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Welcome to Northbrook


The Village of Northbrook is more than just another North Shore suburb; it is a diverse community that has managed to grow, thrive, and yet remain totally unique in the Chicagoland area. It doesn’t matter if one is looking for a place to visit, shop—or even relocate to—there are plenty of reasons that Northbrook is a great spot to be.

Accessibility is a major perk here. Northbrook is located just 25 miles from Chicago and commuter rail service makes the trip a breeze for those who work downtown. Both O’Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway International Airport are a short distance away. Those who prefer to drive will find that the Edens Expressway (I-94), the Edens Spur, and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) offer a convenient way to travel. These factors make Northbrook an easy place to visit as well.

People who enjoy shopping will appreciate the fact that Northbrook Court offers well over a hundred stores ranging from Nieman Marcus and Lord & Taylor, to Apple and Ralph Lauren. The Village is also home to several Fortune 500 companies, including Allstate, Underwriters Laboratories, and Sky Harbor Industrial Park, which has more than 700 businesses located within its boundaries. This makes for a strong backbone of service-related, manufacturing, and light-industrial companies that all contribute to the vitality of the Village.

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There are a wide range of religious organizations in the area. Many of them have come together under the umbrella of the Northbrook Clergy Association. Rabbi Helbraun of Temple Beth El, a past President of this organization, reflects on its ability to bring people of different faiths together. “This organization really began because the congregations wanted to join and serve, both in the community and beyond.”

The group sponsors an interfaith Thanksgiving service each year and has been involved in countless local and national projects, including relief for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The diversity of Northbrook’s residents is not limited to their choice of worship. There are many different ethnicities that make up the community as well. The Village is located in an attractive area, which is a draw for a multitude of different reasons. According to Ray Wehr, the Chair of the Community Relations Commission, “If you just take a quick drive through the Village you might think it’s just your average North Shore suburb, but when you live here you really get to see all of the diversity and multicultural flavor.” Wehr continued, “When I walk out to get my mail, I can see my neighbors, who are Russian, Japanese, and Korean. There are people on my block from Columbia and from Ecuador as well.”

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Wehr explained that there are two main factors that reflect the diversity present within the Village, and one is the schools. “We have an extremely solid educational system—and it has a very global focus,” he stated.

The other reason Wehr points to is a bit more abstract, but every bit as important. “Northbrook is a very open, inviting community.”

There is a unique mixture of aspects that make Northbrook stand out as a North Shore gem, so it can be difficult to pinpoint each and every one of them. Still, the location, diversity, and sense of community are all important factors that have helped make the Village what it is today.

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