Although having been used as the backdrop for some feature films, Northbrook still manages to give that homely, small town feeling. Among the biggest of communities located on the North Shore, Northbrook is home to corporate headquarters and business districts. To temper the corporate feel, there are residential areas with beautiful parks scattered throughout the community.
Potawatomi Native Americans were the first to settle in Northbrook. Joel Sterling Sherman was the next to take up residence after purchasing in excess of 150 acres. Northbrook became a village in 1901 under the name Schermerville, named after Frederick Schermer, the donor of land used to establish its first rail station. In the year 1923, the name Schermerville was changed and the community is now known as Northbrook.
Offering a great diversity of housing options, Northbrook’s style of home architecture, ranges from contemporary to mid-century ranch in its residential areas. Condominiums and townhouses are also among the choices for those wishing to live in the town.
The community’s educational needs are met by five high-ranking public school districts. The Edens Expressway, a Metra station and the Tri-State Tollway meet the community’s transportation needs.
Home of Northbrook Court, a mall which houses retailers, restaurants and a movie theater the community’s inhabitants are avid fans of recreation, entertainment and shopping. For those who like to get physical, there are well regarded facilities and programs throughout the year available for almost every sport. Not to be forgotten is the yearly Northbrook Days festival, which is yet another opportunity for the residents to have fun.
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