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  • The Galloping Ghost Arcade, the largest video arcade in the United States with over 500 video and pinball games.
  • North Kiwanis Park is a major area for many annual events such as German Fest, Fall Fest, Battle of the Bands, the Brookfield 4 July Parade, etc.
  • The Brookfield oak savannas are the town's most natural and beautiful place, with extreme amounts of animal and plant species living next door to everyone else.
  • The Grossdale Train Station, built in the 1880s, is the oldest structure in Brookfield, being there since before the city was founded.
  • Salt Creek flows through many suburbs and is a tributary to the Des Plaines River. The creek is wide and long, with gentle, murky water, good fishing, and vast amounts of wildlife.
  • Jaycee Ehlert Park is the largest park in Brookfield. It was home to Brookfield's renowned carnival known as "Brookfest" before it was cancelled in the mid-2000s due to various gang fights and firework malfunctions.

Notable people

  • William L. Blaser, Illinois state representative and businessman
  • Milt Bocek, former outfielder of the Chicago White Sox
  • Douglas Campbell, Green Party candidate from Michigan
  • Michael Colgrass, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer
  • Jim Holvay, guitarist/songwriter for the band The Mob, known for four hit songs written for The Buckinghams ("Kind of a Drag," "Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song)," "Don't You Care," and "Susan")
  • Jumex, a rapper raised in Brookfield
  • Tom Kondla, basketball player with the Minnesota Pipers and Houston Mavericks of the American Basketball Association
  • Joy Layne, 1950s pop singer
  • George Marsh, Medal of Honor recipient during the American Civil War, born and enlisted in Brookfield
  • Lou Saban, football player and coach for several college and professional teams
  • Allen C. Skorepa, lichenologist

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