The Village of Northbrook combines a strong diversification of employment in industry, commercial and office development with its residential, educational, recreational and cultural amenities. The result is a thriving local economy with first-class services for both its businesses and residents. Furthermore, Northbrook is able to provide a high level of government services while maintaining a relatively low municipal tax rate because of the Village's broad based source of revenue.
This region north of Chicago provides residents with a constant reminder of how surreal the world is when nature is not disturbed by industry. The Northbrook Park District is listed as one of the top reasons families desire to move to this suburban Chicago community. In fact, the District has won many national and statewide awards for its programs and activities. The District was also the first park district in the United States to be accredited by the National Recreation and Park Association.
The parks within Northbrook serve as a community gathering point where various cultures and traditions pleasantly blend into one. Together, the parks combine to offer a full performing arts program as well as a comprehensive visual arts program. There is an early childhood and preschool center along with an extensive network of before and after school programs scattered throughout the Village, supporting children from all neighborhoods. There are two outdoor aquatic centers as well as a nationally recognized figure skating program for tomorrow's potential world-class athletes. There are also numerous athletic and fitness sporting leagues for people of all ages and skill levels to join in addition to three golf courses and a cycling Velodrome. For senior citizens, the park district has established a senior enrichment program with weekly activities. All in all, the parks afford residents a safe place to learn and play while aesthetically enhancing the overall appearance of the Village and its many surrounding communities.
The earliest recorded residents to this area were the Potawatomi tribe under Chief Shabbona. In 1833, the tribe ceded their land in Illinois and relocated near Council Bluffs, Iowa. Joel Sterling Sherman and his family arrived shortly thereafter and bought 159 acres of land now serving as the site for the Northbrook Central Business District. By the 1870s the region was a farm town with well-established brickyards that prospered financially during the rebuilding that followed the great Chicago fire in October 1871. In 1901, following a close referendum, the town was incorporated as Shermerville with about 60 homes and 311 residents. By 1921, residents felt that the Shermerville name had a bad reputation and after a contest, the new name of Northbrook was officially adopted in 1923.
Still, neither village grew very rapidly until after World War II when subdivisions of homes were first developed to accommodate the numerous amounts of young men returning from the European and Japanese theatres. Another growth spurt was stimulated in 1963 by the completion of a pipeline to bring Lake Michigan water to a water treatment plant in Northbrook. By 1970, the residential, civic and business sectors of Northbrook were prospering. Retail stores were sprouting up everywhere and more and more people moved into the Village's many subdivisions.
Fortunately, local residents do not have to wander far from home to find exquisite cuisine, regional entertainment, and enthusiastic nightlife within this ever-growing economy. However, when occasion calls for recreation on a grander scale, Chicago and all its excitement is just a short drive away down Route 94. Home to the Chicago Bulls, Cubs and Bears, steakhouses, rib joints and nightclubs, Chicago is the cure for the boredom blues. So, whether one ventures into the city to attend a sporting event, see the opera, shop or dine, the task is an easy one to accomplish with little fuss. This convenience makes such a trip enjoyable and is one of the many reasons why living within the community of Northbrook is satisfying to its residents.
If convenience, mixed with an impeccable school system, a comprehensive and diverse job market, a superior parks and recreation department, and a highly developed public transportation network sounds attractive, then the village of Northbrook may just be the right place for you and yours to call home.