Long Grove is an affluent village in Lake County, Illinois, United States, approximately 35 miles northwest of Chicago. The village has strict building ordinances to preserve its “country-town atmosphere”.
The Long Grove area was first settled in the late 1830’s by the George Ruth family, who claimed 160 acres of pristine prairie land, including all four corners of an old Indian trail crossing near a long grove of trees and a meandering stream. Other pioneers soon followed. By 1880 Long Grove was a thriving village with two general stores, two blacksmiths, two wagon and carriage shops, a tavern, a hotel, a creamery, three churches, and four one-room schools. Many of these buildings still exist, and now house shops and restaurants.
The Long Grove area is now known for its historic downtown, its exclusive million dollar homes and the annual chocolate, strawberry and apple festivals that take place in May, June and September, respectively. As Illinois’ first historic district, Long Grove’s charm is distinctively real. Visitors love the relaxed pace and interesting mix of local shops, restaurants, art, and entertainment. Famous for our annual festivals and lush green spaces, Long Grove, was recently named one of Chicago’s Best Public Spaces by the Metropolitan Planning Council.
In addition to its historic downtown area, Long Grove also offers other businesses such as Peet’s Coffee, Sunset Foods and CVS as well as Hillcrest Golf Course and and the Twin Orchard Country Club golf courses.