Well, I live in the boring suburb two towns to the north of you, and I'd say Wilmette is a cornucopia of interest compared to Glencoe. The Bahai Temple, the harbor, an actual downtown, Gillson Park, the el. My gosh, you have alleys even.
To the O.P., might I suggest driving a few suburbs over? I'm guessing we all tend to get too used to where we live, if I am drooling at the very thought of Wilmette.
Laura,I know what you mean about alleys....
The street in front of my house is even paved with brick (but it's not yellow).