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New Businesses Open in Historic Downtown Long Grove

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  • Broken Earth Winery, located in the Mill Pond Shops of Downtown Long Grove

    Broken Earth Winery, located in the Mill Pond Shops of Downtown Long Grove

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The Long Grove Business and Community Partners (LGBCP) is proud to welcome new additions to their array of charming shops, businesses promoting music, art, dance and services, along with exceptional full service restaurants and fast casual dining, all in historic downtown Long Grove in Chicago's northern suburbs. New openings in Long Grove include Chatterbox of Long Grove, In Motion Dance and Broken Earth Winery.

Chatterbox of Long Grove (330 Old McHenry Road) is the most recent addition to Long Grove's dining scene, which recently opened under the ownership of Steve Besbeas. Chatterbox's menu, created by Executive Chef Chris Rybicki, mimics the casual and comfortable feel of the restaurant's atmosphere with delicious small plates, flatbreads, weekly specials, and more. For those who come thirsty, Chatterbox has a fully stocked bar and a beverage list that perfectly pairs with popular menu items. To learn more about Chatterbox of Long Grove visit or call 847.383.5492

In Motion Dance (404 Robert Parker Coffin Road) owned by Jessica Wielondek, or Miss Jessica as her students know her, has opened their doors in Downtown Long Grove just in time for the Fall season. In Motion Dance offers students ages 2 ½ to 18 years old the opportunity to learn a variety of dance styles including: ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, poms and tap. Students perform at community events, nursing homes and annual recitals and also have the opportunity to audition for the prestigious STAR Dance Company. For more information on In Motion Dance visit or call 847.478.0155

Broken Earth Winery, owned by The Forsythe Family (long-time residents of Long Grove), is located in the Mill Pond Shops of Downtown Long Grove. This exciting new winey, set to open its doors just in time for Apple Fest, Sept. 26, 27, 28, will offer wine tastings, wine club memberships, video gaming and full service dining featuring appetizers, burgers and small plate samplings, along with wine, beer, and other beverages. Private dining will be available. In addition, the Broken Earth Winery will sell their Award Winning Wines by the bottle or by the case, along with gift items and a full selection of wine accessories.

The family's Paso Robles winery produces estate grown and harvested unique wines, from vines first planted in 1973, and bottled in their winery in Paso Robles, California. Long Grove, IL. becomes home to their first expansion of their winery outside of California.

Other recent changes in Long Grove include: Beans & Leaves Coffee and Tea Café and the Long Grove Café, both under new ownership; and the addition of State Farm Insurance, Ryan Messner Agency, as a new service provider for the community and surrounding neighborhoods.


Never before has there been a better time to conduct business in Long Grove. Recent retirements by merchants and landlords have made prominent spaces available for lease, sale, or development for the first time in 30 years. These spaces are suitable for the smallest of boutique style businesses to more established businesses looking to expand, and for fast casual dining to restaurants seating 50 and more. For more information on Downtown Long Grove and local merchants visit or call the Visitor's Information Center at 847.634.0888

About Long Grove

Originally settled as a German farming community, the Village of Long Grove's rich historical background gave way to a multitude of additional cultures such as French, Polish, Greek, Irish, Canadian, Scottish, British, Scandinavian, Italian, Native American and many more. Notoriously known as a 'must-see' destination in Lake County, the Village gives visitors a very unique feel unlike any other place. It is almost as if they are nestled in a hidden town in Europe.

Recognized as one of the nation's genuine historic villages, and famous for their annual festivals, the Village of Long Grove also serves as a Midwest destination, known for its one-of-a-kind, unique shopping experience that cannot be duplicated. Only in Long Grove can one experience a charming, historic village abundant with unspoiled natural beauty and a diverse collection of shops, restaurants and events, all supported by a genuine hospitality rarely found in urban environments. A 35-mile jaunt from Chicago, the Village of Long Grove is an experience not to be missed.