With a population of just under 9,000, Glencoe is one of the smaller communities on the North Shore. But village pride is strong among people who reside there as well as those who have moved away and fanned out all over the globe. And now there are just-right gifts for Glencoephiles: Mugs, tumblers, posters and more featuring a map of the village painted by artist Mark McMahon.
“I am a big fan of his work,” said Chris Barber, owner of The Grand Food Centers in Glencoe and Winnetka, which commissioned the map of Glencoe and one of Winnetka, too.
Earlier this year The Grand unveiled its map of Winnetka, also by McMahon. When shoppers round the corner by the cheese area where the map is on display, they take notice.
“People tell us it is such a gift from the store to the community. People really love it. We are trying to replicate that in the Glencoe store,” said Barber. McMahon also painted a map of Lake Forest for the City of Lake Forest.
To create the Glencoe map, McMahon set up his sketch book and easel in front of key places around the village, including Village Hall, Glencoe Writers Theatre, Chicago Botanic Garden, Watts Ice Center, Glencoe Golf Course, as well as the village’s library, beach, schools, downtown businesses and, of course, The Grand itself. Live sketching is how he prepares for all of his work.
Glencoe map merchandise can be purchased at the Grand Food Center at 341 Hazel Avenue, Glencoe. Winnetkans can purchase similar merchandise with the map of their village from The Grand at 606 Green Bay Road, Winnetka. McMahon’s gallery is another great place to shop local for an even wider variety of holiday gifts. The gallery is at 51 Highwood Avenue, Highwood.