Welcome to Long Grove
Upscale rural enclave situated just northwest of Chicago.
Long Grove is Illinois’s first historic district and was established in the 1800s by farmers who came to town to buy supplies and have their horses shod. Today, Long Grove embraces the roots of its farming past by preserving its historic buildings, charming cobblestone streets, flowering gardens, towering trees, and conservation areas.
The original homes and businesses now bear plaques recognizing their importance to Long Grove’s history. The signature covered bridge and the village landmarks in the historic district have all been carefully preserved as the town evolved into a quaint and charming enclave for tourists and locals alike.
What to Love
- Historic, charming downtown
- Relaxed pace with a countryside feel
- Scenic community gathering spaces
Country chic intermingled with historic charm is an apt description of the ambiance in Long Grove. Residents here enjoy the laid-back elegance as they stroll the cobblestone streets lined with funky shops and historic homes and buildings dating back to the community’s roots in the 1800s. Long Grove is perfect for professionals and families seeking a relaxed pace surrounded by an eclectic mix of local shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Additionally, commuters benefit from the convenient access to Chicago, which is just a train ride away.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Meander along the brick pathways winding throughout the historic downtown as you take in the seasonal lush gardens and scenic views. Residents and visitors alike delight in discovering a unique blend of historic locations, quaint shops, and wonderful food and drink. You’ll find plenty of shops that specialize in unique gifts, exceptional art, and high-end home decor.
After you’ve indulged in a luxury shopping experience, relax in one of Long Grove's bakeries, cafés, and fine dining establishments. Experience a taste of California wine without leaving Illinois at Broken Earth Winery, which produces unique wines that are estate-grown, harvested, and bottled in Paso Robles. Rancho Tierra Rejada, Spanish for “land of worked earth,” is the original name of the 2,500-acre Paso Robles ranch that is now home to the vineyards of Broken Earth Winery. Each varietal released is an accurate reflection of the style and the region. Continue your wine tasting tour at Corked Wine Bar, which boasts an extensive selection of wines from around the world as well as small plates.
Enjoy Italian cuisine in an intimate setting at Enzo & Lucia, which is located in a historic Victorian-style home with a candlelit dining room. The menu features classic Italian dishes made from cherished family recipes. After dinner, satisfy your sweet tooth or get a boost of caffeine at Covered Bridge Creamery, which offers coffee, ice cream, and tea. The ice cream here is supplied by Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream out of Madison, WI.
Things to Do
The lush open spaces of Long Grove are popular gathering places for annual festivals and outdoor music that draw impressive crowds, as well as holiday festivals and winter activities.
Peruse all things vintage, antique, reclaimed, repurposed, upcycled, and handmade at
Long Grove’s Vintage Days, a two-day street market. Kick off summer at Strawberry Fest, a cherished tradition among locals that features three days of strawberry-infused food and drink, live music, and family entertainment. Some of the area’s most popular restaurants, chefs, and vendors gather to serve unique strawberry-centric cuisine, including strawberry sauces, deep-fried strawberries, strawberry kabobs, strawberry jams, and more.
Beer connoisseurs enjoy sampling local and regional craft brews at the annual Craft Beer Festival, which also hosts live music and food trucks. Experience cuisine from local restaurants, wineries, and breweries as well as live music during Long Grove Live.
Long Grove is served by Kildeer Countryside School District 96. Top educational opportunities include:
- Kildeer Countryside Elementary School, 1-5
- Country Meadows Elementary School, 1-5
- Adlai E. Stevenson High School, 9-12
- Daniel Wright Junior High School, 6-8