By Karon Brown
Just 35 minutes outside of Chicago, there is a little town that is still filled with old world charm – Historic Downtown Long Grove. The village was founded by German farmers in 1800’s. Despite the passage of time, Long Grove has retained it’s quaint farming community roots. And perhaps most notably, Long Grove is home to an iconic and rather infamous covered bridge that dates from the late 1840’s.
Today Long Grove is a unique destination for shopping, restaurants, and renown annual festivals.
Dining options include Buffalo Creek Brewery and the historic Village Tavern. Stop for a wine tasting at Broken Earth Winery or Corked Wine Bar. Don’t forget indulge on Pecan Myrtles or chocolate covered strawberries from Long Grove Confectionary or take home an Original Brown Bag Apple Pie from the Apple Haus. There’s even a restaurant where you can rent your own private RV for dinner – check out the Chatterbox of Long Grove for reservations.
Mark your calendar for one (or more) of the many year-round festivals – For the Love of Chocolate Festival (May), Strawberry Festival (June), Apple Fest (September), Vintage Holidays (November-December). There’s always something to do in historic downtown Long Grove!
Karon Brown – Contributing Editor & Illinois Chapter Guide
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