Buildings & Grounds


UPDATE: The Interpretive Center and all other buildings are closed at this time, except for registered programming. Grounds are open dawn to dusk. 

The Kennicott House

The Kennicott House

In 1856, Dr. John Kennicott built this majestic Gothic Revival House, visible from Milwaukee Ave., to house his growing family. The exterior of the house has been fully restored with careful attention paid to each historical detail from the sharply peaked roof line to the rain barrels on the back porch. The interior of the house has been restored with 19th century furniture, including many pieces that actually belonged to the Kennicott’s. Due to COVID-19, registration is required for tours of the Kennicott House, available weekends only. Please call The Grove for more information.

The Kennicott ArchivesThe Kennicott Archives

The Kennicott Archives houses original letters, documents, photographs and artifacts related to the Kennicott, Redfield, and Peattie families. The main Victorian reading room features inlaid granite and marble floors, cast and sandblasted decorative elements, gold leafed trim, crafted lighting and a portrait gallery. A new exhibit, The Visionary Life of Dr. John A. Kennicott, is open for tours on weekends only. Registrations is required.  Please call The Grove for more information. 

The Redfield Estate

The Redfield Estate

Built in 1929, the Tudor-style house known as the Redfield Estate was the home of Kennicott descendents and acclaimed authors Louise Redfield Peattie (American Acres) and Donald Culross Peattie (A Prairie Grove). The Redfield Estate faces a wide, grassy clearing where weddings and receptions take place year-round and deer gather at twilight. George C. Elmslie, a follower of the Louis Sullivan School of Chicago Architecture, designed the house. A large main room provides a gracious setting for parties and reunions. Above the main room is a loft area that provides a perfect location for musicians to perform. A stained glass circle on the large leaded glass window in the main room is placed in such a way that the moon appears encircled here on the vernal equinox in the spring and autumnal equinox in the fall. The wooded environment surrounding Redfield Estate includes two gazebos, a reflecting pool, and tranquil gardens that are ideal for special events or introspective pursuits. The Redfield Estate is available for rental to the public. Learn more…

The Grove Interpretive CenterThe Grove Interpretive Center

Interpretive Center:
Animal displays and other exhibits are available for viewing; no hands-on contact is permitted.

Tu-Su: 10 am-3 pm

The nature center at The Grove, The Grove’s Interpretive Center, is the ideal place to begin your visit to The Grove. Here you will find knowledgeable staff and volunteers to acquaint you with all The Grove has to offer. Built in 1989, this 5,000 square foot building was constructed of rough-hewn logs to blend in with the woodland setting. It houses a collection of live birds, turtles, snakes and fish as well as specimens for educational purposes, environmental exhibits, and historical resources. The building contains a Natural Science classroom with lots of hands-on exhibits for visitors to learn from and explore. Grove staff and volunteers are available to interpret and offer assistance in the Natural Science Classroom on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A different theme is highlighted each month as follows:

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

Also in the Interpretive Center, you will find The Grove Store where you can purchase a souvenir of your visit. The Grove Store is open Tuesday through Sunday (CLOSED Mondays) from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. and features a variety of items for children and the nature enthusiast including books, candles, sun catchers, Grove t-shirts and seasonal items.

The Blacksmith Shopblacksmith

The Grove Blacksmith Shop is a timber frame building with a cut stone floor located to the southeast of the Interpretive Center. This functioning blacksmith shop also displays period woodworking, tinsmith and stone carving tools. Visiting groups use the shop to do hands-on pioneer skills. Special workshops are conducted throughout the season.

Program Barn

The Program Barn 

The Grove Program Barn, located south of the Interpretive Center, is used for visiting groups and special programs. This multifunctional building provides a large space for recreational and educational programs and special events.

Log Cabin & Native American Villagelog cabin

As you follow the trail from the Interpretive Center, a Log Cabin and a Native American Village, including a Bark Longhouse and Tipi, recreate the scene of an early Illinois settlement. Originally built as a one-room structure in Michigan, the Log Cabin was moved to The Grove and reassembled in 1986. A second room was added in 2000.

Longhouse and teepee

Native American Longhouse

Completed in 1998, features a weatherproof manmade bark-covered exterior and a cozy interior lined with bunk beds covered in fur and blankets, with antlers on the walls and a fire pit in the center. A replica of a Native American Tipi stands nearby. The Log Cabin, Longhouse and Tipi serve as the setting for Glenview Park District programs that highlight both pioneer life and Native American traditions.

The Grove SchoolhouseSchool house

Toward the western edge of The Grove property is a one-room schoolhouse. The small, Gothic-style structure is a replica of a schoolhouse that originally existed on the opposite side of Milwaukee Ave. The schoolhouse was designed by Dr. John Kennicott, as were the rows of desks that line the interior. The recreated school, complete with period-costumed schoolmarms, provides children with the opportunity to experience what their 19th century counterparts did during a typical school day. The tall windows admitted sunlight to illuminate the students’ schoolbooks and could be opened during warm days. A wood stove provided heat for the single large room.