First settlers came here in the 1830s. The population and industrial growth began shortly after the Treaty of Chicago. During the Civil War years, the village residents managed to develop their small farming community and create wide opportunities for the local business. During its history, the village had changed its name several times. Originally settled as South Northfield, later it became North Branch and Oak Glen. It got its current name in the 1870s after a number of unsuccessful attempts to name it after its noble residents. Widely known as one of the best places to live in Illinois, Glenview offers its residents and visitors a wide range of educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities.