Saturday, December 1, 2012
What do buffaloes, a python and President Gerald Ford have in common? They are all highlights in Buffalo Grove’s history.
Buffalo Grove's history is well known. It was incorporated in 1958, and the village received its name because a herd of buffalo grazed by the trees along Buffalo Creek. But did you know that Buffalo Grove’s history is much older? According to Debbie Fandrei, the Raupp Museum’s coordinator, Buffalo Grove has an intriguing history. The Potawatomis once lived in the area. Settlers from New England arrived in the 1830s, and farmers from Germany arrived in the 1840s. “Until the 1950s, Buffalo Grove did well, but it wasn’t growing,” Fandrei said. The following were the key factors that influenced Buffalo Grove’s early years as an incorporated village. By the 1960s, Buffalo Grove’s population would total more than 1,500 residents. The village had…
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Top 10 things to do in historic Woodstock Square.
Woodstock Square has been a gathering place since the mid-19th century. Residents of that era, mainly farmers, used to gather in the square to shop for groceries, clothes or other necessities. Today, residents and visitors from throughout the region still gather at the square. The square offers culture, historical beauty and special events in every season. In the summer, shoppers can buy local food at the Farmers Market on both Tuesdays and Saturdays. A town square is unusual in Illinois. “The founders of Woodstock set the square aside to provide a restful place in town and a nice pastoral setting,” said John Scharres, managing director of the Woodstock Opera House, one of the town’s most notable buildings since 1889. “Other towns that do …
Saturday, June 23, 2012
SafeHouse Farm in Barrington is home to several dozen alpacas.
In the Venture Out portion of the Patch Passport series, we take you to SafeHouse Farm in Barrington, where Jim Tomaszek and his wife take care of several dozen national-championship quality alpacas. WATCH THE VIDEO: SafeHouse Alpaca Farm Discover other places within driving distance of home: WATCH THE VIDEO: Woodstock Square WATCH THE VIDEO: Genessee Theatre
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Revisit your younger days when you hopped in the car, started the engine and drove off in search of something fun. Patch Passport maps out where you can Venture Out on a 15-, 30- or 60-minute drive from your home.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
In the Venture Out portion of the Patch Passport series, we show you some of the best places you can visit in less than a tank of gas. In McHenry County, we take you to Woodstock Square, where we show you 10 things you can do in the picturesque town. WATCH THE VIDEO: Woodstock Square In Lake County, we bring you a behind-the-scenes look at the historic Genessee Theatre and show you how you can plan a trip there. WATCH THE VIDEO: Genessee Theatre At the Lake and Cook county border, we take you to SafeHouse Farm in Barrington, where Jim Tomaszek and his wife take care of several dozen national-championship quality alpacas. WATCH THE VIDEO: SafeHouse Alpaca Farm Or, if you're really feeling adventurous, …
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Broadway musicals, comedians, corporate events and weddings all are held in the historic Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. The $23 million renovation to the classic building restored the facility to its former glory.
The Genesee Theatre in Waukegan hosts Broadway shows, big name comedians and corporate events. It has undergone a $23 million renovation to include every modern convenience while still maintaining the look and feel of a grand movie palace from nearly a century ago. The stage, in fact, once was home to vaudeville performers. The street outside the lobby was once filled with people, eager to see and hear the first "talkie" movies. Ushers impecably dressed in black suits once showed audience members to their seats. It was the place to go. When the theatre originally opened on December 25, 1927 with four sold-out shows of The Valley of the Giants, there were reportedly 8,000 people eager to attend. Tickets cost 60 cents for adults and 25 cents…
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Jim Tomaszek of SafeHouse Farm shares his experiences in raising these soft and friendly animals.
In the Venture Out portion of the Patch Passport series, we take you to SafeHouse Farm in Barrington, where Jim Tomaszek and his wife take care of several dozen national-championship quality alpacas.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
International flavors right here in Buffalo Grove.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Do you want to get out of the kitchen, but are bored of the same old places you always go to? Want some fresh ideas for tasty meals? Then the Patch Passport can help. We have assembled a list of local places with international flavors. Try one and let us know what you think. Bon Appetit!
Friday, July 1, 2011
If you get into stitches, go nuts for nuts, or leap for lizards, Buffalo Grove has you covered with a variety of unique stores.
If you have ever wanted to find a unique gift or product but do not want to drive to a shopping mall, look no further than Buffalo Grove. These three stores offer a selection of products that you don’t typically see anywhere else. Knit Happens Knit Happens, a yarn salon, is a one-stop shop for knitters and crotchetiers. Established in April 2010, Knit Happens is owned by Connie Grundschok, a Buffalo Grove High School graduate and longtime area resident. Grundschok has a background in commercial interior design and uses her skills to help customers choose yarn colors. The shelves in the front of the store are stocked with yarn more appropriate for use in spring and summer clothing. The back of the store has yarn with heavier weights and …
Thursday, June 30, 2011
A luxurious setting and knowledgeable staff result in a pleasant massage at Vitality Spa.
When you picture a luxurious spa, the Buffalo Grove Park District probably doesn’t come to mind. And that is exactly where you are missing out. Vitality Spa, located in the Buffalo Grove Fitness Center, offers a variety of spa services, including massages, waxing, pedicures, and manicures for men and women. While it is located in a fitness center, Vitality makes it clear that you are not in a gym. The reception area is decorated in warm, soothing colors, and music plays quietly in the background. After I checked in, I was shown to a private changing area and given a thick robe and waterproof sandals. The changing room could have been given a dreary utilitarian look, but fortunately, it didn’t; the shower stall and sink looked like it was …
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
You don't have to go far to find entertainment for the little ones.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
It’s summertime, and the kids are restless. Take advantage of your time together and take them out for some kid-friendly fun. Check one of these hot spots in Buffalo Grove to start your summer adventure. Let the kids burn off some energy at Jump!Zone, which features giant inflatable structures that include giant slides, obstacle courses and plenty of room to bounce. Some favorites include Disney-themed bounce houses and an 18-foot-tall inflatable fire truck. Jump!Zone is located at 1465 Busch Parkway. Open play times and prices vary by day. Check its website for details. If you need a short break from the kids, swing by Kids and Co., which offers weekday drop-off programs for kids ages 3 to 7, in addition to more structured classes for …