A diverse, unexpected touch of vibrancy just north of Chicago
Often named among Illinois’ best places to live, Buffalo Grove is one of Chicago’s most upscale suburbs, located approximately 25 miles north of the Loop. Officially a village, the beautiful parks, outdoor amenities, cozy cafes, and fun activities have brought a diverse array of life and vibrancy to an otherwise tranquil suburban neighborhood.
The first white settler arrived in the early 1800s, with many other northeasterners following suit soon after, receiving land grants from the government. Before World War II, Buffalo Grove was largely rural and consisted mostly of dairy farmers. After decades of continued growth, Buffalo Grove experienced a tremendous increase in population in the ‘70s. After local annexations and the creation of specialized departments, Buffalo Grove has truly grown into its own and made great strides ahead of its time to improve the quality of life for its residents.
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A high number of charming yet important attractions are widely available in Buffalo Grove. Most of these are very family-friendly, great news for parents. Local schools are some of the best in the nation and practically guarantee their students great success later in life. Smaller cafes aiming to satisfy any sweet tooth are great treats, while steakhouses and other upscale eateries offer refuge from the every day and a reason to celebrate even the smallest of events. Centrally located parks and country clubs offer additional options for refreshment in the great outdoors.
Buffalo Grove is plentiful with dining options. Cafes, traditional favorites, and steaks worthy of a special date-night occasion are testaments to the culinary talents this close-knit community has attracted from the big city.
One of Buffalo Grove’s swankiest stops can be found at Wildfire, an all-American steakhouse also serving up seafood, craft burgers, and creative cocktails. This neighborhood staple has developed a loyal following for their prime rib, filet mignon, cedar plank salmon, and porterhouse steak, to name a few. The homemade key lime pie is undoubtedly the best way to cap off this extravagant meal.
Other traditional American offerings in a slightly more casual environment is the specialty of Buffalo Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor. Diner favorites, milkshakes, and sundaes have been a part of this local institution for over 20 years.
Taiwan’s recent bubble tea craze has gone global, and Buffalo Grove did not miss out on this trend, thanks to Sweet Cafe. This popular spot for bubble tea, a sweet milk tea beverage adorned with chewy tapioca beads, along with frozen yogurt and smoothies, has gained popularity in recent years for its consistent service and wide array of healthier dessert options.
On the eastern side of town, Regal Lincolnshire & IMAX shows the newest films in the comfort of plush seating with occasional 3D screenings. IMAX theaters are known for their superb visuals and surreal surround sound, providing a top-of-the-line cinematic experience for patrons.
Despite Buffalo Grove's close proximity to Chicago’s metropolitan core, locals enjoy a wide array of simple pleasures reminiscent of the pre-social media era. Spray ‘n Splay is an inland park featuring over 20 water sprays, fountains, play stations, and picnic facilities for visitors. Another great way to spend warm summer days is at the Willow Stream Disc Golf Course. Twin Creeks Park is another nearby facility offering a similar course. For something closer to the real thing, Golf Dome at the Buffalo Grove Park District is one of the nation’s top indoor learning facilities, offering a realistic environment despite the comfortable indoor setting. In addition to the 75-yard indoor driving range and putting green, professional lessons and golf classes are available for those looking to up their game.
Buffalo Grove residents are blessed with some of the best schools in the state and the nation. One such option is:
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