Around Poplar Grove

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Poplar Grove is named after a grove of poplar trees that dominated the land before development in the area. Perhaps one of the best qualities of this small town is the nature that surrounds it; Poplar Grove has many recreational paths and parks, allowing its residents and visitors the chance to take advantage of the outdoors and abundant fresh air. With nearby museums, parks, and activities, residents have a number of outings and entertainment to choose from here.

Cost of Living

The growing community of Poplar Grove tends to be an affordable place to live, and the cost of living in Poplar Grove is below both the Illinois and national average. Home prices are also lower compared to both the state and country averages, allowing residents more flexibility in choosing home style, design, and size.


Poplar Grove is along IL-76 and IL-173, two major roads that allow the community access to I-90. Travelers can take I-90 to Chicago, Madison, or Milwaukee, or nearby towns like Rockford, Roscoe, or Rockton. The nearest Metra train station is 12 miles away in Harvard, Illinois, and connects the community with downtown Chicago.

The local Poplar Grove Airport is another vital part of the community and offers transportation and services to Poplar Grove residents, including flight lessons and aircraft maintenance.


Schooling in Poplar Grove is serviced by North Boone Community Unit School District 200, serving over 1700 students K-12 in the district area. Included in this district are Poplar Grove Elementary, Manchester Elementary, Capron Elementary, North Boone Upper Elementary, North Boone Middle School, and North Boone High School, most of which are rated average to above average by GreatSchools.


While Poplar Grove itself is a quaint and relaxed community, there are attractions within a few miles in every direction. Just six miles east of the town is McEachran Homestead Winery, considered a wine tasting destination for both residents and those visiting from out of town. The winery hosts events, outdoor summer music, and weddings, and offers tastings of their cold-climate grape and seasonal fruit wines.

Ten miles to the west of Poplar Grove is Rock Cut, a large Northern Illinois state park offering beautiful hiking trails, fishing docks, canoe and kayak rentals, and multiple campgrounds. Also nearby is Lions Park, offering a playground, sports fields, and walking trails, and located in neighboring Winnebago is Edwards Apple Orchard West, a popular family destination featuring apple and pumpkin picking, tractor rides, and apple-inspired sweets.


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