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Thrilled to see 11 merchants expand/ open in 2017!

Friday, December 29th, 2017

2017 Openings

Holidays in Long Grove on WGN

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Ryan Messner, president of the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association had a great interview today on WGN during the Wintrust Business Lunch- listen here (starts around 12:55)

Wintrust Business Lunch 11/10/17: Outcome Health Speed Bumps, NCAA Recruiting, & Long Grove’s Holiday Campaign

Long Grove Vintage Holidays Kick-Off on Nov 24th

Monday, October 30th, 2017

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 A Nostalgic Shop Small Alternative to Big Box Mayhem, with Four Weeks of Complimentary Carriage Rides, Costumed Carolers, a Christmas Tree Parade and More Set within a Timeless Village!


Long Grove, IL (October 30, 2017) – An annual tradition returns to its charming, small-town setting when Long Grove Vintage Holidays kick-off on Friday, November 24th.  Presented by the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association, four consecutive weeks of timeless holiday happenings in Long Grove will give visitors authentic, shop small experiences.  Festivities each weekend (Saturdays & Sundays through December 17th) include the famous Christmas Tree Parade, complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling costumed carolers, Victorian buildings trimmed in lights, a picturesque covered bridge and cobblestone walkways lined in luminaries, and appearances by Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

“Our goal each year is to bring back holiday spirit by giving shoppers a nostalgic alternative to the usual Big Box mayhem from Thanksgiving to Christmas,” said Ryan Messner, President of the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association.  “Historic Long Grove is what the holidays are all about… the small shops, the old-world charm, the family memories.  It’s a real winter wonderland that’s close to home.”

The streets of downtown Long Grove come alive for the holidays beginning with horse-drawn carriages starting Saturday, November 25th from 12pm to 5pm.  Thereafter, the 30-minute carriage rides will continue every Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm through December 17th.   Kids will encounter Santa Claus walking through the village, and on occasion, they can also formally meet the Jolly Old Elf and have pictures taken at the Long Grove Visitor Center.  Also helping set the festive mood each weekend will be strolling holiday carolers and musicians in costume along with the popular Christmas Tree Parade that debuted last year.  Once again, 80-plus fresh pine trees are being distributed to local Long Grove businesses, who hand decorate them to the tune of their store’s distinctive theme for public display throughout the season.

Historic Downtown Long Grove is home to an assortment of unique restaurants and specialty shops that will be welcoming visitors throughout the holiday season.  Many of the family owned and operated, independent stores that the town is renowned for will be featuring big sales, drinks and complimentary snacks rewarding customers for shopping small.  Decked out Long Grove stores, hawking everything from gourmet foods, jewelry, and fashions to antiques, art and décor, are smart options for rare gifts that can’t be found anyplace else.

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Now accepting applications…

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Due to a recent vacancy on the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association Board of Directors, applications to fill the remainder of the 2017 term are being accepted.  The applicant must be a business owner in downtown Long Grove.

Click here for application:  LG BOD 2017 Application vacancy

Congratulations to The Back Porch!

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

The Back Porch of Long Grove was awarded Best Windchimes award by Chicago Magazine!

Click here for the article


Moving forward to achieve national historic status for the bridge

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Historic Downtown Long Grove President Ryan Messner, Andrew Heckencamp from Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and Aaron Underwood, from the Long Grove Historical Society working together today reviewing the bridge application for National Historic Register.

Save the Bridge – Historic Status

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Daily Herald Article

Historic Bridge names to 2017 Most Endangered Historic Places in IL

Monday, April 10th, 2017


Landmarks Illinois announced the 2017 Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois on April 6, 2017, at a press conference in Springfield. Click on the name of the site in the map below to learn more about its history, why it is endangered, and how you can help.

Long Grove Bridge Long Grove, Lake County

Historically called the Buffalo Creek Bridge, this rare, circa 1906 metal truss bridge that was given a wood covering in 1972 is now fondly referred to by locals as the Covered Bridge of Long Grove. According to Nathan Holth of, despite its covering, it is one of the few pin-connected truss highway bridges remaining in Chicagoland and the only known surviving pin-connected truss bridge in Lake County. The one-lane bridge over Buffalo Creek has Credit: Long Grove Business Association Credit: Long Grove Historical Society been targeted for replacement by the Village of Long Grove to accommodate a two-lane bridge. Local residents and organizations have rallied to save the historic bridge, noting that the village’s logo and overall identity is based on its image and contribution to Long Grove’s small town charm. The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency has determined the bridge as eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association is leading the campaign to save the bridge.

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THANK YOU for your support of #SavetheBridge

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

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Save the Bridge updates

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

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