address

1421 Milwaukee Ave.
Glenview, IL 60025

phone

847 299 6096

contact hours

Interpretive Center open Tu-Su, 10 am-3 pm (beginning 5/4/21).
Grounds open daily, dawn-dusk.
No dogs allowed.

Come for a Visit

 

Visiting The Grove

Grounds and trails are open daily from dawn until dusk. Beginning Tuesday, May 4, the Interpretive Center is OPEN for free drop-in visitation Tu-Su, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (closed Mondays).

See the new turtle exhibit, learn about Robert Kennicott, say hello to the animals in the science room and more. Take your picture with our giant ground sloth skeleton and 10-foot Alaskan brown bear. Pick up a souvenir or two during your visit.

Please wear your mask and practice social distancing at all times to keep yourself and others safe. We will adhere to building capacity limits in place under current guidelines. We look forward to welcoming you back!

Our COVID Safety Protocols

  • Hand sanitizing stations available
  • Common touchpoints are regularly disinfected
  • Face coverings are required at all times
  • Limited staff contact by maintaining only minimum basic operations

overview

Come see 150 sprawling acres of ecologically diverse land preserved and maintained by the Glenview Park District!

With 150 acres of ecologically diverse land preserved and maintained by the Glenview Park District, The Grove is one of the Glenview Park District’s busiest attractions.

In 1836, visionary horticulturist and educator Dr. John Kennicott settled on the property from New Orleans. His son, Robert Kennicott, became a prominent early naturalist and kept part of his plant and animal specimen collection at The Grove. Robert Kennicott also founded the Chicago Academy of Sciences.

In 1976, The Grove was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. It is on the National Registry of Historic Places and is a partner of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Chicago Wilderness.

Experience Glenview’s most unique outdoor history and nature museum at The Grove. Venture on trails through the oak-hickory savanna, past wetland pools, and stop to watch a family of turtles. Learn about the Native American tribes and pioneer settlers who lived on this land and the tremendous impact they had on our community.

The property that is now known as The Grove National Historic Landmark was once owned by the Kennicott family. Dr. John Kennicott brought his family here from New Orleans in 1836. They first lived in a log cabin before building the Kennicott House in 1856. Kennicott’s son Robert became a pioneer naturalist and explorer.

By 1973, the land and remaining buildings were slated to become a large development of high-density residential units. To prevent this, a group of dedicated individuals, formed the Save The Grove Committee to ensure the historical significance of the land was not forgotten. Affectionately known as the “Frog and Fern Ladies,” the Committee played a vital role in preserving this important historic site, and in 1973, The Grove was named to the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1976, the Save The Grove Committee became the Grove Heritage Association, the same year the land was designated a National Historic Landmark. Since then, GHA has donated thousands of volunteer hours and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit The Grove.

In 1995, an additional 41 available acres at The Grove was acquired through a combined land donation from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and land purchase supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and a $400,000 donation commitment from the Grove Heritage Association.

In the years since, the park district has made several significant improvements to enhance The Grove’s ability to tell the story of its human and natural history. Today, The Grove welcomes over 200,000 visitors annually.

Due to the historic nature of The Grove buildings and ecological significance of its natural areas, the Glenview Park District has adopted a specific policy governing still and video photography at The Grove. In some cases, permits are required and fees must be paid. For detailed information on these guidelines, click here.

The Grove frequently receives calls from concerned people who have found injured wildlife and want to help. While The Grove is not authorized to care for such animals, there are other resources available. For information on what to do when you find an injured animal, please go to one of the following websites: Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation or the University of Illinois Extension’s Living with Wildlife in Illinois.

the redfield estate

Nestled inside The Grove, a National Historic Landmark, The Redfield Estate is an ideal special event and wedding venue that meticulously marries history with nature.

Enjoy the private use of our vintage 1930s-era home, pavilion, and gazebo surrounded by the beautiful grounds of the nature preserve.

This stunning location offers more than 150 acres of forest, ponds, vast lawns, elegantly landscaped gardens, fountains and urns filled with seasonal flowers. Redfield Estate provides the perfect backdrop for your outdoor ceremony, reception, or intimate events inside the house, which features original leaded glass windows, a fireplace, and charming dressing rooms to prepare for your event.

Perfect for two to 102 guests, your event will be on you remember as you dine and dance on our gorgeous 30′ x 60′ outdoor-covered, stone pavilion. Evening lighting includes strings of bistro lights and lamp-lit serene walkways.

School Programs and Field Trips

Learn first hand about local environmental science and history with a field trip at The Grove. Aligned with Common Core standards, The Grove’s school programs are meant to supplement a teacher’s curriculum.

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Birthday parties at The Grove

Celebrate your child’s adventurous spirit with a Pioneer or nature-inspired birthday party.

Learn More about Birthday Parties

The Grove

Judy Picicco

Environmental Education Supervisor; Education Supervisor at The Grove

224 521 2105 judy.picicco@glenviewparks.org

Ashley DeAngeles

Customer Service and Operations Supervisor

224 521 2097 ashley.deangeles@glenviewparks.org

Diane J. Michalski

Recreation Program Supervisor

224 521 2101 diane.michalski@glenviewparks.org

The Grove Redfield Estate

Redfield Rental Contact

Redfield Rental Coordinator

847-298-0095 redfieldestate@glenviewparks.org