Walking around the flower-filled, quaint town, I was amazed with how much variety there was in places to shop. Long Grove offers antiques, five apparel shops, home furnishings, ten specialty foods stores and fourteen specialty shops. They are stores that you would definitely not find anywhere else such as Paddy’s On the Square, the best Irish store I have ever been to, or Apple Haus, an apple and bread store that offers hundreds of different types of bread and delicious bakeries.
From the beautiful weeping willows to the historic buildings, the surroundings in Long Grove provide a bucolic setting that makes it easy to spend an entire day exploring and discovering. After spending a day there, I can easily say it will be one of my best memories of summer. It truly refreshed my spirits and I will be easily returning because there is always something new in Long Grove that everyone should see!
From September 5 -7, (Labor Day Weekend), Long Grove is hosting their annual “Irish Days” from 11 am to 7 pm. with many activities for the family such as twelve Irish Musical Performances, nine Irish Dance Groups and a Sunday Outdoor Mass at 10 am. Long Grove’s celebrated Apple Fest is takes place in early fall, October 2, 3, 4, and provides a delightful way to enjoy the crisp autumn days. Admission and parking are always free. Definitely take time to visit the wonderful town of Long Grove!
-Caitlin, 20, Student, St Charles, IL