The Grove
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THINGS2LIVE4
Rocky River, OH1,221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
This is a public park and nature center. I was curious because it was by my hotel.

The nature center has the best display of local fish and turtles that I have seen.

One of the trails is 3.1 miles about the same length of running a 5K.
Written 12 April 2023
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,761 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The Grove or The Grove National Historic Landmark or Kennicott Grove is an area of prairie and wooded lands that includes the home of John Kennicott and his family. Kennicott was an agriculturist and doctor. His son Robert was a pioneering naturalist and explorer who founded the Chicago Academy of Sciences. Located near the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and Lake Avenue in north suburban Glenview, Illinois, the 123-acre grove also contains a nature interpretative center, nature trails and other historic buildings, some original and some recreated. The Grove was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976. In 1836, John Kennicott moved with his wife and two sons to Northfield Township in Cook County, an area that was almost completely undeveloped. He claimed several hundred acres of land 15 miles south of Half Day between Lake Michigan and the Des Plaines River, planted the first commercial nursery in the area in the 1840s, then built a house on the property in 1856 and co-founded the Illinois State Agricultural Society. Robert collected plants and animals in the Grove and taught his siblings to do the same. In 1973, a real estate group attempted to purchase a portion of The Grove for a residential development project but a Save The Grove Committee was formed and the site was saved when it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The original house was restored in 1983, the schoolhouse in 1987.
Written 17 November 2022
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illinois travelere
1,760 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
The Interpretive Center was given a magnificent makeover in February 2020, and then Covid struck. Since then it's been open and shut down a couple of times, so take advantage of the fact that it's open now.

The exhibits are a combination of touch and don't touch; live and taxidermic --- with something for everyone. Don't miss the turtle island!

The gift shop has adorable $2 badges to mark life's adventures with sentiments and illustrations like, "I gave blood," (mosquito); "I went bird watching" (binoculars); "I saw a racoon" (cute racoon); etc, There are other reasonably-priced souvenirs for children -- t-shirts; stuffed animals; and so on.

Out on the grounds, the Haunted Trail is set up (and still being added to) with non-scary Halloween tsatskehs.

The Kendicott house has a lovely garden maintained by local volunteer gardeners.
There 's also an outhouse with a crescent moon on the door. Don't think I didn't count all 30 steps from the kitchen back door to the outhouse.

See my earlier reviews ( July 7, 2020; May 5, 2018; June 21, 2015 -- page 12; and June 22, 2014 -- page 14) for more information.
Written 20 October 2021
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Janek
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Build a tall wood fence or grow thick living fence of junipers or other evergreens at the entrance to stop horrible noise from Milwaukee Hwy and 294 Hwy. Stop destruction of remaining bushes and trees and start GROWING them in every empty areas to make the Grove look like a forest again . Most important where houses and cars are visible from the center of the park . Empty the ponds of the dead trees, branches which choke them. Poor water in the pond near the museum so little critters living in it won't die like this year
Written 15 December 2020
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Peter B
Prospect Heights, IL2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Definitely a hidden jewel on the Northshore . Be prepare to walk down trails , lost a little bit but finding the history of the 1800s . Some of the most peaceful and gorgeous scenery that you will see . Be prepared to sit at one of the many benches and take in the beauty . Plan on staying at least a few hours , bring some water and enjoy !
Written 18 August 2020
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illinois travelere
1,760 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
In this review, I'd like to focus on the 16' Trail Marker Tree Sculpture by Dennis Downes. It was installed west of the Interpretive Center, near a trail intersection.

As the donors hoped, when I first saw it, I wondered if it were real.

Trail markers were early versions of road signs. They were created to mark paths through our Lake County forests -- pointing the way to villages, ceremonial and hunting grounds, sources of water, etc.

Trail trees were made by bending and tying saplings so that they would grow horizontally. Oak, elm and maple were traditional choices because they are flexible when young and hold their shape. These markers were not only highly visible in vertical forests, but could be seen above our Midwest snowfalls.

Part of the plaque near the sculpture includes a description of local burr oaks written almost a hundred years ago -- "....old portage trees of this species, bent down by the Indians a century or more ago, in their sapling stage, to mark the canoe carries from one of the slow historic rivers or lakes to the next...."

See my earlier reviews (June 2014, June 2015, and May, 2018) for more details of this remarkable place.
Written 7 July 2020
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mike s
Blackwood, NJ28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Was at the Grove in Nov 2019. Even though the weather was a bit uncopperative, the event at the Grove could not have been better. Very nice quiet area. You felt like you were in a rural area, not where the Grove is located. Wonderful staff,easy parking, great venue for events, nature apprecviation etc.
Written 8 March 2020
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patshea2016
Norridge, IL236 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
While Christmas shopping last week, I had a chance to stop at The Grove for the first time. I was happy that the sign along Milwaukee Avenue was clear regarding where to turn from Milwaukee Avenue. What a quiet and tranquil place to visit during such a busy time of the year! The outside of the Redfield estate is lovely! Even on this cold December afternoon, it was lovely to be surrounded by nature. The beautiful holiday lights added to the beauty. There was free available parking.
Written 19 December 2019
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Rick H.
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
A forty plus acre parkland with magnificent treescape and magical open spaces shared with strolling paths. We are fortunate to have this wonderful park in our midst.
Written 19 November 2019
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evelync627
Glenview, IL4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
You get to see the Redfield estate and view the collection of turtles, fish and the opossum the staff saved. There used to be a holiday sale but sadly, no more.
Written 3 September 2019
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