Chocolate Fest 2020 Canceled Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Long Grove, IL – March 23, 2020 – One of the Northwest suburb’s biggest festivals, the annual Chocolate Fest in downtown Long Grove, has been canceled this year due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.  The event organizer, the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association (HDLGBA), is postponing the annual celebration held in mid-May to 2021.

“It’s with a heavy heart that we will not be holding the annual Chocolate Festival this year,” said HDLGBA Marketing Chair Terri Taylor.  “Although there is still a lot of uncertainty in regards to how long this crisis will play out, it’s our responsibility to take all preventative measures to ensure the health and safety of all attendees, sponsors, volunteers and staff.  We realize this news will cause many sad faces, however it’s vital we all do our part in helping slow the spread of this virus.”

The 3-day celebration of chocolate, music and family fun draws tens of thousands annually to Long Grove’s historic district, an area which was recently renovated to attract more tourists.  Programmers of Chocolate Fest, Ravenswood Special Events, also program Long Grove’s two other major annual festivals, Strawberry Fest in June and Apple Fest in September.  The HDLGBA was not prepared at this time to announce cancellations for those big events, however they did recently announce cancellations of Long Grove’s annual Egg Hunt on April 4th and Craft Beer Fest on April 25th due to the pandemic.

“Chocolate Fest will return bigger and sweeter in 2021,” continued Taylor, who added that the HDLGBA is still planning to host other exciting activities this year including Vintage Days in August and Halloween Town in October.  “We’d like to thank everyone who makes Chocolate Fest possible year after year, including our sponsors, volunteers, vendors and all the chocolatiers.”

The website www.longgrove.org is regularly posting information about other upcoming Long Grove festivals and businesses.

Contact:
Jody Grimaldi
Grimaldi Public Relations
630.470.0044
jody@grimaldipr.com

September

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

With its colorful, vintage buildings and structures casting an ideal backdrop, historic downtown Long Grove proudly presented another year of its famous Irish Days festival to kick off September!  All eyes were smiling over Labor Day weekend once again for the 3-day family-friendly celebration of Irish culture, music, merchants, food and of course, beer.  Visitors strolled  the town’s brand new walkways and enjoyed bagpipers, folk bands, and Irish dancers and contests.

This one-of-a-kind St. Patrick’s Day on Labor Day experience took place in the heart of town, Fountain Square, and included some of Chicago’s top Irish musicians and dance troupes, such as: The Tooles, Beamish, The Shannon Rovers Bagpipe Band, Trinity Irish Dancers, Academy of Irish Music, and many more.  Thousands turned out to take in the sights and sounds at Irish Days.  Those who attended were even privy to the infamous Irish Dog Competition, where pooches who dressed the part were crowned Irish Doggie King, Queen, Prince and Princess, and the Best-Looking Men’s Legs in a Kilt contest – always a crowd favorite!

Irish food vendors like Celtic Pretzel and Harrington’s Catering and Deli were on hand to fuel visitors with hand-made pretzels, hot corned beef sandwiches, fish and chips, and other traditional foods.  Additionally, there was an area selling freshly tapped Irish-themed beers and non-alcoholic drinks to quench thirsts young or old.  While the “Wee Ones” area hosted Irish-themed crafts and face-painting for kids, the Gaelic Tent promoted awareness of the Irish language and genealogy.

 

 

August

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

While its storied past still radiates, downtown Long Grove’s promising future is now just as evident as the town-wide restoration plan continues.  New roads, sidewalks, and lighted streetscapes are paving the way for a new generation of businesses while rejuvenating beloved mainstays.  Long Grove’s mission of bridging yesterday’s timeless charms with today’s modern conveniences were well represented at the 2019 Vintage Days market.

For the 4th consecutive year, Long Grove Vintage Days showcased all things vintage, reclaimed, hand-made, upcycled, antique and repurposed in an open-air summer marketplace this August.  As always, Vintage Days gave everyone from the vintage collector to the admirer a plethora of enduring products they can’t find anywhere else. This year’s event was showcased along the newly renovated Old McHenry Road in the heart of downtown – giving record breaking crowds a feel for the new digs.

Guests perused 40-plus featured booths that began at Olivia’s Boutique and continued through downtown past the Visitor’s Center.  Attendees also had their choice of vendors serving food, snacks and tasty beverages including local craft beer served by the Long Grove Lion’s Club. Helping set the retro vibe at Vintage Days 2019 throughout the weekend was live music, a penny carnival, complimentary tractor rides and great shopping!

Irish Days 2019 was great!

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

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Vintage Days 2019

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

https://www.dailyherald.com/submitted/20190813/long-groves-vintage-days-market-to-show-downtown-upgrades (more…)

Sidewalk Sales Headline Month of Giving Campaign in Long Grove July 19-21

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

click here for article

 

Giving Back and Building Community in 2019

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

January 2019

As Long Grove continues to rebuild, reinvent and reclaim its “destination town” status during the year ahead, let’s take an opportunity to step back and appreciate one of its biggest champions.   The Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association (HDLGBA), a 501c non-profit organization, has a rich history of making the community stronger.  In addition to organizing exciting festivals that draw tens of thousands of visitors annually and supporting the new influx of businesses with marketing and PR support, the HDLGBA also places great emphasis on its charitable endeavors.

Although it flies under-the-radar, the HDLGBA’s commitment to helping other local non-profits is as meaningful as the smiles that are made at Chocolate Fest etc.  Whether it’s after school activities or historical tours, the HDLGBA is devoted to raising funds and donating to organizations that inspire and promote community.   Some of the recent groups the HDLGBA board has donated to include:

  • Long Grove Park District
  • Long Grove Historical Society
  • Long Grove Arts and Music Council
  • Long Grove Lions Club
  • Rotary Club
  • CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)
  • Kildeer Countryside PTO

Long Grove is destined to be prosperous in the next era, as it was for much of the last century.  It all starts with building a strong foundation and supporting neighbors.  As this little hamlet shakes off the dust and embarks on its new path forward, it does so with the backing of an old friend, the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association.

December Press

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

Nostalgic Long Grove – Holidays

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

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https://www.fox32chicago.com/mornings/353459029-video

https://www.rd.com/advice/travel/cheap-towns-to-retire-in/

http://www.chicagotribune.com/ct-bgc-long-grove-vintage-days-tl-0823-story.html

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/lifestyles/ct-lns-ent-irish-days-0831-story.html

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/buffalo-grove/news/ct-lzc-long-grove-apple-fest-tl-0927-story.html

https://www.chicagoparent.com/play/holiday-fun/halloween-towns-in-midwest/

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-zurich/news/ct-lzc-long-grove-halloween-tl-1018-story.html

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