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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.


urszula czarnewicz

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Visited recently. Living conditions for those creatures are abhorrent. Yes, the tanks / cages are clean. However the living space is non existent. A giant turtle in a tank that's just 10 inches longer than his body. Large fish crowded in small tanks, practically immobile. Snakes in tanks that do not accommodate their body length. It was very sad to see.

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.

Misael Arriola

Thursday, July 26, 2018
My friend got married there. Great place for a wedding. I just couldn't take my eyes of the tree behind the house . That tree has character. I'd love to go back after reading some reviews. I guess this placw has more to offer.

Kelly Rose

Sunday, June 10, 2018
The Grove is by far my favorite nature preserve in the area. The prairies are gorgeous. We always see lots of wildlife and they have an amazing interpretive center for learning and animals. 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, Vintage Market, 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!

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.

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