Buffalo Grove, IL is a suburb of Chicago located about 33 miles northwest of the Chicago “loop”. As of the 2010 census 41,496 people resided in Buffalo Grove.

The “Buffalo Grove” name origination is uncertain, but many historians have said when Indians were ranging through northeastern Illinois, so were the buffalo. The buffalo left the Wheeling woods in the morning and made their way diagonally to Long Grove.  A buffalo skeleton was found beside the ‘Buffalo Creek,’ as it soon became called.”  Eventually the words “Buffalo Creek” became “Buffalo Grove” as they liked to graze in the area.

Aside from the downtown area which is centered around the intersection of Buffalo Grove Road and Lake-Cook Road, Buffalo Grove served as a key farming community. The community gained a special reputation for supplying milk, cheese, and other dairy products to Chicago.  By 1926, the Public Service Company of Northern Illinois offered electric power to the area farms, and by 1930, Dundee Road (the first concrete road in northern Illinois) was built in south Buffalo Grove.

Helping encourage further growth into Lake County in the late 1990’s was the extension of Buffalo Grove Road past McHenry Road. Today, Buffalo Grove Road ends at U.S. Route 45 in Vernon Hills. In the late 1980s, Buffalo Grove created the Town Center retail development along McHenry Road north of Lake-Cook Road.

Today Buffalo Grove features several golf courses and pools, over 50 park and recreational facilities, and half a dozen tennis courts.  Notable people include Megan Bozek, Ice hockey player; Ali Cobrin, actress (Kara in American Reunion); Ronald Goldman, victim in the O. J. Simpson murder case; Brett Lebda, Defenseman for the Columbus Blue Jackets; Vince Vaughn, actor; ; Sidney Mathias, state representative; Dickey Simpkins, retired Forward/Center for the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks; and Andy Wozniewski, defense hockey player in the NHL and NLA.

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