The Grove

UPDATE: 45-minute guided tours at The Interpretive Center are available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Advance reservations are required. See below for more details and to register. Grounds are open dawn to dusk. Restrooms at the Redfield Carriage House are open to the public from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Virtual and in-person programming is available. 

Address: 1421 Milwaukee Ave.
Glenview, IL 60025
Phone: 847-299-6096
Hours: Grounds:
Open to the public year-round, dawn to dusk

Interpretive Center: Tours available F-Su, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Kennicott House Guided Tours: CLOSED
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NEW! Interpretive Center Guided Tours

The Grove will offer 45-minute guided tours of the recently renovated Interpretive Center. You’ll 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. Guided tours are available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents are $2 per person and nonresidents are $5 per person. Children 2 and under are free. Advance registration is required online. Space is limited to 25 patrons per tour. Please wear your mask and practice social distancing at all times.

Step into the past at the area’s most unique outdoor history and nature museum. Venture out on trails through mature oak forests past wetland pools and stop to watch a family of turtles sunning themselves on a log. Learn first hand about the Native American tribes who lived on this land and the settlers who followed them and the tremendous impact they had on this community and beyond. Welcome to The Grove.


 What is The Grove?

The Grove is 145 acres of ecologically diverse prairie grove land preserved and maintained by the Glenview Park District. The Grove was home to 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. As a noted explorer, collector and naturalist, his accomplishments include founding the Chicago Academy of Sciences and exploring Russian America leading to the purchase of Alaska. Robert’s plant and animal specimens are part of the permanent collections at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

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.

Watch The Grove Story

Check out our newly produced videos featuring interviews with former Grove director Steve Swanson! View the full length feature below (14:13), or individual segments on our YouTube channel.

Saving the Grove (4:37)

Who Were the Kennicotts (3:04)

Living Laboratory (2:55)

The Grove Experience

Due to COVID-19, registration is required for tours of the Kennicott House, available weekends only. Please call The Grove for more information.

The trails are open from sunrise to sunset. While you are out enjoying nature, help us catalog the changing landscape by finding the Chronolog stations and uploading a picture. We are the first site in Illinois to be a part of this program, which creates a time lapse video to show how landscapes change over time. The more photos we have, the better we can interpret the changing landscape.

Check out iNaturalist here

Chronolog #1 

Chronolog #2

Chronolog #3

A visit to The Grove offers many opportunities for historical, educational, and environmental enjoyment.

Interpretive Center Grand Reopening, February 2020

Available to the public year-round:

  • Learn about native plants, animals and the environment at the Interpretive Center
  • Connect with nature and history through workshops and hands-on programs for all ages
  • Find gifts for the nature or history enthusiast at The Grove Store, located in the Interpretive Center. 
  • Walk the winding nature trails, rich in flora and fauna.
  • Attend a wedding or host a party at the historic 1929 Redfield Estate
  • Enjoy unique annual community events and festivals
  • Volunteer to help preserve this remarkable site.
  • Historic buildings are open seasonally to the public and during special events. They are available for school and group programming year-round.

Young or old, history or nature lover, whatever your age or interest, you’ll be enchanted by The Grove. Stop by soon and discover what’s waiting for you!

The Grove Natural Science Classroom

Come learn and discover in the Natural Science Classroom at The Grove’s Interpretive Center. Nature videos, science equipment, environmental displays, self-guided activities and trail walks are just some of the resources available to you. Grove staff and volunteers will be happy to assist you on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m-3 p.m. Themes include:

  • January: Mammals
  • February: Hawks & Owls
  • March: Snakes
  • April: Spring
  • May: Birds
  • June: Turtles
  • July: Insects
  • August: Trees
  • September: Soil
  • October: Autumn
  • November: Fish
  • December: Dinosaurs & Fossils

The Grove Photography/Videography Policy

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.

Care of Injured Wildlife

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.

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The Grove Team

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Lorin Ottlinger

Judy Picicco
Environmental Education Supervisor

Ashley DeAngeles
Customer Service and
Operations Supervisor

Diane J. Michalski
Program Supervisor