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
  • 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.

Live music in The Village Tavern Beer Tent includes:

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

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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)

Also, 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.


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

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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.

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

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.



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:

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.

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.