If you happen to see someone with a sketchbook in front of Glencoe’s Village Hall or schools, churches and other institutions in the near future, you’re likely watching a map in the making. The Grand Food Center has an initial agreement with artist Mark McMahon to create a map of Glencoe similar to the map of Winnetka that the grocery store commissioned and installed in its Winnetka store earlier this summer.
“I saw the map he made for the City of Lake Forest and I thought it would be great for Winnetka,” said Grand co-owner Chris Barber. “The Grand is the center of the Village of Winnetka – at least in my world! – and we found the perfect spot for it at our new cheese counter, where 1,800 people walk by it each day.”
In addition to enjoying seeing the map at The Grand, patrons can purchase merchandise featuring the map such as cheese boards, posters, coffee mugs, plastic tumblers and stationery.
Representatives of the Winnetka Historical Society provided historical reference and helped evaluate which landmarks McMahon should place in the map. These include the log house at Crow Island Woods, Village Hall, Community House and the many parks, forests and beaches.
“Winnetka is such a family oriented town, so it was important to also get the library, schools and churches that are such a big part of the fabric of the community,” said Tane Beecham, executive director of the Winnetka Historical Society.