Introduction to Northbrook, Illinois
Northbrook, Illinois, in Cook county, is 7 miles NE of Mount Prospect, Illinois (center to center) and 20 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is considered part of the Chicago metropolitan area.
The present day village of Northbrook was originally inhabited by the Pottawatomie Native Americans. Joel Sterling Sherman purchased 159 acres of the land which later became the Northbrook Central Business District. The area was initially named Shermerville after Frederick Schermer who donated land for the construction of the first railroad station. The area was incorporated in 1901. The name was changed to Northbrook in 1923.
Northbrook and nearby Attractions
- River Trail Nature Center
- Highland Park Historical Society Museum
- Friendship Park Conservatory
- The American Toby Jug Museum
- Six Flags Great America
- Chicago Botanic Garden
Things To Do In Northbrook
Northbrook offers approximately 515 acres of parkland. You can visit Northbrook Park, Coast Guard Park, Salceda Park, Estates Tot Lot, Greenfield Park, Indian Ridge Park, and Crestwood Park. The village also organizes several sports and athletic programs at the Northbrook Sports Complex. Leisure hours can also be spent at the Sports Center Ice Rinks, Meadowhill Aquatic Center, Northbrook Climbing Tower, and Anetsberger Golf Course.
Chicago O’Hare International Airport can be reached within a few minutes.
Northbrook Higher Education
Trinity International University and Oakton Community College are nearby.