WGN Radio – The Opening Bell

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Steve Grzanich focused on one Chicagoland area of Long Grove to look at what they are doing to compete, and Ryan Messner (Chair of The Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association) explained how it took a long-term plan to build themselves up and feel ready to impress this holiday season.

Click Here for Interview (starts around 6:00-minute mark)



Monday, October 29th, 2018









Inaugural Pet Parade

Monday, October 29th, 2018


Preview piece : https://www.dailyherald.com/submitted/20181024/long-grove-hosts-halloween-hound-parade

Long Grove Covered Bridge Update ABC 7 August 24, 2018

Saturday, August 25th, 2018

The bridge was devastated

Saturday, June 30th, 2018




Strawberry Fest success!

Monday, June 25th, 2018




The U today (around the 1:30 mark): http://www.wciu.com/videos/thejam/best-of-the-fest-mamby-on-the-beach-country-lakeshake-strawberry-fest



Strawberry Fest on ABC News!

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Long Grove bridge’s status on National Register of Historic Places ensures its future, officials say

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Read the full story here:  National Register of Historic Places

Long Grove’s Iconic Covered Bridge listed in National Register of Historic Places

Friday, June 15th, 2018

      PRESS RELEASE                                        June 15, 2018



Angie Underwood, President, Long Grove Historical Society
847-478-5140; angie@longGroveHistory.org

Ryan Messner,Vice-President, Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association
Long Grove’s Iconic Covered Bridge listed in National Register of Historic Places

The National Park Service has announced today that the Buffalo Creek Bridge, more commonly known as the Long Grove Covered Bridge, is being placed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is the first property in Long Grove to receive this prestigious designation.

Originally constructed in 1906 by the Joliet Bridge and Iron Company, the bridge is one of only two remaining of its kind in the greater Chicagoland area. Grass roots efforts for historic preservation and national recognition were rekindled early in 2017 when some local officials questioned the historic value of the one-lane bridge and favored a plan that would require removal of the current structure and increase truck and auto traffic through the pedestrian friendly downtown. In April of 2017, Landmarks Illinois, named the bridge to their annual “List of Endangered Historic Places.” A change.org petition urging local officials to save the historic bridge gathered over 4,900 signatures/testimonials and a fund-raising campaign has raised over $50,000 in monetary donations and pledges. Despite these efforts, local officials remain undecided on a long term course of action to restore or replace the bridge.

“For many years, the Long Grove Historical Society has been at the forefront of efforts to receive this designation, and we are thrilled to hear the news. Achieving National Register status confirms our belief in the bridge’s historical value as well as the sentimental value we know it holds for our community. This is a source of pride for all of Long Grove and we will continue to advocate for the preservation of our beloved covered bridge,” noted Historical Society President Angie Underwood.

Ryan Messner, Vice-President of the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association added, “It’s our icon and our brand. For decades, Long Grove was a destination, and now the general feeling is that with the recent new business openings we’ve turned the corner and are solidly on our way back. It’d be foolish to destroy this treasure that has now been recognized with national historical status, and open up the quaint downtown to cut through traffic.”

An impromptu public celebration will be held in the coming weeks. Please check the Long Grove Historical Society website at longgrovehistory.org for updated details. More information about the bridge and the efforts to save it can be found online at SaveTheBridge.net


Egg Hunt was a success!

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Thank you to the Chicago Tribune for the article CLICK HERE

Egg hunt


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