The completed waterline from Lake Michigan to the water treatment plant helped the community flourish.

Welcome to Northbrook

One of Chicago’s top-rated villages with a dense suburban feel and inviting community.

The Northbrook community extends back to the 1800s when the Potawatomi tribe under Chief Shabbona called the area home. In 1833, they ceded their land and relocated, making way for Joel Sterling Sherman to purchase 159 acres of what is now one of the town’s most notable business districts. 

Northbrook flourished as a pastoral settlement over the next few decades, particularly in the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire. However, it was not until 1923 that Northbrook took its name and then rapidly evolved post-WWII. The completed waterline from Lake Michigan to the water treatment plant helped the community grow even more until it became the expansive, distinguished community it’s known as today.

What to Love

  • Family-friendly
  • Great shopping
  • Preserved wilderness
  • Techny Prairie Park and Fields
  • Inclusive community

People & Lifestyle 

Northbrook is primarily home to families and professionals. Most residents' median income lies between $100,000 to $200,000, with homes worth over $600,000 on average. As Northbrook blossomed into a large community, it has an estimated population of 33,170, with each household tending to have at least 2 to 3 people. Young families love the integrated and united feel of the town, while entrepreneurs love the area for its proximity to Downtown Chicago.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Typically when you hear the words “chic” and “upscale” together, it means complicated food items with unfamiliar menu choices. That’s not the case at Prairie Grass Cafe, which is swanky but serves old-fashioned American cuisine with subtle twists to make them original with a unique flair. 

If you’re after something more intimate, Francesco’s Hole in the Wall lives up to its name. Setting apart this traditional Italian restaurant from others is its handwritten dry erase board menu. 

Unlike Francesco’s cozier vibe, Francesca’s is perfect for anyone desiring a posh experience in a fine-dining atmosphere. Serving authentic Italian dishes in a sophisticated environment, Francesca’s North has plenty to love.

Twice daily, staff members refresh the menu, ensuring it hinges upon fresh and available ingredients. Their three types of ravioli—spinach, mushroom, and asparagus—are among their most popular dishes, served with fresh mozzarella and tomato. They also regularly offer Osso Buccu and cannolis for dessert. 

For a night out with friends, Landmark Inn is a perfect choice. A casual tavern atmosphere serving classic comfort food, the building itself is considered a Northbrook landmark since it was erected in 1885. A cornerstone in the community, dining at the Landmark Inn should top your to-do list.

Things to Do

Techny Prairie Park and Fields is an outdoor lover’s dream come true. It’s 100 acres of pure recreation, with batting cages, hiking trails, fishing spots, fields, shops, and even a well-maintained nine-hole golf course. 

Established in 2004, the park’s Trail Through Time was created from a restored prairie and multiple wetlands. An ecologically preserved area, this natural history walk is designed to educate residents on how the early settlers lived amongst the wilderness.

Sometimes it’s challenging to find something inexpensive to do with a large family. Luckily, River Trail Nature Center offers free exhibits, walking trails, and onsite nature educators to create an informative and engaging experience for kids of all ages. They can make maple syrup, go on a hike, meet an owl, or have fun in the play areas.

Like most communities, Northbrook has its own distinct holiday events. During the fall, kids love participating in the Pumpkinfest held at Indian Ridge Park. Festivities include pumpkin decorating, creating scarecrows, and children can even take home a treat bag! 

Adults like to volunteer in the Halloween 3K Fun Run, although families are welcome, too! Dress up in costume, make your way through a themed course, and then take part in a candy count and costume contest with awards and prizes. The event is held at the Techny Prairie Park and Fields

During Christmas, residents and children ages three and up (with an adult) can participate in a Gingerbread Workshop at the Leisure Center—a building reserved for community recreation and special events—or at home.


Northbrook is served by multiple elementary school districts, including 27, 28, 30, and 31. Greenbriar High School in District 28 is particularly popular thanks to its nurturing and trusting environment. Glenbrook High School is a leading upper-grade institution, while Oakton Community is the local college offering associate degrees and continuing education. 

Notable private schools:

  • St. Norbert Catholic School
  • The Cove School
  • Solomon Schechter
  • Countryside Montessori School


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