Zimmer Tavern

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Zimmer Tavern is building #45. The south section is a recent addition to the original building of two stories built as the Zimmer Tavern and Wagon Shop circa 1849. It was issued one of Lake County's first liquor licenses, and claims to be the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Illinois. Its grandfather clock is from the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and its bar was rescued from the "Great McCormick Place Fire" of 1967. During prohibition times, the tavern became an ice cream parlor. In 1962, one of the matriarchs of modern Long Grove, Norma Sales, took over ownership of the tavern and transitioned it to the family friendly atmosphere it has today. Further down the same side of the street as the tavern and adjoining the Tavern Parking lot was formerly a residence of one of the Zimmer family. If you look further down the road, towards Kildeer School, you'll notice a large gravel parking lot next to the Hotel Building. Press NEXT STOP for information on what used to stand on this vacant lot.
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