7th Annual Cocoa Crawl

7th Annual Cocoa Crawl

Join Us at Cocoa Crawl 2024

Time to mark your calendars for this family-friendly favorite! The Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association (HDLGBA) invites you to our first event of the new year. 

Saturday, February 10, 2024

12pm-4pm

Enjoy a variety of FREE hot cocoa samples at tents located throughout town. See map below for tent locations. Participating merchants will be offering cocoa-inspired creations, cocoa and cocoa-themed merchandise, free samples and more for event attendees. Many of our restaurants and beverage establishments will also have cocoa-themed food and drinks for sale.

FREE Mug Promotion!

Spend $100 (before tax/tip) at any store or restaurant on February 10, 2024 and receive a FREE Long Grove mug—a new color this year for your collection! Bring your receipts to the Visitors Center to claim your mug (while supplies last).

FREE Carriage Rides

Grab your group and hop on the carriage for a ride around town. Registration not required. First-come, first-served. Waivers must be completed on site. Rides are complimentary and courtesy of the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association.

Participating Businesses

Blu Fig Café

Hot chocolate for sale

Buffalo Creek Brewing

Free 3 oz samples of “Bittersweet” small batch chocolate ale fermented with cacao nibs (for purchase) 21+
For sale: Bittersweet Ale and Hot Cocoa topped with whipped cream

Broken Bridge Treats

For sale: Door County Gourmet Cocoa in three flavors: Double Fudge, European Dark Chocolate and Chocolate Mint

Chatterbox

For sale: Boozy Hot Chocolate, Non-alcoholic Hot Chocolate

Compass

Free hot cocoa and treats

Joanie’s Pizzeria

For sale: Classic Hot Cocoa, Toasted Velvet Spiked Iced Cocoa, Cocoa Crawl Tart

Long Grove Coffee Co.

Cocoa hut on our patio

Long Grove Confectionery

Hot cocoa samples both inside and outside

Ma and Pa’s Candy

For sale: Hot Chocolate (Ethereal brand) available with whipped cream and marshmallows
For sale: S’mores Hot Chocolate with toasted homemade marshmallow fluff, chocolate dipped graham cracker and whipped cream 
Free Hot Cocoa Hershey Kisses (while supplies last)

Sock Monkey Museum

Free Tin of Door County Chocolate Cherry Cocoa for all 2/10 Sock Monkey Workshop Attendees

Vintage Charm Homestead

For sale: Parisienne Organic Hot Cocoa Mix and Peppermint Chocolate Dessert Teas


Thank You to Our Sponsors

Join Us for our Annual Bunny Hop

Join Us for our Annual Bunny Hop

Join Us for our Annual Bunny Hop
Saturday, March 30, 2024
11am – 2pm

The Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association is pleased to announce that this family-friendly event is returning in March.

Children of all ages are invited to join us for this FREE event! Bring your baskets to collect goodies and stay for a variety of family-friendly activities.

This event includes: 

  • Face Painting
  • Coloring Station
  • Fire Truck Tours
  • Visit with Real Bunnies
  • Meet the Easter Bunny
  • Easter Eggs and Other Treats! 

Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting this event.


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Join Us for Craft Beer Fest 2024

Join Us for Craft Beer Fest 2024

Saturday, April 27, 2024
12pm–4pm
Brothers’ Field, 340 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove, IL 60047

Gather your crew for an afternoon showcasing a lineup of various styles of locally crafted beers presented by area breweries during the historic downtown Long Grove Annual Craft Beer Festival.

Included with your ticket: 

• Long Grove Craft Beer Fest taster glass
• Unlimited top tier craft beer samples
• Live music by Fox Crossing Stringband, see description below
• Access to Food Vendors — participants announced soon
• Signature Craft Beer Fest T-Shirt (for sale)

Ticket Sales Now Open!

Early Bird Tickets: $50 (through April 12)
Tickets after April 12: $60 
Tickets at the gate: S60 
Designated Driver Ticket: $10

Must be 21+ to purchase tickets and for entry into the event. Must show photo ID at the event.

No pets please! For the health and safety of all our guests during this event, we ask that your furry, four-legged friends remain at home. Thank you!

Participating Breweries 

List as of 4/17/24

Production facilities and taproom locations listed. Click through to learn more about these midwestern craft beer producers.

9th Hour Brewing Company, Lake Villa, IL

Black Horizon Brewing Company, Willowbrook, IL

Black Lung Brewing, Round Lake Beach and Fox Lake, IL

Buffalo Creek Brewing, Long Grove, IL

Casa Humilde Cerveceria, Chicago, IL

Crystal Lake Brewing, Crystal Lake, IL

Foreign Exchange Brewing

Half Day Brewing, Lincolnshire, IL

Kishwaukee Brewing Co., Woodstock, IL

Liquid Love Brewing, Buffalo Grove, IL

The Lucky Monk, South Barrington, IL

Maplewood Brewing, Chicago, IL

MobCraft Beer, Milwaukee and Waterford, WI; Woodstock, IL

MoRE Brewing Company, Villa Park, Huntley and Bartlett, IL

Nik & Ivy Brewing Company, Lockport, IL

Obscurity Brewery, Elburn, IL

On Tour Brewing Company, Chicago, IL

Phase Three Brewing, Lake Zurich and Elmhurst, IL

Pipeworks Brewing Company, Chicago, IL

Prima Cider, Long Grove, IL

Ravinia Brewing Company, Highland Park and Chicago, IL

Sew Hop’d Brewery, Huntley, IL

Scorched Earth Brewing, Algonquin, IL

Tighthead Brewing Company, Mundelein, IL

Tonality Brewing Company, Mundelein, IL

Live Music 

We’re excited to welcome Fox Crossing Stringband to the Long Grove Craft Beer Fest! This lady-led bluegrass group from Chicago has been winning hearts with their beautiful harmonies, original songwriting, and entertaining stage presence since forming in November of 2016. They have performed at events such as IBMA award-winning Frankfort Bluegrass Festival, the John Hartford Memorial Festival, East Troy Bluegrass Festival, Ladies of Bluegrass Festival, the Illinois State Fair, Wander Down Music Fest, Merchant Street Music Festival, American Music Fest, and many more!

They have also performed on the WGN Radio and WGN TV Shows, and at notable venues in Chicago such as City Winery, The Park West, and Navy Pier. These Foxes are on the run and coming to a town near you!


Food Vendors

Food will be available for purchase from Canta Napoli and The Pink Cupcake Creations

Thank You to Our Sponsors



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Chocolate Fest

Chocolate Fest

Friday, May 17, 2024 | 12 – 11pm
Saturday, May 18, 2024 | 10am – 11pm
Sunday, May 19, 2024 | 10am – 6pm

Location: 145 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove, IL 60047

The Historic Downtown Business Association welcomes you to Chocolate Fest this weekend! All proceeds from our events go to projects to improve out downtown. Including:

✨ Downtown street lights
✨Development and ongoing maintenance of the new park located by the Covered Bridge. 
✨Coming this year— Monument signs welcoming visitors at the main entry points into the Village of Long Grove. 
✨Banner signage on street light poles. 
✨Various activities for visitors in Downtown Long
✨Grove during the winter holiday season. 

We appreciate your support and enjoy the festival! 🍫🎸🙌


Join us as we celebrate all things chocolate! Event details bellow will be updated as they become available. 

Get your tickets!

General Admission $5 per day (ages 12 and under are FREE).
Tickets may be purchased online or at the gate each day. 
Discounted admission available when purchasing Three-Day Passes online ONLY.

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Chocolate Lovers Unite!

The Long Grove Chocolate Festival will return to the historic streets and parkways of downtown Long Grove, on May 17, 18, and 19, 2024. Organizers of this season’s Chocolate Fest are working to provide an amazing three days of live music, family activities, chocolate vendors, and chocolate experiences! 

*NOTICE: No outside alcohol is permitted within the fest. Thank you.

As long as there is chocolate, there will be happiness.

Wayne Gerard Trotman

Chocolate Activities

For the young and young at heart, Chocolate Fest 2024 will include a dedicated children’s area with complimentary throwback games and thrilling entertainment.  Chocolate Fest also marks the official opening of the spring shopping season in town, with village merchants featuring their own decadent chocolate-themed specialties and sales throughout the event weekend.  It’s the perfect time for visitors to explore and fall in love with a sweet old friend – historic downtown Long Grove!

Main Stage Music Sets

FRIDAY
KennyLive9:00pm – 11:00pm
PettyKings6:30pm – 8:20pm
Abby Kay Band4:30pm – 6:00pm
Mixtape Heroes2:30pm – 4:00pm
Idol Wild12:00pm – 2:00pm
SATURDAY
Sixteen Candles9:00pm – 11:00pm
Ultrabeat6:30p – 8:20pm
Fearless: Tribute to Taylor4:30pm – 6:00pm
InFunktious2:30pm – 4:00pm
Eddie Andersen Trio12:00pm – 2:00pm
SUNDAY
Simply Billy / Simply Elton4:00pm – 6:00pm
Daniel Cronson Band1:30pm – 3:20pm
School of Rock Barrington12:00pm – 1:00pm 



Carnival

CARNIVAL HOURS

FRIDAY | 12PM – 9PM
SATURDAY | 11AM – 9PM
SUNDAY | 11AM – 5PM

RIDES & PRICE SPECIALS

OPTION 1 | 18 tickets for $20
OPTION 2 | 4 tickets for $5
OPTION 3 | Unlimited Rides Wristbands
FRIDAY | $32 Unlimited rides (NOON – 5PM) & (5PM – 9PM)
SATURDAY | $32 Unlimited rides (11AM – 5PM) & (5PM – 9PM)
SUNDAY | $32 Unlimited rides (11AM – 5PM) & (5PM – 9PM)


Complimentary Parking

Note: Parking is limited in downtown lots and at our remote parking lot. Ride sharing services are strongly recommended.

Remote Parking with Free Shuttle

Saturday, May 18, 11am–11pm and Sunday, May 19, 11am–6pm
No Parking or Shuttle on Friday

Remote Parking Location

Golf Dome Parking Lot
801 McHenry Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Shuttle Drop Off/Pick Up Location

Archer Rd. between Fountain Square and the Carnival

Shuttle operates between these two locations continuously during the times listed above.


Strawberry Fest

Strawberry Fest

Friday, June 21, 2024 | 12-11pm
Saturday, June 22, 2024 | 10am-11pm
Sunday, June 23, 2024 | 10am – 6pm
Location: 145 Old McHenry Rd, Long Grove, IL 60047

Join us for the much-anticipated annual event where we celebrate everyone’s favorite summer fruit.
The Historic Downtown Business Association welcomes you to Strawberry Fest this weekend! All proceeds from our events go to projects to improve our downtown. Including:

  • Downtown street lights

  • Development and ongoing maintenance of the new park located by the Covered Bridge. 

  • Coming this year— Monument signs welcoming visitors at the main entry points into the Village of Long Grove. 

  • Banner signage on street light poles. 

  • Various activities for visitors in Downtown Long
 Grove during the winter holiday season. 

We appreciate your support and enjoy the festival! 

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Get your tickets!

General Admission $5 per day (ages 12 and under are FREE).
Tickets may be purchased online or at the gate each day. 
Discounted admission available when purchasing Three-Day Passes online ONLY.


Entertainment

Main Stage Music

FRIDAY
Kashmir9pm – 11pm
Of Perception: A Doors Tribute6:30pm – 8:20pm
The 77 Solution4:30pm – 6:00pm
Major Climb2:30pm – 4:00pm
The Riley Brothers12:00pm – 2:00pm
SATURDAY
Hi Infidelity9:00pm – 11:00pm
The Gingers6:30p – 8:20pm
7th Heaven4:30pm – 6:00pm
Southwater2:30pm – 4:00pm
Easy Munny Duo12:00pm – 1:30pm
SUNDAY
Hillbilly Rockstarz Presents: Don’t Rock the Jukebox4:00pm – 6:00pm
Matthew Holm Band2:00pm – 3:30pm
School of Rock Barrington12:00pm – 1:30pm 

Parking Options

Free Parking is limited in downtown lots and at our remote parking lot. Ride sharing services are strongly recommended.
There is also paid lots available nearby. See map below for details.

Remote Parking with Free Shuttle

Saturday, May 18, 11am–11pm and Sunday, May 19, 11am–6pm
No Parking or Shuttle on Friday

Remote Parking Location

Golf Dome Parking Lot
801 McHenry Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Shuttle Drop Off/Pick Up Location

Archer Rd. between Fountain Square and the Carnival

Shuttle operates between these two locations continuously during the times listed above.
Remote Parking with Free Shuttle, Presented by


Carnival

FRIDAY | 12PM – 9PM
SATURDAY | 11AM – 9PM
SUNDAY | 11AM – 5PM

RIDES & PRICE SPECIALS

OPTION 1 | 18 credits for $20
OPTION 2 | 4 credits for $5
OPTION 3 | Unlimited Rides Wristbands
FRIDAY | $32 Unlimited rides (NOON – 5PM) & (5PM – 9PM)
SATURDAY | $32 Unlimited rides (11AM – 5PM) & (5PM – 9PM)
SUNDAY | $32 Unlimited rides (11AM – 5PM) & (5PM – 9PM)


Merchant Specials



Historic Downtown Long Grove

The new and improved historic downtown Long Grove, now construction-free after a major multi-year beautification rehab, is known for its wide array of independent, family owned and operated restaurants and stores.  Strawberry Fest marks the kickoff to summer shopping season in town, with local merchants featuring their own sweet summertime specials throughout the event weekend.  Visitors during fest weekend are invited to explore the recently beautified village and discover what makes Long Grove so flavorful.

Strawberry Festival’s organizing group, the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association, is a not-for-profit organization led by a team of elected volunteers that represent and serve the Long Grove historic district businesses and property owners, as well as the residents of the village. By hosting memorable activities and events, they are able to support the interests of members, enhance the community, and encourage the use and preservation of the historic village.

Vintage Days | 2024

Vintage Days | 2024

Save the Date for Vintage Days
Saturday, July 27, 2024 | 10am-6pm
Sunday, July 28, 2024 | 10am – 5pm

This street market features vendors selling vintage, reclaimed, repurposed and upcycled items.

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Summer Street Market in Downtown Long Grove
145 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove, 60047
Vintage, Antique, Crafts, Reclaimed, Repurposed, Upcycled and Handmade


The annual Vintage Days festival will return to Long Grove on Saturday, July 27th and Sunday, July 28th. Organized by the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association, this fun-filled, throw-back celebration bridges yesterday with today. It will feature all things vintage, reclaimed, hand-made, upcycled, antique, and repurposed in an open-air marketplace.  The free family-friendly event gives everyone a plethora of enduring products they can’t find anywhere else – under the summer sun in the heart of timeless downtown Long Grove with old-time games, live music, contests, food, and drinks.

The new and improved downtown Long Grove now features modern pedestrian conveniences while still embracing its vintage allure.  Known for its wide array of independent, family-owned and operated restaurants and stores, Vintage Days also features shops and restaurants doling out historic specials all weekend long.  Visitors are invited to explore the recently beautified village to sip, shop, and dine and discover what has made downtown Long Grove so beloved for so long.

This year’s festivities will be located all around the downtown area. Using GPS to get here? Enter the Visitors Center address, 145 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove, 60047 to find us.

This is a free event open to the public. There will be live music, unique vintage vendors and more—all within our quaint village setting. So much to see and do during your visit!


What to Expect

  • Long Grove Hometown Event, hosted by the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association with assistance from the Long Grove Lions Club
  • Antique, crafts, handmade, vintage, upcycled and reclaimed dealers
  • Outdoor, open-air street market
  • Food Vendors
  • Free admission and parking
  • Shop the market or one of the independently owned shops around town
  • Shop, dine and explore our downtown businesses, many of which are incorporating vintage activities and specials for the weekend including:
    • Long Grove Historical Society’s Penny Carnival (Sunday, 12-2pm)
    • Craft Vendors and After Hours “Speakeasy” at Brothers’ Field at (Saturday, starting at 6pm)
    • More activities coming soon!

Live Music Schedule

Saturday, July 27
11:00am-1:00pmThe Sunflower Headlights
11:00am-1:00pm  Elvis Tribute Artist Hugo
4:00pm-6:00pmRachel Faul
Sunday, July 28
10:00am-12:00pmThe Downhillers
12:30pm-2:30pmLow-reen & Jimmy Upstairs Blues Crew
3:00pm-5:00pm Heroes & Legends Music

Now Accepting Vendors

Apply to be a vendor at Vintage days here.
Early Bird Registration Ends: May 31, 2024
Registration Deadline: July 12, 2024



Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting this event.

Stage Sponsor:

Classic Vintage Sponsors:

Irish Days | 2024 Info Coming Soon!

Irish Days | 2024 Info Coming Soon!

Save the Date for Irish Days
Saturday, August 31, 2024
Sunday, September 1, 2024
Monday, September 2, 2024

Grab your kilts and join us for our annual celebration of Irish music, culture, food and more.

Updates to this page will be available later this year.

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All eyes will be smiling when the historic shopping district of Long Grove presents Irish Days, a celebration of Irish culture, music, food, and drink. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 31 – Monday, September 2, 2024.

What to expect:

  • Dog Contest
  • Men’s Best Legs in Kilt contest
  • Live Music
  • Food vendors from Canta Napoli (Irish inspired menu) and DJ Dogs (kid friendly food)
  • Irish dance groups
  • Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band

Event Schedule

More info coming soon!


Long Grove Fountain Square
228 Robert Parker Coffin Rd, Long Grove IL

Admission and parking in municipal lots are free.


Apple Fest | 2024 Info Coming Soon!

Apple Fest | 2024 Info Coming Soon!

Save the Date for Apple Fest
Friday, September 20, 2024
Saturday, September 21, 2024
Sunday, September 22, 2024

Join us for one of Chicago’s favorite fall festivals!

Watch for updates to this page later this summer.

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Location:

Downtown Long Grove, 145 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove, IL 60047

How do you like your apples? Fresh? Baked in pies? Dipped in chocolate or caramel? Candied? Are you drooling yet (We know you are)? How ever you like them, we have them. Long Grove’s Apple Fest is known for the apple pies, donuts, caramel dipped to candied apples, apple wine, sangria, and more! In addition to all of the delightful apple specialties, you can even try some options right off the menu at our local hometown restaurants. What’s a Long Grove fest without a stage full of great rhythm and sounds showcasing all your favorite styles of music? We’re again curating artisans in the area to come and showcase their wares and talents. Indulge yourself (and your taste buds) with three fun-filled days that the entire family (including your fur-baby) can enjoy. We will see you there! If you have any questions or would like to participate, please reach out to… info@longgrove.org


October Days | 2024 Info Coming Soon!

October Days | 2024 Info Coming Soon!

Save the Date for October Days
DIY Scarecrow Day • Saturday, October 5, 2024
Witches Night Out • Thursday, October 10, 2024
Pet Costume Parade • Sunday, October 13, 2024

These fall favorites return to historic downtown Long Grove in October. 

Details about each event will be updated on this page once the planning is complete.

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Get spooky with us throughout October! Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly afternoon or a ladies’ night out — there’s something brewing each week in downtown Long Grove. 

Saturday, October 5, 2024

DIY Scarecrow Day
More info coming soon!

The suburb’s biggest homage to scarecrow-making returns again to Historic Downtown Long Grove. Do It Yourself Scarecrow Day is an afternoon dedicated to harvesting charm and family fun.  Scarecrow engineers are invited to reserve a time to build their own custom scarecrow modeled after any character or idea they can create.  We encourage participants to plan ahead, gather clothing and accessories and register in advance.


Thursday, October 10, 2024

Witches Night Out
More info coming soon!

Businesses in Historic Downtown Long Grove will be open late for grown-up witches and warlocks to have fun shopping, sipping and dining! Participating businesses will have specials, discounts, give-aways and more planned for all the little pretties who attend. Witches who register in advance or at the event will be entered to win prizes donated by our merchants throughout the night.


Sunday, October 13, 2024

Pet Costume Parade
More info coming soon!

Pets throughout the region are invited to don their best Halloween duds and howl at the moon at Halloween Town’s 4th Annual Pet Costume Parade!   It’s free to watch the parade, and all dogs must remain leashed.


Thursday, October 31, 2024

Trick or Treating
More info coming soon!

Participating merchants in downtown Long Grove

Kids are invited to visit participating businesses in historic downtown Long Grove to show off their Halloween costumes and collect treats.

Vintage Holidays | 2024 Info Coming Soon!

Vintage Holidays | 2024 Info Coming Soon!

Save the Date for Vintage Holidays
Vintage Holidays runs from mid-November through December 2024

More details about our nostalgic holiday activities will be posted here later this year.

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Historic downtown Long Grove invites you to rediscover the magic of the holidays this season. Vintage Holidays in Long Grove is what the classic holiday small town experience is all about—quaint shops, old-world charm, and family memories. Organized by the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association, Vintage Holidays 2024 will feature:

NEW! Holiday Walk

More info coming soon!


Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Carriage rides are one of our most beloved activities during our Vintage Holidays season. Passengers are invited to sit back and take in the nostalgia of our historic downtown as the clattering of horse hooves lead the way.

More info coming soon!


Santa in the Village

More info coming soon!


Caroling Around Town

Visitors who stroll historic downtown Long Grove during Vintage Holidays will not only enjoy the sights but the sounds of the holiday season too, with festive holiday carolers setting the tone. We are excited to again welcome our amazing carolers to the Village of Long Grove this season. The following groups will be out and about on the days below* bringing additional holiday cheer and wonder to the visitors of downtown.

More info coming soon!


Merchant Specials and Promotions

Merchants in historic downtown Long Grove will feature decorations, specials on merchandise, seasonal food, seasonal drinks, and more throughout the holiday season. 

More info coming soon!


Sip, Shop and Dine Holiday Gift Promotion

To thank our patrons for supporting our historic downtown Long Grove businesses, we are again offering a FREE Gift with Purchase promotion.

More info coming soon!