Glencoe, on Chicago's North Shore, was built as a railroad suburb. Like most of that genre, it has a retail-oriented downtown, with very much the feel of a city neighborhood, just off the train station.
A popular downtown spot is Friends Park, which has a playground that's often teeming with little kids.
As part of a tour of downtown Glencoe Shirley Olin and I sat in Friends Park and talked about life in the village.
Glencoe's annual sidewalk sale is June 25 and 26 - and that's a great time for people considering a move to Glencoe to check out the downtown. It's an easy ride on the Metra or up the Edens Expressway.