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“Long Grove Seems More Like Long Gone!”
Review of Long Grove

Long Grove
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

My wife and I have visited Long Grove Historic Village over the years during the winter, just before Christmas each year. We remember when it was difficult finding a place to park on the weekends. The town was filled with shoppers and all the shops were open and doing a booming business. Today however, it has changed dramatically.

When we arrived just before Christmas this time, there was hardly any people walking the streets and you could park your car anywhere you wanted. Many of those special shops were closed up tight with no signs of ever re-opening.

What used to take us hours to shop the stores was done very quickly. Why not? There are only a handful of shops open anymore. Fortunately those that were open decorated nicely for the holidays and there seemed to be more than the normal good bargains available.

We were glad to see that our favorite lunch restaurant, The Village Tavern" was open. We stopped in to warm up and had a nice lunch near the fireplace. No waiting for a table. There was only 6-10 others in the restaurant with us. Food as always, was tasty.

We like to arrive in Long Grove in early afternoon to shop. Typically around the holidays, it starts getting dark after 4 pm. That has been the magical time when the town lit up with holiday lights on all the shops and buildings. Sad to say, fewer shops meant fewer lights but we enjoyed what was there anyway.

This will probably be our last visit to Long Grove. It takes 1 1/2 hours driving from our house and along with paying highway tolls, it just isn't worth the drive. We prefer to remember how it used to be by looking back at pictures taken over the years. Farewell old friend. You will be missed.

5  Thank westwoodrick
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

Was there 11/17/12. It was not really worth the drive other than eating at the Long Grove Tavern. Alot of empty shops and the shops that were open pretty much sold the same stuff. Some of the people working in the shops were rude as well. I got yelled at for trying to take a picture of an item for sale. Was told there were no pictures allowed??? The prices on the items were way overpriced as well. I can see that at one time this may have been a nice place to go and shop but being that I am from out of town, I will not be going back there on my next visit to Chicago.

5  Thank lcw1230
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Have been there several times over the years visiting. This time was quite diffferent. The town used to be much more charming, with cute little shops and restaurants. But the economy and time have taken it's toll. Quite a few empty storefronts, not as many interesting shops to explore and those that are there are getting quite expensive and the goods are the same old, same old. They put in some parking and a few more buildings, but need to attract more retailers. I sure hope it comes back better than ever. It used to be nice place to spend the day. Not so much now.

2  Thank tripcrixchick
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

Long Grove is struggling to keep it together. It is sad to see that the economy has taken its toll on this poor little destination spoke. Many of the stores have gone under and left. They still continue to have festivals, which are ok but it isn't the same without all the retailers. If you are driving a distance, it may not be worth your while. Not much to see.

3  Thank Agilemoon
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

So much fun during strawberry fest and Apple fest, before Christmas, but on a beautiful day anytime of year it is fun to shop from store to store for unique finds and original art. Great food at restaurants but also to carry home from the Country Store, Confectionery or bakery.

Thank TaunaOne
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