Buffalo Grove is a village located in the northern suburbs of Chicago, and in Cook and Lake counties in Illinois, United States. Buffalo Creek was named when bison were seen drinking from the creek by the Potawatomi, French & English, and when bison bones were found in the area. Bison also grazed and rested in the grove thus lending itself to the name of the village. In July 2009, Buffalo Grove was listed at No. 65 on Money magazine’s “best places to live” list. The village is home to two annual festivals, the Buffalo Grove Days held in September and an Arts Festival held in mid-July. Throughout the village, there are a number of various business parks.
There are close to 50 parks: Alcott Center & Park, Aptakisic Park, Apple Hill Park, Bicentennial Park, Bison Park, Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve, Cambridge Park, Canterbury Park, Cherbourg Park, Children’s Park, Churchill Park, Cooper Park, Crossings Pond, Emmerich Park, Frenchmens Cove, Green Lake Park, Happy Tails Dog Park, Highland Point Park, Ivy Hall Park, Kilmer Park, Lions Park, Longfellow Park, Martha Weiss Park, Michael Rylko Community Park formerly known as Busch Grove Community Park, Mill Creek Park, Mirielle Park, Nicole Park, Northwood Park, Old Farm Park, Oxford Park, Parkchester Park, Prairie Park, Prairie Grove Park, Pritchett Park, Raupp Memorial Park, Rolling Hills Park, Rolling Hills North Park, Tripp Park, Tartan Park, Twin Creeks Park, Veterans Park, Weidner Park, Wellington Commons Park, Westchester Park, Willow Grove Park, Willow Stream Park, Windfield Park, Windsor Ridge Park and Woodland Park.
The Raupp Museum, operated by the Buffalo Grove Park District, is the town’s museum of local history. Saint Mary’s Church, completed 1899, is the oldest building in the village. Lou Malnatis Pizzaria is housed in the second oldest building in the village (also completed 1899). Located around the same downtown area, there is the Buffalo Grove Town Center, which is a major shopping and retail destination within the village, at the Buffalo Grove Road and McHenry Road intersections with Lake-Cook Road, being anchored by the Buffalo Grove Theaters and by Brunswick, a bowling/arcade/laser-tag venue that is open to the public and also hosts corporate and private parties. In 2014, the Buffalo Grove Park District opened the Community Arts Center, which houses a theatre space and classrooms. The theatre is used by the Park District’s local theatre company, Big Deal Productions.