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.
Beautiful for an outdoor wedding and reception! The food was wonderful! Heat lamps were provided due to cool temperatures. The outdoor bathrooms are nice but they are outdoors, so expect bugs.
I found The Grove to be an interesting and fun nature spot for nature and animal enthusiasts. Even young children enjoyed visiting. The nature walk paths are relaxing and easy to navigate.
Mohammed Azam Hussain
Awesome trails through prairie, forests, and wetlands for hikers or strollers. If you somehow don't see any animals outside, pop into the interpretation center to see plenty of live snakes, turtles, fish and a few birds. There are also plenty of crafts for kids, rocks and artifacts to check out and handle, and a gift shop. During peak hours the volunteers will pull out an animal to be pet and a blacksmith who will show you how they worked metal during pioneer days. This place is a popular with all my kids and easy on my wallet (free!)
Interesting and cool place. The people are so knowledgeable. Take a hike, learn about Indians, and the family that took care of this land. Such a beautiful place!
The Grove is by far my favorite nature reserve in the area. The prairies are gorgeous. We always see lots if wildlife and they have an amazing interpretive center for learning. With it's historical buildings, you really feel transported back to the late 19th century. The Grove hosts many special events such as the Fall Folk Festival and Pioneer Day. In November they turn all of their buildings into a fabulous holiday craft fair that will definitely get you into the holiday spirit!