Irish Days: Labor Day Weekend in Long Grove

Historic Downtown Long Grove celebrates the return of Irish Days! St. Patrick’s Day is no longer the only time to revel in the cultural traditions from the land of shamrocks and Guinness. Back by popular demand and hosted by Paddy’s on the Square, The Irish Boutique, and the Long Grove Business and Community Partners, Irish Days will take place Labor Day weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, August 30 through September 1, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

A three day long fest that can’t be missed, Long Grove invites you to bring the whole family and enjoy all the best that the Irish culture offers including: live music, dancers, best legs in a Kilt competition, traditional Irish food and drink, activities for the “wee” folk including Arts and Crafts, Coloring, and a Leprechaun Hunt, an Irish dog competition and a village-wide Leprechaun Hunt. This family-friendly Irish bash will be stationed in Fountain Square in the heart of Downtown Long Grove.

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Schedule of Events:

Saturday August 30

11:00am-12:00pm Irish Band
12:20-12:50 McNulty Irish Dancer
1:10-1:40 Shannon Rovers Bagpipe Band
2:00-3:10 Gavin Coyle 3:30-3:50 Irish Dog Competition Awards
4:10-4:40 Dillon Gavin Irish Dancers 5:00-5:20 Best Looking Men’s Legs in a Kilt Competition
5:40-6:50 Larkin & Moran Brothers

Sunday August 31

10:00am Morning Mass celebrated by Father David Ryan of St. Francis de Sales Lake Zurich
11:00am-12:00pm Irish Band
12:20-12:50 McNulty Irish Dancers
12:20-12:50 McNulty Irish Dancers
1:10-1:40 Shannon Rovers Bagpipe Band
2:00-3:10 Jeff Ward
3:30-3:50 Irish Dog Competition Awards
4:10-4:40 Irish Dancers
5:00-5:20 Best Looking Men’s Legs in a Kilt Competition
5:40-6:50 Joe Cullen & Kathleen Keane

Monday September 1

11:00am-12:00pm Academy of Irish Music
12:20-12:50 Dillon Gavin Irish Dancers
1:10-1:40 Shannon Rovers Bagpipe Band
2:00-3:10 Baal Tinne 3:30-3:50 Irish Dog Competition Awards 
4:10-4:40 McNulty Irish Dancers

5:00-5:20 Best Looking Men’s Legs in a Kilt Competition
5:40-6:50 Gavin Coyle

Irish Days’ entertainment:

  • Gavin Coyle: Gavin Coyle was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. An accomplished singer and songwriter, Gavin’s musical range covers pop, folk, and traditional music from his homeland. His performances often reflect this versatility as he mixes traditional and original compositions.
  • Baal Tinne: Chicago’s Baal Tinne takes traditional Irish music and respectfully arranges it to suit the talents of each band member. Formed by County Offaly’s Noel Rice, the band features the self-taught talents of Rice on flute, and his son Kevin, a world-class bodhran player.
  • Jeff Ward: Jeff’s music includes a mix of Irish & Scottish ballads, drinking songs and acoustic American folk songs that display a broad palette of people’s musical talents.
  • The McNulty Irish Dancers: From humble beginnings in Naperville Illinois, the McNulty School of Irish Dance has grown into one of the largest, most active dance schools in the Midwest.
  • The Shannon Rovers Bagpipe Band & many more: The Shannon Rovers “Club” was organized in 1926 by Tommie Ryan and a group of Irishmen, most of whom emigrated from Ireland in the 1920′s, an historical period in Ireland. Today, the band is made up of seventy plus pipers, drummers and color guard.
  • Irish Dog Competition– All Dogs are Irish during Irish Days!  Any dog can enter this special competition.  A panel of 10 children judges will pick a King, Queen, Prince and Princess winner each day.  Register outside the Long Grove Information Center any time from 11am-2:30pm.  Judging for the Princess category begins at 2:45.  Prince category judging will be at 2:55 The Queen competition judging will be at 3:05 The Kings will be judged at 3:15.   Dog Parade will begin at 3:25 promptly.  All competitors will be brought onto the main stage at 3:30 and winners will be announced and crowned at 3:30 each day. Event sponsor: Skycrest Animal Hospital
  • Best Looking Men’s Legs in a Kilt Competition— Reserve your spot Wear your kilt or borrow one of ours.  Judges will be randomly selected festival patrons. Trophy will be awarded each day. Competition takes place at 5:00pm each day
  • Pint Glass Giveaway–Collect all receipts from Long Grove shops and restaurants during the Irish Days weekend. Show them at the Long Grove Info Center and for each group of receipts totaling over $150, receive a free Long Grove Irish Days Pint Glass.
  • Irish Traditional Food and Drink:  Winston’s will be serving Toasted Corned Beef Sandwiches, Whiskey Glazed Chicken, Irish Sausage and Chips, Shepherd’s Pie, Fish and Chips, Irish Egg Rolls, and more.  Guinness Stout, Harp Lager and various Irish Brews will be on tap.
  • Where’s Paddy? Town-wide Leprechaun Hunt— Paddy is headed to Downtown Long Grove during Irish Days.  He will be hiding out in 32 businesses around town.  Find Paddy in 7 of the stores or restaurants and get a wee bit of the Leprechaun’s gold!  So pick up your Paddy Passport and start hunting August 30, 31 and September 1.



Long Grove Arts & Music Council Announces Summer Concert Series

The Long Grove Arts & Music Council (LGAMC) is proud to announce the 2014 summer concert series beginning Sunday, June 29 and returning Sundays through August 24 in Fountain Square in Historic Downtown Long Grove (Old McHenry & Robert Parker Coffin Road).

The LGAMC “Concerts in the Park” begin at 4 p.m. and last until about 6 p.m. and are free of charge.  Concertgoers are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets and sit back and enjoy the air of a summer Sunday afternoon listening to wonderful music.  Guests may bring their own food and beverage, or have the option to purchase food from local Long Grove merchants.

The summer concert series schedule is as follows:

June 29 – Corky Siegel & Howard Levy

Two Chicago Greats! One Phenomenal Concert.  An amazing kick-off to the best season yet. Corky Siegel has earned an international reputation as one of the world’s great blues harmonica masters. He is a composer, blues pianist, singer / songwriter, and recent winner of the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest/Meet the Composer’s national award for chamber music composition and the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award for Music Composition, Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award, and Chicago Blues Hall of Fame.

Howard Levy is a musician without limits. Composer, Grammy Award winner, multi-instrumentalist, he is best known for his astonishing harmonica playing, which has earned him the admiration of audiences worldwide. It is only natural then that Corky Siegel and Howard Levy, two of Chicago’s most revered and celebrated music treasures,  would come together to make people laugh while knocking them flat with jaw dropping virtuosity.

July 6 – No concert this Sunday.  Happy Fourth of July!

July 13 – Small Potatoes

Nineteen years ago, Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso, the Chicago-area duo known as Small Potatoes, decided to hit the road. They might not have had the best plan, but what they did have were great songs and musicianship, and the ability to put on a show. From the start, they’ve called themselves eclecto-maniacs and described their music as “Celtic to Cowboy”. They say it has taken them “years of careful indecision” to come up with a mix of music that ranges from country, blues, and swing to Irish, with songwriting that touches on all of those styles and more. They both sing, they both play guitars and an array of other instruments. They even yodel!

July 20 – Creole Stomp

Creole Stomp travels the country carrying the long tradition of Mississippi River valley Creole music to audiences of thousands. Creole Stomp shows have become legendary and those who have seen them know the emotion and passion that literally jumps from the band.  In fact, over the years the band has become informally known as “The Grateful Dead of Creole Music.” A favorite on the Cajun-Zydeco dance circuit, the band has also become a celebrated fixture at venues around the United States ranging from park concerts and theaters to folk and blues festivals.  “Arguably the best band from outside of Louisiana 
to ever play its music ” -Taste LA Festival

July 27 – Harpeth Rising

They were so good last year, Long Grove had to have them back again. Harpeth Rising chose to name themselves after a river because water is both dynamic and powerful. These words also describe the music created by the three women – Jordana Greenberg (violin, vocals), Rebecca Reed-Lunn (banjo, vocals) and Maria Di Meglio (cello, vocals). Unapologetic genre-benders, they fuse Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into a sound that is organically unique.  Absolutely not to be missed.

August 3 – Sons of the Never Wrong

SONS are as good as it gets when it comes to 3-part harmony within original, whimsical songs that spring from a great folk tradition. A trio made up of Sue Demel, Deborah Lader and Bruce Roper. For 20 years, Sons has been wowing fans with their music, humor, and outrageously fun live shows.

August 10 – Carrie Newcomer

Returning for her fourth time to the Summer Series. Carrie Newcomer has been described as “a soaring songstress” by Billboard, a “prairie mystic by the Boston Globe and Rolling Stone wrote that she “asks all the right questions.” One of the definitive voices of the heartland and progressive spirituality, Newcomer has the ability for sharp observation of the world. Newcomer has attracted a devoted following with her warm voice, exquisite melodies, and an irreverent yet spiritual view of the world. As in the work of poets Mary Oliver and Wendell Berry, Newcomer’s songs are based in the ordinary, and infused with images from the natural world.

August 17 – Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan

Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan is Chicago’s premier gypsy-jazz band.  The group plays the 1930s-style music of guitarist Django Reinhardt — foot-tappin’ swing played on acoustic instruments. It’s a blend of the jubilant swing of early jazz with the feisty passion of gypsy music, plus a strong dose of guitar pyrotechnics and virtuosic improvisation.

August 24 – Maia Sharp & Friends

Maia Sharp wears many hats.  She has had her songs recorded by The Dixie Chicks, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, Keb’ Mo’, Cher, Edwin McCain, David Wilcox, Art Garfunkel, Paul Carrack, Lisa Loeb and many more.  She produced Edwin McCain’s last album Mercy Bound (429 Records) and most recently two songs for Art Garfunkel’s retrospective double album The Singer (Sony).  And through it all, Maia has continued to record her own albums.  She has five solo releases and one collaborative project with Art Garfunkel and Buddy Mondlock that have all been critically acclaimed and enthusiastically embraced by press and radio.  Maia Sharp will be joined by Miami-native pianist and guitarist, AG, who has recorded nine albums and licensed music to television shows such as Grey’s AnatomyOne Tree Hill, and Gossip Girl., and Garrison Starr, a recording artist with two EPs, one live album and fifteen years in the business under her belt.  Amazingly talented musicians and songwriters on their own, bringing these three together makes for an extraordinary day of music.

This event is rain or shine!  For more information on the summer concert series visit  If you have any questions about the LGAMC or if you would like to contribute, please contact: Tobin Fraley at or call 847-722-8989 .

The First Ever “Best of the Best” Tasting Competition at Long Grove’s Strawberry Fest


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The much-anticipated Long Grove Strawberry Festival has now come to a close, but not before the three days of incredible food, music, and fun for the whole family created delicious memories to last a lifetime.

This year, we welcomed the addition of a new exciting event to encourage a little friendly competition among Long Grove’s talented chefs. In the first ever Strawberry Fest’s Best of the Best tasting competition, local restaurants competed for the bragging rights to proudly say they accomplished the most creative, aesthetically pleasing, and flavorful strawberry dish anyone could put together.

The Long Grove Strawberry Festival Best of the Best tasting competition took place on Saturday, June 21. The esteemed judges, consisting of Angie Underwood, the Long Grove Village President, Mike Kostyo, the founder of the Chicago Food Blogger Network, and Anthony Martin executive chef at Tru restaurant in Chicago, offered their expertise and valued opinions to rank the contenders. Dishes were judged on a scale from 1-5 in the categories of Presentation, Creativity, and Overall Taste.

Competitors greeted judges one by one, and presented their dishes, explaining the range of flavors and methods of preparation involved. Each contestant proved their ability to think outside the box, and implement strawberries in their diverse types and styles of dishes.

Entries included everything stretching from sandwiches, soups, desserts, salads, and even raviolis and pierogies. The competition not only highlighted the creativity and quality of Long Grove restaurants and eateries, but also displayed the extent of cultural diversity in our town through its food.

The outright winner, as recognized by the judges, was The Village Tavern, who presented their Shaved Prime Rib Sandwich with Strawberry Salsa and Fontina Cheese.



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In Second Place, we are proud to announce the Chilled Strawberry, Cucumber and Watercress Soup from High Tea with Gerri stood out as an exemplary usage of complementing flavors and ingredients, with creative execution and presentation.

And finally, in Third Place, Chatterbox Long Grove impressed judges with their Chocolate Strawberry Tacos, an interesting twist on an old favorite.

Other memorable dishes include the Shrimp and Strawberry Ceviche from the Long Grove Café, the Strawberry Apple Pie from the Long Grove Confectionery, the Strawberry Raviolis from Enzo & Lucia’s Restaurant, the Strawberry Macaroons filled with butter cream and fresh strawberries from Sweet Whimsy Pastry Shop, the Strawberry & Citrus Herb Goat Cheese Salad from The Olive Tap, and the Strawberry Pierogis from Beans & Leaves Coffee and Tea.

The Town of Long Grove is proud to recognize the outstanding culinary talent of all our contestants. We thank everyone who shared their creations with us and contributed to the light-hearted and fun-packed vibe of the Long Grove Strawberry Festival and the Best of the Best tasting competition.

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Sundays at the Long Grove Farmers’ Market

Long Grove Farmers’ Market
Sunday, June 8 – Sunday, October 12
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Long Grove Farmers’ Market this year will feature a wide range of fresh local and Midwest produce along with a variety of organic products. We welcome Grassroots Farm to our market again this year which will broaden the organic offerings along with their Free-Range non-GMO fed, no antibiotic used, large brown egg. Grassroots will also be selling Heirloom sweet corn and pop corn, bouquets of cottage garden flowers and organic plants and plant products. The market will also have artisan breads, pastries, pies, gourmet coffee, sauces, pickles, salsa health food products and much more. Our market is dog friendly and will also be selling homemade dog treats.

We have also added a monthly car show to our Sunday mornings which will be featuring muscle cars to corvettes. We are looking forward to a new year with our new exciting schedule.

In addition to our Farmers Market we have added a little music and an Art Fair each week that will feature a variety of artists from Simply Wicked Art selling fine art to fiber art through out the season. Simply Wicked Art is a Chicago based art group that puts on art shows and transforms spaces into pop-up gallery exhibitions that help expose artists to the community.  Their goal is to create opportunities for artists and help them reach their untapped creative potential while establishing Chicago as a hub for the arts.

The Long Grove Farmers’ Market will be located on Archer Road adjacent to Archer parking lot in the historic downtown off Old McHenry or Robert Parker Coffin Road.

For more information about being a vendor or a special guest please contact Mary Ann Ullrich at The Village Tavern 847-634-3117 or

Mother’s Day Boutique Fashion Show

Mother’s Day Boutique Fashion Show
Celebrate in Style..

Thursday, May 8 at The Grove Country Club
6:00 p.m.- Shopping & Cocktails
7:30 p.m.- Fashion Show

Participating Long Grove Boutiques include: Beata’s Soul Art, Bella Donna Boutique, Cleo Jewelry & Gifts, Olivia’s Past Boutique, Prairie Smoke and Trio Boutique

Tickets cost $25 and include h’dourves, wine & sweets!

For tickets, call 847-550-1089 ext. 5111
Or email Alayna at

Mother's Day Fashion Show

PEEPS® Diorama Show Hosted by The Long Grove Artists Guild


PEEPS ® Diorama Show Hosted by the Long Grove Artists Guild
April 5 – 26, 2014
Artist Reception: Sunday, April 13 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Create your piece using actual PEEPS® candy of any variety; no other food materials are allowed. Be inspired!
Search the internet for PEEPS® dioramas. Come up with your own Peep Creation!

Entries are due March 29 – March 30, 11am-5pm at the Long Grove Artists Guild Gallery located in Building #21, shared with The Lucy & Ethel’s Shop 325 Old McHenry Rd & the Potpourri shop. Entrance off the Fountain Square side in Long Grove, IL
Entry Forms are available at the Gallery, open 11-5 Saturdays & Sundays.
Or, contact Dona:

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Olivia’s Past Boutique 25/50 Celebration!



Olivia’s Past Boutique has been in business for 25 years, and Lynne is turning 50!  In honor of these two milestones, Olivia’s Past would like to thank their customers with a 25/50 sale.

On Thursday, March 6 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. enjoy 25% off all regular priced merchandise and 50% off all clearance!

Nibbles and sips will be provided.  Hope to see you all there!

For more information, call Olivia’s Past Boutique at (847) 913-1988.

Long Grove Strawberry Fest 2014

Long Grove Strawberry Fest 2014
June 20-22

Historic Downtown Long Grove’s annual Strawberry Festival is returning on Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22. Purchase discounted tickets here!

Strawberry Festival visitors are invited to enjoy three “berry” special days of decadent strawberry-inspired treats from local merchants and vendors such as:

  • Strawberry blended creams, strawberry mocha frappes, strawberry Italian soda and wild strawberry iced tea from Beans & Leaves
  • Vegan and gluten-free strawberry popcorn from Long Grove Popcorn Shoppe
  • Chocolate dipped strawberries, strawberry fudge and strawberry kabobs from Ma & Pa’s Candy
  • Original Italian strawberry ice, strawberry donuts and fresh strawberry apple pie at Long Grove Confectionery
  • Strawberry macaroons filled with butter cream and fresh strawberries or homemade strawberry shortcake sundaes with wild strawberry gelato, crème anglaise and homemade whipped cream from Sweet Whimsy Pastry Shop

Plus, delight in strawberry-themed foods, drinks and merchandise from participating restaurants and shops throughout the weekend including:

  • Strawberry barbecue sauce and fresh strawberry lemonade at Smokin’ T’s
  • Chocolate covered strawberry tacos and strawberry bruschetta from The Chatterbox
  • Stuffed ravioli filled with fresh strawberries and ricotta courtesy of Enzo & Lucia’s
  • Strawberry scones with strawberry butter, strawberry soufflé and chilled strawberry, cucumber and watercress soup at High Tea with Gerri
  • Shrimp and strawberry ceviche, lamb with strawberry risotto, grilled pork loin with strawberry barbecue sauce, strawberry gazpacho and strawberry ice cream crepes from Long Grove Café Restaurant
  • Strawberry Zinfandel balsamic glaze and strawberry white balsamic vinegar at The Olive Tap
  • Broken Earth strawberry wine from Paso Robles courtesy of Broken Earth Winery
  • Strawberry BBQ Bacon Burger, Strawberry BBQ Chicken Breast Sandwich, Strawberry Caesar Salad, Old Fashion Strawberry Shortcake, Assorted Strawberry Cocktails & Assorted Strawberry Craft Beers. Saturday & Sunday only- Spicy Strawberry Salsa topped Chicken Breast Sandwich and Spicy Strawberry Salsa & Chips from The Village Tavern

In addition to all things strawberry, guests are invited to bring the whole gang and enjoy live entertainment at venues all over town, sip on refreshing beverages in the multiple beer gardens, participate in riveting strawberry pie eating contests and stroll through the picturesque cobblestone streets of Downtown Long Grove.  This is a family affair with plenty of children’s activities including rides, face painting and more!

The Strawberry Fest music schedule is as follows:

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The Long Grove Strawberry Festival will be open Friday, June 20 and Sunday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Admission to the festival is $5 at the door, with all proceeds benefiting the Long Grove Business and Community Partners to support yearly programming and events.

Schaefer/Miles Oil Painting Technique Demonstration and Workshop at Rivellino School of Art

Schaefer/Miles Oil Painting Technique Demonstration and Workshop at Rivellino School of Art

The husband and wife painting team of Kevin D. Miles and Wendy Schaefer-Miles is unique in the art world. They are two artists with one vision, working side-by-side on the same canvas. They live to paint and paint to live. Sharing their lives on canvas; jointly producing finely detailed oil paintings of lush landscapes from their travels. The artists have studied the techniques of the Old Masters to the Impressionists and utilize these methods to create their own unique style.


Together, they plan the drawing. Wendy with her spontaneous free spirit takes on a blank canvas with gusto. Wendy has been painting in oils since the age of nine. She uses brilliant color, a flittering brush stroke to develop the basic painting. Then Kevin adds the light, atmospheric color and detail to finish off the painting. The unique story of their collaboration in Love, Life and Art is inspirational.

Friday Feb 7, 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Oil Painting Demonstration

$15 Adults & Teens

*Bring a paper bag lunch

Friday Feb 7, 7:00pm to 9:00 pm

Oil Painting Demonstration

$15 Adults & Teens

Saturday Feb 8, 10:00am to 4:00pm

Oil Painting Workshop
$115 Adults & Teens

*Bring a paper bag lunch and your own supplies


*The Artists’ work will be on display and available for purchase.


Register online now- space is limited:

This Valentine’s Day Shop Local. Shop Long Grove!

This Valentine’s Day, visit the Shops of Long Grove and show your appreciation for local businesses and the community by shopping local! Every taxable dollar spent in Long Grove benefits the Village and the downtown; and contributes to the quality of life you enjoy and the value of your property.

Stroll around our charming, romantic downtown. You’ll have an incredible personal shopping experience featuring a distinctive selection of specialty gifts, jewelry, apparel, art, collectibles and more.

Give your sweetheart indulgent chocolate and other sweet treats from Ma & Pa’s Candy, Sweet Whimsy Pastry Shop, Long Grove Popcorn Shoppe, and Long Grove Confectionery.

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Long Grove Confectionery

Discover unique gifts for men and women from Country House, Viking Treasures Scandinavian Gifts, The Irish Boutique, Neumann’s Cigars and More, and Mangel Gifts. Your loved one will treasure gifts from The Pear Tree Shoppe, Within Reach, Nifty 50s, Lucy & Ethel’s, The Back Door, Potpourri, The Artistic Gardener, The Olive Tap and Creative Hands.

Cuddle up with your main squeeze at Beans & Leaves Coffee & Tea Café, then head over for a little something irresistible and sparkly at Celine’s Custom Jewelers or Cleo Jewelry & Gifts.

Trio Boutique

Trio Boutique

Shopping for a gift for the fashion savvy person in your life?  They will cherish clothing and accessory gifts from Olivia’s Past, Paddy’s on the Square, Trio Boutique, Prairie Smoke Clothing Company, Beata’s Soul Art, and Bella Donna Boutique.

Olivia's Past Boutique

Olivia’s Past Boutique

Incredible antique finds, furniture, home décor and art can be found while exploring such stops as Amers Gallery, Long Grove Artists Guild, Woodland Grove Gallery, Emporium of Antiques, Carriage Trade, and take couples classes at Rivellino School of Art!

When you’re ready for a shopping break, warm hospitality awaits you with plenty of dining options including The Village Tavern, which also features live entertainment; the newly re-opened, romantic Enzo & Lucia’s Ristorante & Café; and Long Grove Café and Restaurant. You also may host your special event at High Tea with Gerri.

Enzo & Lucia's Ristorante

Enzo & Lucia’s Ristorante

Our Visitor’s Information Center (corner of Old McHenry Road and Robert Parker Coffin Road) is staffed seven days a week to help answer questions, provide walking maps and brochures, and coordinate arrangements.

Continue the retail tradition since 1838!  We look forward to seeing you and your someone special this Valentine’s Day at the shops of Long Grove!