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The Grove

1421 Milwaukee Avenue

The Grove is 143 acres of ecologically diverse prairie grove land preserved and maintained by the Glenview Park District. The Grove was the home of visionary horticulturist and educator Dr. John Kennicott who brought his family from New Orleans to settle on this land in 1836. It was here that Dr. John’s son Robert Kennicott developed his love of nature that led to such accomplishments as exhibiting his plant and animal specimen collections at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., founding the Chicago Academy of Sciences and the exploration of Russian America that led to the purchase of Alaska. Because of its rich history, The Grove was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1976. It is on the National Registry of Historic Places. The Grove is a partner with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Chicago Wilderness.


John Johnson

Saturday, May 5, 2018
Great place! Lots of history. I’ve been going there since I was a kid and back in 2015 my wife and I got married there! Super historic place and a great nature preserve. Booking prices for events are SUPER reasonable. The place is clean in terms of events and ground cover. Great place to take the kids to learn about wildlife and be outdoors. They run events frequently and have a great re-enactment event in late summer. If you’ve never been or if you’re debating having an event there you should do it.

Peter Schrenk

Monday, May 7, 2018
This place is a gem. We bring our young children here when we can. They love the displays and animals in the nature center. The outdoor displays are also fantastic. The walking trails are easy for all ages and are well-maintained. It is pretty much all accessible for strollers and wheelchairs. There is no admission fee or parking fee, but they really deserve whatever donation you can give.

edgar jusionis

Monday, April 16, 2018
Awesome place to go to and walk around. Inside of the place there are plenty of creatures to see. They have this huge tank with a huge alligator turtle in it and it's over 100 years old if not more. It's a massive and incredible animal to see, you gotta see it to believe, I've never seen anything that big before.

mahdi miri

Monday, April 16, 2018
Free parking and free admission. Took the kids here for a short visit on a Saturday afternoon in April. It was raining and we spent about an hour in the Interpretive Center. It's like a small zoo with turtles, snakes, birds, and fish. Kids really enjoyed seeing the animals up close. Staff was very nice and excited to show off the snakes and turtles up close.

Kirk Hipps

Saturday, March 10, 2018
A wonderful small park and historic center. It's also a wedding venue that is really nice. There are some wonderful trails and a nature center too with classes. There are also "Pioneer" days and special festivals. Really a nice place to go.

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