Save the Date: Long Grove 2015 Festivals

Announcing our 2015 festival dates!

Mark your calendars for fun-filled weekends featuring delicious treats, family-friendly activities, unique shopping, dining, live music and more!


Chocolate Fest
May 15, 16, & 17
Savor a weekend of irresistible chocolate treats and tastings.

Strawberry Fest
June 26, 27, & 28
Enjoy “berry” special days of fresh strawberry-inspired treats at our restaurants and shops.

Apple Fest

Fall Apple Fest
September 25, 26, & 27
Get your fix of apple-themed cuisine and drinks throughout our quaint cobblestone streets.

Merchant Spotlight: Beans & Leaves New Owner, Ethel Robey-Berger


The Village of Downtown Long Grove would like to give a warm welcome to Ethel Robey-Berger, the new owner of Beans & Leaves Coffee and Tea Café, who took over the café from previous longtime owner, Karen, in August 2014. Beans & Leaves is an independent, family-owned coffee house that has been serving the Long Grove community since the 1970s.

Ethel, a Philippines native, and moved to the United States to attend college at George Mason University. After completing her undergraduate degree, she moved to Europe and attended the Culinary Institute of Florence in Italy where she pursued her culinary career, and later settled here in Long Grove, IL.

Ethel and her husband Tim, have always dreamed about having something of their own. When they heard the news that Beans & Leaves was for sale, Ethel immediately thought this was the perfect opportunity. She discussed the topic with her husband, and he supported the endeavor. The timing was right, as Ethel’s youngest daughter started school full time this fall, affording Ethel the chance to rejoin the workforce in the way she wanted to – as a business owner.

Beans & Leaves offers a cozy atmosphere and features fresh, locally roasted fine coffee and a wide variety of loose leaf teas. The café’s mission is to make coffee and espresso a class above anything else within the area while providing a clean, tidy, and organized environment. During the warmer months, many people enjoy walking around outside on Beans & Leaves beautiful patio and gazebo. This is the perfect place for family and friends to gather, as well as musicians and artists. Come to Beans & Leaves where neighbors gather as friends, live music abounds, and memories are made.


There have already been a few, small, meaningful changes made within the shop under Ethel’s ownership. “We now serve Conscious Cup coffee, a local small batch roaster”, says Ethel. She is now offering Sumatra and Guatemala beans in the café, and is in the process of developing her own signature tea blend, “The Beans & Leaves Tea”, that we can watch for in the near future.

Quality and service prevail at Beans & Leaves. When asked about her customer service philosophy Ethel said “Do unto your customers as you want to be treated when you’re a customer.”

Ethel and her husband have two children, and could not be happier with the new business. During her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, or devoting time to Landowska Harpsichord Society of Illinois: A non-profit organization that promotes and finds venues for young classical musicians.

Celebrate the Holiday Season in Long Grove

Experience Long Grove’s winter wonderland this holiday season. We invite you to stroll our quaint, festively decorated historic downtown and enjoy one-of-a-kind shopping, dining, and family fun during the holidays. As you walk through town, take a moment to visit Long Grove’s historic flag pole on Towner Green, cheerfully decorated with lighting to resemble a holiday tree. Today, the flag pole serves as a welcoming winter beacon for locals and holiday shoppers. Previously, Terry Druggen, an Al Capone associate, erected the flag pole on his Long Grove farm during prohibition. Allegedly, Druggen’s assistant would raise the flag (originally double the size, and visible from a mile away) if it were safe for Druggen to return; if the flag was lowered, it meant someone was looking for Druggen and he should stay away. Lightening stuck the flag pole in the 1950s reducing it to its more modest 40-foot height.


Warm Hands and Hearts this Holiday Season
Long Grove is “Smitten with Mittens™”! The Long Grove Business and Community Partners will be collecting mittens (new or gently used and clean), from now until December 24 to donate to the Family First Center of Lake County. Stop by the Visitors’ Center at 308 Old McHenry Road to drop off your donation.
Shop for Unique Gifts All Season
Shop for unique gifts, jewelry, apparel, art, collectibles and more at Long Grove’s specialty shops, plus enjoy dining, entertainment and festive fun for the whole family. Collect & present receipts between now – Dec. 24, totaling $150 (excluding tax and gratuity), and receive a free gift from The Visitors’ Center, while supplies last!

‘Tis the Season to Visit Long Grove
Charming, historic downtown Long Grove is the destination for the holiday season. Visitors will enjoy a variety of family fun amidst the twinkling holiday lights weekends through Sunday, December 21.

Holiday Weekend Festivities: Saturday, December 20 & Sunday, December 21
(subject to change, check back for more details)
  • Horse & Carriage Rides – Saturdays & Sundays from 1 – 4 p.m. Tickets and boarding at Galena Canning Company in the Mill Pond Shoppes. Sponsored by the Forsythe Family.

Shared Rides:
$10 per adult
$15 per couple
$5 children (age 3 and under seated on parents’ lap are free)
$25 Private Carriage Ride (seats 4 adults or a family of 5)

  • Santa Visits Long Grove Saturdays & Sundays from 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Storytelling at 2 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays at the Visitors’ Center. Most readings will be done by famous Long Grove author Tobin Fraley.
  • Humbug Scavenger Hunts for kids. Entries available at the Visitors’ Center.
  • Humbug coloring contests for kids. Entries available at the Visitors’ Center.
  • Jack Eiler sings and plays festive holiday music at the Visitors’ Center from 1 – 4 p.m. (excluding 12/13)
  • View the historic 40′ flag pole Christmas tree on Towner Green
Upcoming Merchant Events
(subject to change, check back for more details)
  • Enjoy live holiday music from Bill Robinson & Friends, weekends, beginning Saturday, December 6 – Sunday, December 21 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Mangel Gifts.
  • The Village Tavern invites you to Lunch with Santa – December 20 beginning at 11 A.M. Reservations are required. Call (847) 634-3117.
  • Feast on a Holiday Wine Pairing Dinner at The Long Grove Cafe Restaurant on Saturday, December 20 at 6:30 p.m. Guests will be treated to a four course meal with five different wines for each course, plus a “welcome wine” upon arrival. The four-course Spanish-themed meal includes an appetizer, salad, entree and dessert. Cost for the Holiday Wine Pairing Dinner is $35 per person or $55 per couple (pre-payment is required for discount). Limited seating available. Reservations are required. Please call (847) 955-9600 to secure your spot today.
  • The Long Grove Cafe Restaurant invites you and the family to come in and have breakfast with Santa on Sunday December 21! Make your reservation today by calling (847) 955-9600.
  • Book your Lunch or Dinner with Santa reservation at Enzo & Lucia Italian Restaurant on Sunday, December 21. Reservations are required. Call (847) 478-8825.


Rivellino School of Art Needs Support to Qualify for a $150,000 Grant from Mission Main Street Grants | Vote Before October 17!

Rivellino School of ArtThe Rivellino School of Art has applied for a $150,000 grant from Chase as part of a newly launched program, Mission Main Street℠ Grants, and needs your help securing at least 250 votes by October 17, 2014 in order to be eligible for a grant! Customers, fans, and community members can show support for Rivellino School of Art by clicking here and following the prompts to vote via Facebook Connect.

School founder and Director Roshel Rivellino said, “The grant would allow us to add new equipment such as stand-up easels, silk painting tables, looms, a ceramic kiln, digital cameras, more computers, a smartboard, a 3-D printer, and it would allow us to hire more teachers and offer more classes.”

Through Mission Main Street Grants, Chase will award $3 million to small business across America. The 20 grant recipients will be announced in January of 2015.

About Mission Main Street Grants
Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to small business, Chase launched Mission Main Street Grants, a program that will award 20 grants of $150,000 to small businesses across America. By completing a business profile, a grant questionnaire, and meeting relevant eligibility requirements, small businesses will have access to special offers from the Premier Sponsor, Google. Chase is committed to helping small businesses so they can take big steps for their business and community.

About Rivellino School of Art
The Rivellino School of Art believes in the integration of art, technology, and culture to promote self-confidence, creative thinking, and personal growth. Their art rooms are fun and full of laughter, and students bring home exciting works of art that instill pride and a sense of accomplishment. They offer art classes in beautiful downtown Long Grove for students from age 4 through adult, including painting, drawing, cartooning, mosaics, sculpture, textile arts, weaving, photography, video, computer art, paper crafts, quilling, jewelry, and much more… with classes, workshops and demonstrations to meet all interests and abilities.

Meet Long Grove’s 2014 Five Star Real Estate Agent, Renee Clark!

Congratulations to Long Grove resident Renee Clark for being named a “2014 Five Star Real Estate Agent”. Realtors earn this very prestigious award, published in Chicago Magazine, by providing exceptional service to their clients. Winning this award puts Renee in the top 3% of all Chicago Realtors.


Renee has been a resident in the village of Long Grove for 16 years.  She is also a long standing board member of the Long Grove Business and Community Partners. There were thousands of realtors who were nominated this year by various clients, but only 1182 awards were given, putting Renee in an elite class of real estate agents.

Renee’s clients went above and beyond when nominating her for this award. Not only did they take the time to nominate her, but also gave her tremendous evaluations in order to qualify her for the award, and win!

One of Renee’s most recent clients stated:

“We worked with Renee recently to sell our Long Grove property and buy another one in Kildeer. We couldn’t have been happier with the service we received. Renee offered great advice and was so straight forward, calm and professional but equally fun to work with. We are delighted that she has been recognized, we couldn’t recommend her highly enough!”



If you have a home to sell or are looking for a new property contact Renee at 847-612-0027 or Please visit and like her on facebook/Renee Clark Real Estate Group.



Oktoberfest in Long Grove

Long Grove Celebrates its German Roots with Oktoberfest
Experience German cuisine, beer, live music and fun for the whole family

Saturday & Sunday, October 4, 5, 11 & 12

Tavern Oktoberfest

Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Germany at Historic Downtown Long Grove’s FREE Oktoberfest celebration.

The Village Tavern invites guests to join in the celebration of Long Grove’s heritage under their Oj0262796 copyktoberfest Beer Tent beginning at 11 a.m., with festivities including:

  • Authentic German fare – German sausage from Broken Earth Winery, beer pretzels, and more
  • Beer flights and German wine
  • Beer trucks featuring eight different taps and 16 varieties of seasonal and Oktoberfest beers
  • German bands from 1–4 p.m.
  • Free pumpkin decorating and kids activities
  • Free hayrides throughout town from 1-5 p.m.
  • An antique tractor show on October 11 and 12

The Long Grove Village Tavern will be open for normal business hours throughout the Oktoberfest weekends for guests who wish to dine inside.

Enjoy live music throughout town, including in The Village Tavern Beer Tent:

Saturday, October 4:
11:15-11:45 a.m. Long Grove Performing Arts
1-4 p.m. Mike Knauf (German Music)
6-9 p.m. New Odyssey

Sunday, October 5:TavernOkto-13
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Christmas Schooner
1-4 p.m. Mike Knauf (German Music)

Saturday, October 11:
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Christmas Schooner
1-4 p.m. Mike Knauf (German Music)
6-9 p.m. Stateline

Sunday, October 12:
11:30 a.m.-Noon Kildeer Chorus
1-4 p.m. Mike Knauf (German Music)

Car enthusiasts, don’t miss the inaugural European Autoschau on October 4, a concours-style show where car enthusiasts can gather in the heart of Long Grove to view or showcase European automobiles from pre-war through the modern decades.


Visitors will also enjoy all day shopping in Historic Downtown Long Grove for unique fall fashion, art, decor, and more. In addition to German fare, fast-casual and fine dining options are available throughout town.

Strawberry Fest on Food Network’s Eating America with Anthony Anderson!

Long Grove Strawberry Fest Food NetworkWatch Long Grove’s Strawberry Fest on Food Network’s Eating America with Anthony Anderson! Local chefs compete for the best dish title during our annual festival. Visit for a list of upcoming rebroadcasts of the Strawberry Festival episode!

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.

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.

New Businesses Open in Historic Downtown Long Grove!

Eat, Drink & Dance Your Heart Away…

The Long Grove Business and Community Partners (LGBCP) is proud to welcome new additions to their array of charming sChatterbox Exteriorhops, businesses promoting music, art, dance and services, along with exceptional full service restaurants and fast casual dining, all in historic downtown Long Grove in Chicago’s northern suburbs.  New openings in Long Grove include Chatterbox of Long Grove, In Motion Dance and Broken Earth Winery.

Chatterbox of Long Grove (330 Old McHenry Road) is the most recent addition to Long Grove’s dining scene, which recently opened under the ownership of Steve Besbeas.  Chatterbox’s menu, created by Executive Chef Chris Rybicki, mimics the casual and comfortable feel of the restaurant’s atmosphere with delicious small plates, flatbreads, weekly specials, and more.  For those who come thirsty, Chatterbox has a fully stocked bar and a beverage list that perfectly pairs with popular menu items.  To learn more about Chatterbox of Long Grove visit or call 847.383.5492

In Motion Dance (404 Robert Parker Coffin Road) owned by Jessica Wielondek, or Miss Jessica as her students know her, has opened their doors in Downtown Long Grove just in time for the Fall season.  In Motion Dance offers students ages 2 ½ to 18 years old the opportunity to learn a variety of dance styles including: ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, poms and tap.  Students perform at community events, nursing homes and annual recitals and also have the opportunity to audition for the prestigious STAR Dance Company.  For more information on In Motion Dance visit or call 847.478.0155


Broken Earth Winery, owned by The Forsythe Family (long-time residents of Long Grove), is located in the Mill Pond Shops of Downtown Long Grove. This exciting new winey, set to open its doors just in time for Apple Fest, Sept. 26, 27, 28, will offer wine tastings, wine club memberships, video gaming and full service dining featuring appetizers, burgers and small plate samplings, along with wine, beer, and other beverages. Private dining will be available. In addition, the Broken Earth Winery will sell their Award Winning Wines by the bottle or by the case, along with gift items and a full selection of wine accessories. Broken Earth glassware on winebar copy

The family’s Paso Robles winery produces estate grown and harvested unique wines, from vines first planted in 1973, and bottled in their winery in Paso Robles, California.  Long Grove, IL. becomes home to their first expansion of their winery outside of California.

Other recent changes in Long Grove include: Beans & Leaves Coffee and Tea Café and the Long Grove Café, both under new ownership; and the addition of State Farm Insurance, Ryan Messner Agency, as a new service provider for the community and surrounding neighborhoods.


Never before has there been a better time to conduct business in Long Grove.  Recent retirements by merchants and landlords have made prominent spaces available for lease, sale, or development for the first time in 30 years. These spaces are suitable for the smallest of boutique style businesses to more established businesses looking to expand, and for fast casual dining to restaurants seating 50 and more. For more information on Downtown Long Grove and local merchants visit or call the Visitor’s Information Center at 847.634.0888

Long Grove Apple Fest 2015

Downtown Long Grove’s 23rd Annual Apple Fest 2015
September 25, 26 & 27

Visitors of the annual Apple Fest can expect to have bushels of fun by enjoying the beautiful fall outdoor ambiance and participating in the many activities offered, including free live music throughout the historic village, rock climbing, pony rides, apple pie eating contests and more.

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.

Hi Res_IrishDays09-04-04


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.