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Long Grove’s Chocolate Festival 2014
May 2, 3 & 4
Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Dive into three days of CHOCOLATE!

Adults are $5 at the door, kids 12 and under are free, or purchase adult tickets at a discount here:


Residents and visitors alike are invited to indulge in irresistible, luscious chocolate at Long Grove’s Chocolate Festival. From chocolate-dipped strawberries and donuts to brownies and fudge, join us for a weekend filled with limitless chocolatey treats, live music, great food and distinctive shopping, all in the charming setting of Historic Downtown Long Grove. Don’t miss out on gourmet sweets from Long’s Grove’s very own Long Grove Confectionery and Ma and Pa’s Candy.

As a family-friendly event, enjoy many shopping incentives, plus an array of chocolate specials from beers, wines and martinis to sauces, olive oils and desserts at the local restaurants and specialty shops. Guests can stroll through town and enjoy live music, while children enjoy plenty of activities.  New this year, rides for all ages, rock climbing, obstacle courses, pony and kiddie rides and so much more!

Additionally, customize your chocolate experience by purchasing a $5 chocolate tasting ticket. This ticket allows youto select different chocolate tastings, offered by participating merchants, throughout town. Tickets may be purchased at the Visitors’ Center, 308 Old McHenry Road, (847) 634-0888.

Surrender to your temptation and enjoy the decadent ambiance of chocolate in the streets, in Historic Downtown Long Grove!

Why not make it a “staycation”!  Book a room at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lake Zurich-Barrington and receive a discounted rate of $99 per night.  You may also reserve your room by calling the Holiday Inn Express & Suites at (847) 726-7500 and mention the Long Grove Chocolate Festival.  Follow this link to book your room now: Long Grove

Live Music ScheduleLong Grove's Chocolate Festival

Friday, May 2:

In Fountain Square:
2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.- Wes John Duo
4 p.m.-6 p.m.- Karen Hart

On Towner Green:
2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.- Nicholas Barron Duo
4 p.m.-6 p.m.- Rick Lindy and the Wild Ones

At Beans & Leaves Coffee & Tea Cafe:
10 a.m.-12 p.m.- Thomas Swenson
12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.- Back Porch Moon
3 p.m.-5 p.m.- Steve Justman

Lion’s Den Stage:
12 p.m.-2 p.m.- Mr. Frank
2 p.m.-5 p.m.- Valentine Bennet

Saturday, May 3:

In Fountain Square:
10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.- Kildeer School
11 a.m.-1 p.m.- Ben Tatar and the Tatar-Tots
1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.- Saturday June
4 p.m.-6 p.m.- According to Sara

On Towner Green:
11 a.m.-1 p.m.- The Oh Yeahs
1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.- 60 Carat Rock
4 p.m.-6 p.m.- Stateline Band

At Beans & Leaves Coffee & Tea Cafe:
10 a.m.-12 p.m.- Jeff Justman
12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.- Rick Faehnrich
3 p.m.-5 p.m.- Jazzy Blue

Lion’s Den Stage:
11 a.m.-2 p.m.- Radio Bandits
3 p.m.-6 p.m.- Jennerator

Sunday, May 4:

In Fountain Square:
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.- Elle Cassaza
12 p.m.-1 p.m.- Long Grove Performing Arts Academy
1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.- Robby Celestin Band
4 p.m.-6 p.m.- Cover Story

On Towner Green:
11 a.m.-1 p.m.- Serendipity
1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.- Kung Pow
4 p.m.-6 p.m.- Pamela Rose & Windy City Country

At Beans & Leaves Coffee & Tea Cafe:
10 a.m.-12 p.m.- Gospel Sing a Long
12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.- Guyz with Bad Eyez
3 p.m.-5 p.m.- Jimmy Liggett

Lion’s Den Stage:
11 a.m.-2 p.m.- Jimmy Barrett’s Prairie State Jazz Band
3 p.m.-6 p.m.- The White Saddle Band

This event is Rain or Shine.


Long Grove Art Festival

Long Grove Art Festival
August 16 & 17

More than 100 local artists will captivate guests at the Long Grove Art Festival with distinctive, original pieces including oil, acrylic, watercolor, jewelry, sculpture, photography, wood, fiber, glass, paper, metal, and mixed media. This vibrant scene will also give emerging artists the chance to show off their wares during this two day celebration.  In addition, find creative collectibles within the artistic shops of charming, historic Downtown Long Grove.

ARTISTS APPLY HERE BY JUNE 15: https://www.zapplication.org/event-info-public.php?fair_id=3334

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 aharber@golfatroyal.com

Mother's Day Fashion Show

Long Grove Chocolate Fest Contest Rules




The Long Grove Business & Community Partners (“Contest”) starts at 10:00 am CT on Friday, May 2, 2014 and ends at 6:00 pm CT on Sunday, May 4 2014 (“Contest Period”). This Contest shall be subject to these Official Rules, and by entering, each entrant agrees to abide and be bound by these rules.

1) Eligibility: This Contest is open to legal U.S. residents residing in Long Grove, IL as of the first day of the Contest Period. Employees (and their immediate family members (defined as spouse, parents, siblings or children) or household members (whether or not related) of Long Grove Business & Community Partners (“Sponsor”) and of its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, prize providers, promotion and delivery contractors and/or public relations companies associated with this Contest, are not eligible to participate. A potential winner may be requested to provide proof that all eligibility requirements are met as well as proof of ownership of the email address associated with the winning entry. Void where prohibited and outside the above-listed counties. This Contest shall be governed and enforced pursuant to Illinois law, excluding choice of law provisions. Prizes for this Contest are redeemable only at the locations specified.

2) How to Enter: During the Contest Period, hand in your VIP Entry Ticket with your valid e-mail address at the Long Grove Chocolate Fest gate on May 2, 3 or 4, 2014 between 10 AM and 6 PM.

In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of an entrant, the holder of the email account will be deemed the person who submitted the entry. Incomplete entries will be disqualified, and Sponsor is not responsible for entries that are lost, late, deleted, garbled, corrupted, misdelivered, or misdirected as a result of errors. All entries must be received by the close of the Contest Period to be eligible for the drawing. All received entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned. By entering, you are providing information to Sponsor. Sponsor will treat your entry information in accordance with its Privacy Policy.

3) Winners and Notification: Sponsor will select a winner by random drawing and will attempt to contact the potential winner by email the week of May 5, 2014. A winner will be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected by from among all remaining entries if: (a) a winner does not respond to notification email and claim his or her prize within one week of the first notification attempt; (b) a winner does not fulfill the eligibility requirements; (c) a winner does not adhere to the Official Rules; and/or (d) if the prize notification is returned as undeliverable, refused, or declined.

4) Prizes and Delivery: One Grand Prize: $200 gift certificates redeemable only at merchants as specified by Sponsor.  Gift certificates must be picked up by the winner in person at the Long Grove Visitors Center.  Sponsor not responsible for loss of gift certificates. Gift certificates are subject to terms and conditions. Grand Prize approximate retail value (“ARV”): $200.

Each winner is solely responsible for any applicable federal, state and local taxes in connection with winner’s prize. Prize substitutions are not allowed, and prizes are not transferable. Only Sponsor may elect, at its discretion, to substitute a prize of greater or equal value due to lack of availability for any given reason. Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by Sponsor, including but not limited to, the quality, merchantability, habitability, mechanical condition, fitness or weather conditions affecting the prize. All expenses not specifically provided for herein are the responsibility of the prizewinner. All properly claimed prizes will be awarded, but in no event will Sponsor award more prizes than are provided for in these Official Rules.

5) Other Conditions:

By entering this Contest, each entrant agrees to release, waive and hold harmless Sponsor and their affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotional agencies, and any administrators of this Contest and all of their officers, directors, shareholders, employees and agents from any and all injuries, claims, damages, losses, costs, or expenses of any kind (including without limitation attorney’s fees) resulting from accessing the Contest website; submitting an entry or otherwise participating in any aspect of the Contest; the receipt, ownership or use of any prize awarded; preparing for, participating in or traveling to and/or from any prize-related activity, or; any printing, typographical or other error in these Official Rules or the announcement of offering of any prize. Neither the failure of Sponsor to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of these Official Rules or the failure, delay or omission by Sponsor in exercising any right with respect to any term of these Official Rules, will be construed as a waiver or relinquishment to any extent of Sponsor’s right to assert or rely upon any such provision or right in that or any other instance.

By accepting the prize, each winner agrees, where legal, to allow Sponsor and its agents and licensees to use their names, voices, photographs, likenesses and any information provided on the entry form, in any medium of communication, including advertising, promotional or other purposes, without additional compensation.

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: dona.blunt@newportpros.com

PEEPS Diorama Show Entry Instructions

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.

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: www.riveillinoschool.com

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.

Long Grove Confectionery 2

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!

6th Annual Ice Meltin’ Blues Weekend: March 1 & 2

Local merchants invite guests to stroll to their charming shops, while enjoying the soothing tunes of some of Chicagoland’s best Blues talents including: Carl Weathersby; Demetria Taylor & The Blues Band; Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues; The Corey Dennison Blues Band; The Rockin’ Johnny Blues Band and more!

Look for “Blue Plate” specials in restaurants, such as “Bleu” Cheese Burgers; Martini “Blues” and “Blue” inspired desserts. Shops, throughout, will offer “Blue Light” shopper specials; and Jake and Elwood will be in town handing out “Blues Bucks” for retail shopping, to those “lucky” enough to spot them.   Enjoy a live Ice Carving Demo of the Blues Brothers on Saturday, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. in Fountain Square.

The Rivellino School of Art will host youth and adult art classes themed Paint in the Picasso “Blues” Period Style, accompanied by rhythm of the blues background music, on Saturday & Sunday. Reservations are limited, call 847.383.6673 or visit www.rivellinoschool.com.

Stay the weekend or a night at Hotel Indigo! Call 1-847-918-1400, ask for “Reservations” and request the “Ice Meltin’ Blues Group Block” or place your reservations online.  The package is $99 per night plus tax for select suites; includes one $20 breakfast voucher and a welcome gift at check-in. Certain restrictions apply*

The music schedule is as follows:


9 a.m. – Noon at Long Grove Café: Carl Weathersby

Carl Weathersby was born in 1953, in Jackson, Mississippi and moved to East Chicago, Indiana with his family when he was eight. His debut solo album on Evidence Records, ‘Don’t Lay Your Blues On Me’, was nominated for the W.C. Handy ‘Blues Album of the Year’ award. His latest release ‘Hold On’ is available online at Cdbaby.com.  Mixing Southern charm, soulful vocals, and fierce guitar-playing, Carl plays the blues, from down-and-dirty to scintillating Albert King influenced chops. This is one powerful blues performer that will leave you amazed and thoroughly entertained.

Carl Weathersby

Carl Weathersby

Noon – 3 p.m. at The Village Tavern: Demetria Taylor & The Blues Band
Demetria Taylor is the seventh of eight children born into the family of late Blues legend Eddie Taylor Sr. Now, Taylor is helping to keep the legacy of her father alive. Her vocals have a wide range that can tear the roof of the house and bring angels down to earth. Demetria has recently completed successful tours to Japan, Finland, Mexico and Italy and she has also performed at the Chicago Blues Festival several times, serving as a festival headliner is 2012. Seating is limited, reservations are recommended.

Demetria Taylor

Demetria Taylor

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at The Village Tavern: Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues (Dinner Show 1)
8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. at The Village Tavern: Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues (Dinner Show 2)
Billy Branch was discovered by Willie Dixon, the “father of modern Chicago Blues”, who he eventually played alongside on tour for six years. Since then, Billy has played on over 150 different recordings, including 12 under his own name. In addition, he has received three Grammy nominations, won multiple W.C. Handy Awards from the Blues Foundation, an Emmy Award, an Addy Award and two Chicago Music Awards. $10 cover charge for each dinner show. Seating is limited, for reservations contact Mary Ann Ullrich at The Village Tavern at (847) 634-3117.

Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues

Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues


9 a.m. – Noon at Long Grove Café: The Corey Dennison Blues Band
Long-awaited by loyal fans, The Corey Dennison Blues Band debuted in Chicago in early 2013, storming the stages of Buddy Guy’s Legends, Rosa’s, and Leroy’s Hot Stuff. In late 2013, Corey’s always entertaining stage presence prompted the release of “Live in Chicago” a thrilling document of a typical night in a Windy City blues club. The album leaves little doubt that the Blues has found its premier young lion, Corey Dennison. Seating is limited, reservations are recommended.

Corey Dennison

Corey Dennison

1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at The Village Tavern: The Rockin Johnny Blues Band with Special Guest Singer Mary Lane
The Rockin’ Johnny Band has been one of Chicago’s most loved blues bands since 1995. The band plays vintage Chicago blues, but also is known for a wide repertoire which ventures into Stax style soul, swing, and lots of originals that are harder to classify. On stage, the band performs with spontaneity and fun, always showcasing fantastic guitar playing. Living Blues states: “top notch ensemble work, with power, drive, and a keen sense of dynamics”. The band consists of true veterans: Rick Kreher (rhythm guitar) played rhythm guitar with Muddy Waters for four years; John Sefner (bass) was formerly with Studebaker John and Eddie Kirkland; and Steve Bass (drums) also plays with Chicago blues legend Eddy Clearwater.  Seating is limited, reservations are recommended.

The Rockin' Johnny Blues Band

The Rockin’ Johnny Blues Band

Long Grove Visitor’s Information Center (847) 634-0888

Long Grove Café (847) 955-9600

The Village Tavern (847) 634-3117

* Hotel Indigo Restrictions: A credit card will be required to guarantee reservations.  Hotel will accept cash or credit card for payment upon arrival.  Debit card holders: Upon arrival, if you present a debit card at check-in, please be aware that the full amount for your stay will be authorized/debited at check-in. If you anticipate any issues with your debit card, the hotel suggests using a credit card or paying cash upon check-in.  Cancellation policy is 6:00 pm on the scheduled check-in date.  The hotel is 100% nonsmoking, however, if you are a smoker, please request a 1st floor suite to ensure you are near an exit. There is a $250 cleaning fee for smoking in the suites.  Hotel check-in time is 3:00 pm CST and check-out time is 12:00 pm CST. Request for early check-in will be noted in reservations but are never guaranteed. Anyone requesting a check-in time earlier than 3:00 pm CST should strongly consider staying over the night before to ensure a room is available.  For additional information, please visit their website at www.vernonhillsboutique.com

Enzo & Lucia’s Once Again Open in Historic Downtown Long Grove

Enzo & Lucia Ristorante & Café

Once Again Open in Historic Downtown Long Grove


Enzo & Lucia Ristorante & Café is proud to announce the re-opening of their family-owned and operated restaurant in historic downtown Long Grove.

On June 2, 2013, Enzo & Lucia’s experienced a kitchen fire that forced them to close their doors to the public.  Now, after months of tireless restoration and anticipation, the restaurant is back in business.

Enzo & Lucia’s is going on 13 years of great food and quality service in Long Grove, but this family affair goes back to more than 35 years in the restaurant business. Enter the restaurant and receive a warm greeting by cousins Lucia Cavallino and Glenn Cardelli. Meanwhile, Chef Enzo Cavallino and sons Angelo and Gennaro can be seen working away in the open kitchen preparing authentic family recipes including homemade pastas, fish, and desserts daily.

The Northwest Italian menu includes a daily risotto option, veal marsala, grilled bass, chicken vesuvio, fresh seafood, potato gnocchi, gourmet pizza, the house’s signature capelacci in vodka sauce and delicious desserts like cannoli and tiramisu.

Enzo & Lucia’s is housed in a historic, former Victorian-style home.  Features include a candlelit main dining room, located upstairs and done in warm tones, lit softly by whimsical chandeliers. French windows and well-spaced tables make for an intimate atmosphere; casually simple with a touch of elegance. The view of a fountain and flower garden spells romance. A kitchen table provides a glimpse behind the scenes.

Enzo & Lucia’s Ristorante & Café serves lunch and dinner daily with a full service bar.  For reservations or to inquire about their private party room, call (847) 478-8825 or visit www.enzoandlucia.com.