Located just 25 miles north of downtown Chicago, Northbrook is one of the most vibrant communities on Chicago’s North Shore and an ideal place to live, work, shop and play. The Village is graced with a diverse business community, top-rated schools, outstanding recreational facilities, and civic-minded residents who work tirelessly to bring together world class amenities while maintaining the area’s small-town charm. See our Digital Community Resource Guide for detailed information about life in Northbrook.
Among the global companies that call Northbrook home are Crate & Barrel, UL, Bell Flavors & Fragrances, and Wiss Janney Elstner Associates. More than 700 manufacturing, light industrial and service-related businesses are clustered in Northbrook’s Sky Harbor Industrial Park and our strong retail community is anchored by major shopping centers including Northbrook Court, Willow Festival, and Village Square on Skokie Boulevard. Northbrook boasts several unique advantages— easy access to all modes of transportation, the only offshore community with a direct water connection to Lake Michigan, an AAA bond rating from Moody’s and a Class 2 Insurance rating.
Northbrook welcomes new businesses and strives to maintain a supportive climate where they can thrive and grow. The Northbrook Chamber is here to help by connecting businesses with the appropriate resources, whether it’s the Village of Northbrook planning staff to answer a zoning question, a commercial realtor to locate the right space, or business mentors to provide new entrepreneurs with advice.
From kindergarten through high school, Northbrook’s award-winning school districts provide outstanding educational opportunities. Residents attend elementary school districts 27, 28, 30, or 31, which feed into Glenbrook High School District 225. Students at all levels consistently score above average on standardized tests including the Prairie State Achievement Examination, ACT and SAT. A wide array of academic and co-curricular programs provide a well-rounded environment.
Convenient transportation is one of Northbrook’s most notable attributes. The community has immediate access to the tri-state tollway (I-294) and the Edens expressway (I-94), and is served by the Metra commuter rail to Chicago’s Union Station. O’Hare International Airport is 17 miles southwest of the Village and easily accessible via I-294.
Northbrook enjoys exceptional parks and recreational facilities for all ages managed by the Northbrook Park District, including two golf courses, two outdoor aquatic centers, the Techny Prairie Recreation Center, a community theater, senior center, ice rinks, a velodrome, and much more. Residents discover a wealth of programming as well as a massive collection of books, media, and resources in the bright and welcoming Northbrook Public Library on Cedar Lane near downtown.