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Northbrook, Illinois
Location of Northbrook in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Northbrook in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Township Northfield
Incorporated 1901
 • Type Council–manager
 • Total 13.30 sq mi (34.46 km2)
 • Land 13.24 sq mi (34.29 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.17 km2)  0.45%
 • Total 35,222
 • Density 2,660.27/sq mi (1,027.12/km2)
Demonym(s) Northbrookian
Standard of living (2009-11)
 • Per capita income $51,719
 • Median home value $519,000
ZIP code(s)
60062, 60063
Area code(s) 847 & 224
Geocode 53481
FIPS code 17-53481

Northbrook is a suburb of Chicago, located at the northern edge of Cook County, Illinois, United States, on the border of Lake County. Per the 2020 census, the population was 35,222.

When incorporated in 1901, the village was known as Shermerville in honor of Frederick Schermer, who donated the land for its first train station. The village changed its name to Northbrook in 1923 as an effort to improve its public image. The name was chosen because the West Fork of the North Branch of the Chicago River runs through the Village.

Glenbrook North High School, founded in 1952 as Glenbrook High School, is located in Northbrook. The village is also home to the Northbrook Park District, founded in 1927, Northbrook Court shopping mall, the Ed Rudolph Velodrome, the Chicago Curling Club, and the Northbrook Public Library.


Members of the Potawatomi tribe were the earliest recorded residents of the Northbrook area. In 1833 the Potawatomi ceded their Illinois lands and moved to a place near Council Bluffs, Iowa. Afterwards Joel Sterling Sherman and his family bought 159 acres (64 ha) of land in the northwest quarter of Section 10 for $1.25 per acre; as of 2010 Northbrook's downtown is located on this site. A man named Frederick Schermer donated the land used for the first railroad station, named Schermer Station and later Shermer Station; the community was named Shermerville after him. By the 1870s Shermerville was a farming community. In 1901 the community was incorporated as the Village of Shermerville after a close referendum for incorporation. At the time of incorporation it had 311 residents and 60 houses. In these early years, Shermerville became notorious for rowdy gatherings at its five saloons; by 1921, therefore, residents believed that the name "Shermerville" had a negative reputation and sought to change it. A renaming contest was held, and a man named Edward Landwehr submitted the name "Northbrook". In 1923 "Northbrook", the winner, was adopted; at the time Northbrook had 500 residents. After the end of World War II, Northbrook's population began to rapidly increase. Between 1950 and 1980, the town's population rose from 3,319 to 30,735.


Northbrook is located at 42°7′45″N 87°50′27″W / 42.12917°N 87.84083°W / 42.12917; -87.84083 (42.129226, −87.840715).

According to the 2010 census, Northbrook has a total area of 13.255 square miles (34.33 km2), of which 13.19 square miles (34.16 km2) (or 99.51%) is land and 0.065 square miles (0.17 km2) (or 0.49%) is water.

Climate data for Northbrook, Illinois
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 30
Average low °F (°C) 14
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.89


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 441
1920 554 25.6%
1930 1,193 115.3%
1940 1,265 6.0%
1950 3,348 164.7%
1960 11,635 247.5%
1970 25,422 118.5%
1980 30,778 21.1%
1990 32,308 5.0%
2000 33,435 3.5%
2010 33,170 −0.8%
2020 35,222 6.2%
U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts

2020 census

Northbrook village, Illinois – Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 27,892 26,998 84.09% 76.65%
Black or African American alone (NH) 201 257 0.61% 0.73%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 8 16 0.02% 0.05%
Asian alone (NH) 3,869 5,746 11.66% 16.31%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 4 2 0.01% 0.01%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 25 79 0.08% 0.22%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 343 922 1.03% 2.62%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 828 1,202 2.50% 3.41%
Total 33,170 35,222 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.

2010 Census

Demographics (2010)
Demographic Proportion
White 86.1%
Black 0.6%
Asian 11.7%
Islander 0.01%
Native 0.04%
Other 1.6%
(any race)

As of the census of 2010, there were 33,170 people, 12,642 households, and 9,522 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,514.8 people per square mile (971.0/km2). There were 13,434 housing units at an average density of 1,018.5 per square mile (392.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 86.1% White, 0.6% African American, 0.04% Native American, 11.7% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.4% some other race, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.

There were 12,642 households, out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.3% were headed by married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.7% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.6% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57, and the average family size was 3.03.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 23.5% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 17.0% from 25 to 44, 32.2% from 45 to 64, and 22.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48.0 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.0 males.

For the period 2009–11, the estimated median annual income for a household in the village was $103,053, and the median income for a family was $166,083. Male full-time workers had a median income of $97,459 versus $54,970 for females. The per capita income for the village was $51,719. About 4.1% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.


The North Shore is known for having many Jews. Indeed, Northbrook and its neighbors are home to many synagogues and the local high school offers Hebrew as a language course.

Northbrook is home to The Islamic Cultural Center of Greater Chicago.

Society of the Divine Word formerly housed their North American headquarters in Northbrook's Techny Towers. They constructed the Towers for St. Joseph's Technical School, which they established in 1901 and operated for twelve years. Techny's name is derived from this school. St. Mary's Mission Seminary, the first of its kind which prepared priests and Brothers for foreign missions, was opened by the Divine Word Missionaries in 1909.

Techny Towers

Parks and recreation

The Northbrook Park District, headquartered in Northbrook, operates recreational facilities. The 17.25-square-mile (44.7 km2) park district, formed in June 1927, serves all of Northbrook and some unincorporated areas within Cook County. The park district lies within the townships of Northfield and Wheeling.



Northbrook is connected to Chicago's transportation network.


Major Roads:

  • I-94.svg Edens Expressway
  • I-294.svg Tri-State Tollway
  • US 41.svg Skokie Highway
  • US 45.svg Illinois 21.svg Milwaukee Avenue
  • Illinois 43.svg Waukegan Rd
  • Illinois 68.svg Dundee Road
  • Lake Cook Rd
  • Sanders Road
  • Landwehr Road
  • Pfingsten Road
  • Skokie Boulevard
  • Sunset Ridge Road
  • Cherry Lane/Church Street
  • Walters Avenue
  • Techny Road
  • Willow Road
  • Shermer Road

18 roads in Northbrook were named after pioneer settlers. These roads include: Bach St, Dehne Rd, Happ Rd, Holste Rd, Huehl Rd, Kiest Ave, Koehling Rd, Landwehr Rd, Lee Rd, Lorenz Dr, Pfingsten Rd, Sanders Rd, Sherman Dr, Shermer Dr, Voltz Rd, Walters Ave, Wessling Dr, Winkelman Rd.

Transit Systems

Northbrook Station
Shermer Road Northbrook Metra Station

Northbrook is linked to downtown Chicago by rail through Metra's Milwaukee District/North Line which has the Shermer Road station. Just across the village's northern border lies Lake Cook Road in Deerfield.

Pace buses serve Northbrook.

For elderly or disabled residents, Northbrook offers Paratransit in the form of a subsidized taxi program. Northfield Township, which Northbrook lies in, has an identical program called "Dial-a-Ride".


Northbrook is located 17 miles away from O'Hare International Airport, 33 miles away from Midway Airport, and just five minutes away from the Chicago Executive Airport. Other major regional airports within driving distance include Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport, Chicago Rockford International Airport, and Waukegan National Airport.

From 1929 to 1973 Northbrook was home to Sky Harbor Airport. Today the area it sat on has been transformed into Sky Harbor Business Park, which includes a restaurant and an air conditioning business that operate out of the airport's former hangar.


Northbrook's government manages water and sewer services.

Electricity is provided by Commonwealth Edison (ComEd).

Internet can be accessed through Comcast or AT&T.

Natural gas is provided by Nicor Gas.

Garbage and recycling services are handled by Waste Management.

The United States Postal Service operates the Northbrook Post Office, the Northbrook Downtown Post Office, and the Techny Post Office.


Northbrook had 15,613 employed civilians as of the 2006–2008 census estimate, including 6,841 females. Of the civilian workers, 12,458 were private for profit wage and salary workers.

The corporate headquarters of Underwriters Laboratories and Crate & Barrel are located in Northbrook, as are the North American headquarters of Astellas, a Japanese pharmaceutical company, and Bell Flavors & Fragrances, an international flavor and fragrance company.

Allstate's headquarters are in a nearby area in Northfield Township. In 2021, the company announced it would sell the property.

Top employers

According to Northbrook's 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the village are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Allstate 8,750
2 Underwriters Laboratories 2,000
3 NorthShore Glenbrook Hospital 2,000
4 CVS Caremark 1,400
5 Astellas Pharma US Inc. 1,150
6 Northbrook Court 1,000
7 Glenbrook High School District 225 849
8 Euromarket Designs (Crate & Barrel) 500
9 Hilco Merchant Resources, LLC 400
10 W.W. Grainger, Inc. 350



Public schools

Shabonee School, District 27

Northbrook is served by multiple school districts. The elementary school districts Northbrook School District 27, Northbrook School District 28, Northbrook/Glenview School District 30, and West Northfield School District 31 serve Northbrook and are headquartered in Northbrook. Wheeling Community Consolidated School District 21, headquartered in Wheeling, also serves sections of Northbrook.

District 27 operates three grade-level centers in Northbrook, including Hickory Point School (K-2), Shabonee School (3–5), and Wood Oaks Junior High School (6-8). David Kroeze is the Superintendent. In the past, the district also contained the Grove School (closed in 2011) and Indian Ridge School (closed in 1984), which is now home to the Leisure Center and Indian Ridge Park.

District 28 operates three (K-5) elementary schools, Meadowbrook Elementary School, Greenbriar Elementary School, and Westmoor Elementary School, in Northbrook. Northbrook Junior High School (6-8) is the district's junior high in Northbrook. Formerly operated by District 28, Oaklane School opened in 1957 and closed in 1977.

District 30 operates Wescott School (K-5) in Northbrook and Willowbrook School (K-5) in Glenview, both elementary schools serving Northbrook. Maple Middle School (6-8) in Northbrook is District 30's Junior High.

The portion of Northbrook served by District 31 is served by Winkelman School, an elementary school in Glenview, and Field School, a middle school in Northbrook.

Areas within CCSD 21 are served by two schools, including Walt Whitman School, an elementary school in Wheeling, and Holmes Middle School in Wheeling.

Northfield Township High School District 225 is the high school district serving Northbrook. Glenbrook North High School is located in Northbrook, serving primarily most of Northbrook served completely by the first two districts and some of the next two. Glenbrook South High School is also in District 225, which mainly serves nearby Glenview, the part of District 31 in Northbrook, and is Glenbrook North's main rival school. The western area within Wheeling Community Consolidated School District 21 is served by Township High School District 214, as part of Wheeling High School.

Private schools

  • St. Norbert Catholic School, a K-8 Catholic Grade School, is in Northbrook.
  • The Cove School, a K–12 school for disabled children, is in Northbrook.
  • Solomon Schechter, a K-8 Jewish school, is in Northbrook.
  • Countryside Montessori School, a K-8 private school, is in Northbrook.


Oakton Community College Learning Center (8973165759)
Oakton Community College's Learning Center

Oakton Community College (in Skokie, Des Plaines and other locations) serves Northbrook and surrounding areas.

Public library

Northbrook Public Library is the public library of Northbrook. The library's origins stem from a reading room created by the Citizens' Club of Shermerville. A primary advocate for a library in Northbrook after World War II was Carolyn A. Landwehr, daughter-in-law of Edward Landwehr who had originally suggested the name "Northbrook" for the community. The Northbrook Public Library first opened on June 30, 1952, in space located in the village hall; the first dedicated library building was dedicated in 1954. The northern portion of the current library opened in 1969, and bonds of 1975 and 1997 expanded the current library.

Notable people

Mike Brown 2012-03-07
Mike Brown
Jon Scheyer (cropped)
Jon Scheyer
  • Johnny Seo (born 1995), K-pop artist, member of the K-pop groups NCT 127 and NCT (group)
  • Scott Adsit (born 1965), comedian, cast member of 30 Rock, voiced Baymax in the Disney film Big Hero 6
  • Steve Bartman, namesake of "Bartman incident" from Game 6 of 2003 National League Championship Series
  • Steven D. Binder (born 1971), Hollywood producer and screenwriter
  • Mike Brown (born 1985), right wing for several National Hockey League teams
  • Meg Waite Clayton (born 1959), novelist
  • Chris Collins (born 1974), basketball head coach, Northwestern
  • J. T. Compher (born 1995), center for NHL's Colorado Avalanche
  • Billy Donlon (born 1977), head coach for Wright State Raiders men's basketball 2010-16
  • Han Chae-young (born 1980), actress who primarily stars in South Korean television dramas
  • Luol Deng (born 1985), small forward for NBA's Chicago Bulls
  • Anne Henning (born 1955), Olympic speed skater, 1972 gold medalist
  • Dianne Holum (born 1951), Olympic speed skater, 1972 gold medalist
  • John Hughes (1950–2009), film director and screenwriter
  • Kaskade (born 1971), professional DJ
  • Ken Goldstein (born 1969), documentary director; writer; musician, author of "The Way of the Nerd" book series
  • Krewella, EDM group
  • Jason Kipnis (born 1987), second baseman for MLB's Chicago Cubs
  • Jayson Megna (born 1990), right wing for NHL's Vancouver Canucks
  • Pat Misch (born 1981), pitcher for MLB's San Francisco Giants, New York Mets
  • John Park (born 1988), former American Idol contestant; currently active as a musician in South Korea
  • Kathleen Parker (born 1943), Illinois state senator
  • Scott Sanderson (1955–2019), pitcher with several MLB teams
  • Jon Scheyer (born 1987), American-Israeli All-American basketball player for national champion 2009–10 Duke basketball team, also played for Maccabi Tel Aviv

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