The Grove

Where Chicago - - EDITOR’S ITINERARY -

Tucked away in Glen­view, just 15 miles out­side of Chicago, is The Grove, a 145-acre out­door his­tory and na­ture museum with di­verse ecosys­tems, a trail sys­tem, pre­served homes and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for young minds. Orig­i­nally the home of the town's first pioneer, the hor­ti­cul­tur­ist Dr. John Ken­ni­cott who set­tled with his fam­ily on the land in 1836, to­day The Grove is a Na­tional His­toric Land­mark that gives a glimpse into a dif­fer­ent way of life in Amer­ica. Fam­i­lies have the chance to ex­plore the oak for­est and wet­lands where na­ture thrives, or can head to one of the many re­stored build­ings on the prop­erty that en­gage in liv­ing his­tory demon­stra­tions with cos­tumed char­ac­ters and op­por­tu­ni­ties to see what a 19th cen­tury one-room school­house looks like or en­gage in chores in an au­then­tic log cabin. There's also a strong fo­cus on Na­tive Amer­i­can cul­ture with teepees and a long­house out­fit­ted with fur pelts and a gi­ant fire pit where chil­dren can learn about how the ear­li­est set­tlers lived and the im­mense in­flu­ence they had in the com­mu­nity. The In­ter­pre­tive Cen­ter is also another point of in­ter­est, with liv­ing or­gan­isms like a pool of tur­tles, birds and snakes, as well as fos­sils and other hands-on ar­ti­facts in the build­ing's Nat­u­ral Science Class­room that shed light on the dy­namic ecosys­tem that to­day still is a ma­jor part of the land's unique­ness. In fact, The Grove is a part­ner with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice and Chicago Wilder­ness. In ad­di­tion to the year-round of­fer­ings, The Grove also has a se­ries of spe­cial events in­clud­ing Civil War re-en­act­ments, Pioneer Days, arts and craft fairs and work­shops for both adults and kids. Find info at www. glen­view­parks.org/the­grove.

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