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Northbrook, Illinois

Northbrook is a suburb located at the northern edge of Cook County. Following the Chicago fire of 1871, brick replaced wood as a construction material. At the time, a farm near present-day Lake Cook Road and Waukegan Road was found to have great clay soil for brickmaking. Thus, the National Brick Company and the Illinois Brick Company began their businesses in Northbrook. These brick makers even went as far as establishing their own residential settlement that became known as Bach Town. In 1872, after the construction of a single train track, the Chicago Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad began to haul the bricks to the city for rebuilding. Then, two decades later, in 1892, a second track was added. Between 1915 and 1920, brick production had peaked. There were about 300,000 bricks being manufactured a day. The brick companies closed by the 1950s. The village changed its name to Northbrook in 1923 as an effort to improve its public image after being known as Shermerville, named in honor of Frederick Schermer, who donated the land for its first train station. There are several large companies in Northbrook that have contributed to the village’s tax base. These include Allstate, United Parcel, Underwriters Laboratories, and even the shopping mall, Northbrook Court. Northbrook’s population is about 33,400.

40 minutes to Chicago Loop 

20 minutes to O’Hare Airport 

50 minutes to Midway Airport

Distance to Downtown

19 miles

Northbrook is located at the northern edge of Cook County and is bordered by Glenview, Northfield, and Deerfield. The Milwaukee District North Line stops in Northbrook.

Northbrook Court, located on Lake Cook Road is Northbrook’s main shopping mall. The mall’s main department stores include Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, and Neiman Marcus. There are also many restaurants in Northbrook Court including, Di Pescara, Claim Company, P.F. Chang’s, Stir Crazy, and California Pizza Kitchen. There is also another mall in Northbrook off of Lake Cook Road called Village Square of Northbrook with stores like Nordstrom Rack, Saks Off Fifth, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and DSW. Other restaurants worth checking out include Francesco’s Hole in the Wall for some great authentic Italian food and House 406, a stylish New American steakhouse.

The Lakefront provides the setting for an endless array of activities, from swimming and boating to bike trails and jogging paths. The nearby Lincoln Park Zoo, the Art Institute, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Adler Planetarium, and the Shedd Aquarium promote fun and learning for all ages.

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