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Life in Buffalo Grove

An increasingly thriving community, the Village of Buffalo Grove has transformed into one of the finest areas in Chicago’s northwest suburbs.


Buffalo Grove has come a long way since its first settlers arrived around 1834. These New Englanders laid their roots and established the area’s first farms. By the 1840s, the area welcomed German immigrants who had fled their homeland in the Alsace-Lorraine region due to exceptionally poor living conditions and the prospect of fertile, affordable land in America.

Dairy farming was quite extensive in the community throughout the early 1900s, supplying much of the Chicago area with an array of fresh dairy products. With the advent of northern Illinois’ first state concrete road, Dundee Road, automobile access greatly improved; still, residential development did not begin until the late 1950s.

In 1957, a local builder, Al Frank, obtained 100 acres of farmland and embarked on the construction of a number of ranch-style houses. One year later, on March 7, 1958, the Village of Buffalo Grove was incorporated, sparking a surge of new developers in the area. Within a short time after incorporation, the Village had expanded from 164 residents to nearly 1,500.

Residential development was not the only growing aspect of life in Buffalo Grove upon incorporation. The Buffalo Grove Commerce Center’s construction in 1981, followed by the Corporate Grove Industrial Park and the Buffalo Grove Business Park’s establishments soon after, gave rise to a progressive business sector that still holds strong to this day.


Today, Buffalo Grove boasts a population of more than 45,000 who enjoy the outstandingly high standard of life in the suburbs. It is a unique community offering suburban living with a little bit of country charm, thanks to the presence of its local working farm. Yes, in the middle of the quality residential developments, 22 convenient strip malls and business centers is a working farm, Didier Farm, where residents take advantage of a nursery in the spring, a pumpkin farm in the fall and a farmstand featuring fresh fruits and vegetables during the summer. “There’s nothing like having a fresh ear of corn that was just picked hours before it was prepared,” says Lynne Schneider, executive director of the Buffalo Grove Area Chamber of Commerce. “You can’t beat it.”

Buffalo Grove’s desirability continues to draw in prospective residents and businesses interested in relocation and/or expansion. Village services are among the finest in the country, the schools are exceptional, the park district continues to earn national recognition for its programming and facilities, and the economy remains strong.

Additionally, the homes are overall well maintained and well constructed, and there is a price point for every person or family. A safe, peaceful atmosphere is felt throughout the Village, and its physical layout is a major contributor to this comfortable environment. Buffalo Grove boasts winding tree-lined streets, with very few direct routes. Additionally, most of the neighborhoods feature multiple cul-de-sacs, which ultimately discourages traffic along the residential roads.

The Village is certainly a family-oriented community, drawing growing families and young couples hoping to start a family in the near future. It is also a wonderful place for retirees and empty-nesters—a population that continues to grow as the general population ages. The expansive selection of home styles available in Buffalo Grove caters well to this dynamic, multi-generational community.

Venturing into its 52nd year of incorporation (2010), the Village certainly has plenty to be proud about. Buffalo Grove has been listed as one of the “Fifty Fabulous Places to Raise Your Family” by renowned authors Lee and Saralee Rosenberg, and, most recently, was recognized by Money magazine as one of the top 100 best places to live in the U.S. The list was released in July of 2009, with Buffalo Grove earning the #65 spot. Money reviewed the community’s housing and overall quality of life, among other factors, with its tree-lined streets, 400 acres of parks and exciting communitywide events noted. The Village’s ranking established it as only one of three Illinois communities to make the top 100 list—quite an accomplishment!

Buffalo Grove is a Village of distinction, as shown through its many past and present recognitions. It continues on its path of excellence and remains dedicated to maintaining a progressive attitude towards the future. For more information on life in Buffalo Grove, contact the Buffalo Grove Area Chamber of Commerce at 847-541-7799, via email at or visit the organization’s Web site at

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