About Us

Located at 690 Birch Lane (not a mailing address for correspondence to Little House of Glencoe), Glencoe, Illinois, 60022 Little House of Glencoe is a “one of a kind” local treasure, located in the Forest Preserve District of Cook County’s “Skokie Lagoons.” Run by a volunteer board, Little House’s Mission is to provide a unique meeting place in a natural setting.  The Little House of Glencoe provides a woodsy setting with access to Forest Preserve bike trails and the canoe launch at Tower Rd. It is well suited for many types of meetings such as Community Groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Indian Princess or Private Events.  Little House of Glencoe is always looking for programs that would benefit the community and will explore opportunities to partner with organizations that effect the community in a positive way.  Please contact us by email for the fastest response regarding rentals at info@littlehouseofglencoe.org and we’ll respond to you during normal weekday business hours.  You may also leave us a phone message at 847-786-3286.

Little House of Glencoe was founded by Glencoe Girl Scout leaders who wanted a safe, comfortable, and convenient place for their Girl Scouts to earn badges, practice camping skills, and participate in overnights. The scout leaders selected a wooded piece of land on Glencoe’s border with the Cook County Forest Preserve, and arranged permission to build a cabin. Fundraising began in 1945, and Little House opened its doors for its first function in 1949. Shortly afterwards, the scouts made the space available to other community groups.  In its 70 years of operation, Little House has been a popular place not just for scouts and badge work, but for family gatherings, community parties, outdoor trainings, club meetings, and youth group overnights. Little House has hosted the Glencoe Girl Scout day camps for more than 30 summers. The facility is a charming cabin with modern plumbing, a full kitchen, a small stage, a screened-in porch plus indoor and outdoor fireplaces.

Little House ownership passed from the Girl Scouts to an independent non-profit organization in the mid-1960s.

While about two-thirds of its budget comes from facility rentals, the Little House organization is dependent on private donations to keep the lights on and the doors open.

Little House accepts bookings from all over the Chicagoland area, and has discounted rates for non-profit organizations.

Read the attachment below for more historical information for Little House of Glencoe.

Natalia’s Final Silver Project Paper