Northbrook, Illinois

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Northbrook, Illinois
Village
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Northbrook is located in Illinois
Northbrook
Northbrook
Coordinates: 42°7′45″N 87°50′27″W / 42.12917°N 87.84083°W / 42.12917; -87.84083Coordinates: 42°7′45″N 87°50′27″W / 42.12917°N 87.84083°W / 42.12917; -87.84083
Country  United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Township Northfield
Incorporated 1901
Government
 • Type Council-manager
 • President Sandy Frum
Area
 • Total 13.26 sq mi (34.3 km2)
 • Land 13.19 sq mi (34.2 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.2 km2)  0.45%
Population (2010)
 • Total 33,170
 • Density 2,514.8/sq mi (971.0/km2)
  Down 0.8% from 2000
Standard of living (2009-11)
 • Per capita income $51,719
 • Median home value $519,000
ZIP code(s) 60062, 60065
Area code(s) 847 & 224
Geocode 53481
Website www.northbrook.il.us
Demographics (2010)[1]
White Black Asian
86.1% 0.6% 11.7%
Islander Native Other Hispanic
(any race)
0.01% 0.04% 1.6% 2.5%

Northbrook is a village located at the northern edge of Cook County, Illinois, United States. It is a North Shore suburb of Chicago. The population was 33,170 at the 2010 census.[1]

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.[citation needed]

Glenbrook North High School, founded in 1953 as Glenbrook High School, is located in Northbrook. The village is also home to Northbrook Court shopping mall, the Ed Rudolph Velodrome, and the Northbrook Public Library.

History[edit]

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. By 1921 residents believed that the name "Shermerville" had a negative reputation. 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.[2]

Geography[edit]

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).[3]

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 13.26 square miles (34.3 km2), of which 13.19 square miles (34.2 km2) (or 99.47%) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) (or 0.45%) is water.[4]

Climate data for Northbrook, Illinois
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 30
(−1)
35
(2)
45
(7)
56
(13)
67
(19)
78
(26)
83
(28)
81
(27)
75
(24)
63
(17)
49
(9)
36
(2)
58.2
(14.4)
Average low °F (°C) 14
(−10)
18
(−8)
28
(−2)
37
(3)
47
(8)
56
(13)
63
(17)
62
(17)
54
(12)
42
(6)
32
(0)
20
(−7)
39.4
(4.1)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.89
(48)
1.56
(39.6)
2.50
(63.5)
3.70
(94)
3.59
(91.2)
3.86
(98)
3.50
(88.9)
4.84
(122.9)
3.24
(82.3)
2.70
(68.6)
3.22
(81.8)
2.20
(55.9)
36.8
(934.7)
Source: Weather.com[5]

Demographics[edit]

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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

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 $124,916. 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.[6]

Notable residents[edit]

See also: Notable alumni of Glenbrook North High School.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Northbrook Village Hall

The Village of Northbrook adopted a council manager form of government after a 1953 referendum. The village's board of trustees includes six trustees and the president; all of them must be residents of Northbrook. The board establishes policies and hires a village manager to operate the day to day business.[9]

As of 2010 Sandra E. Frum is the president, and the trustees are A.C. Buehler III, Kathryn L. Ciesla, Todd A. Heller, James A. Karagianis, Michael W. Scolaro, and Kati B. Spaniak. As of the same year Richard M. Nahrstadt is the village manager and Debra J. Ford is the village clerk.[9]

The United States Postal Service operates the Northbrook Post Office,[10] the Northbrook Downtown Post Office,[11] and the Techny Post Office.[12]

Economy[edit]

St Giles Episcopal Church

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.[13]

The corporate headquarters of Underwriters Laboratories[14] and Crate & Barrel are located in Northbrook, as are the North American headquarters of Astellas, a Japanese pharmaceutical company.

Allstate's headquarters are in a nearby area in Northfield Township.[15][16]

Top employers[edit]

According to Northbrook's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[17] the top employers in the village are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Allstate 5,478
2 Kraft Foods 3,068
3 Baxter International 1,850
4 Walgreens 1,700
5 Underwriters Laboratories 1,600
6 Caremark Rx 1,300
7 Northbrook Court 1,250
8 Northfield Township High School District 833
9 Glenbrook Hospital 820
10 United Parcel Service 800

Films set in Northbrook[edit]

Director John Hughes, a native of Northbrook, used the fictional town of "Shermer" as a setting for several of his films.[7] David Kamp of Vanity Fair said "Hughes's Shermer was partly Northbrook and partly a composite of all the North Shore's towns and neighborhoods—and, by extension, all the different milieus that existed in American suburbia" and that Shermer "was at once an Everytown for every teen and an explicit homage to Hughes's home turf, the North Shore suburbs above Chicago." Hughes and his family moved to Northbrook in 1962, and Hughes attended Glenbrook North High School.[18]

Many parts of Ferris Bueller's Day Off were filmed at Glenbrook North High School in the fall of 1985 with students serving as extras (most of the interior shots, though, were filmed at the shuttered Maine North High School). The water tower upon which is written "Save Ferris" is near the village's public library. The party scene from the film Uncle Buck was filmed at a house in the Highlands neighborhood, on Crabtree Lane. The grocery store scene in She's Having a Baby was filmed at Sunset Foods, and scenes in Ordinary People and Weird Science were shot at the Northbrook Court shopping mall. A small scene from the film Risky Business was shot at a highway ramp off the Edens Expressway.[citation needed]

Some interior shots from the 2005 Harold Ramis-directed film The Ice Harvest were filmed in a revamped commercial building off Commercial Avenue.[citation needed]

Education[edit]

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Public schools[edit]

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.[19][20] Wheeling Community Consolidated School District 21, headquartered in Wheeling,[21] also serves sections of Northbrook.[20][22]

District 27 operates three grade level centers in Northbrook, including Hickory Point School (K-1), Shabonee School (2–5), and Wood Oaks Junior High School. David Kroeze is the Superintendent. (6–8).[23]

District 28 operates three (K-5) elementary schools, Meadowbrook Elementary School, Greenbriar Elementary School, and Westmoor Elementary School, in Northbrook.[24] Northbrook Junior High School (6-8) is the district's junior high in Northbrook.[25]

District 30 operates Wescott School (K-5) in Northbrook and Willowbrook School (K-5) in Glenview, both elementary schools serving Northbrook.[24] Maple Middle School (6-8) in Northbrook is District 30's Junior High.[25]

The portion of Northbrook served by District 31 is served by Winkelman School, an elementary school in Glenview,[24] and Field School, a middle school in Northbrook.[25]

Areas within CCSD 21 are served by two schools,[26] including Walt Whitman School, an elementary school in Wheeling,[27] and Holmes Middle School in Wheeling.[28]

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. Some parts of eastern Northbrook fall in the New Trier High School District.[29]

Private schools[edit]

  • 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.

Public libraries[edit]

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. The library operations were located in the reading room, Shermerville School, and the former village hall before 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.[30]

Parks and recreation[edit]

The Northbrook Park District, headquartered in Northbrook, operates recreational facilities.[31] 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.[32]

The Highwood Braves Red 13/14U team is a youth sponsored baseball team composed mostly of players from Northbrook, IL. The Highwood Braves 13U/14U team is a full-time travel baseball team participating in tournaments and Mid-Suburban Baseball League games. The Highwood Braves program was begun by Mr. Rich Synek of Glenbrook Sports Academy as full-time alternative baseball program designed to improve the competition young athletes receive.[citation needed]

Transportation[edit]

Northbrook is connected to downtown Chicago by Metra's Milwaukee District/North Line, which makes two stops within Northbrook: Northbrook station on Shermer Road, as well as another station at Lake Cook Road.

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Illinois". United States Census. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Average Weather for Northbrook, IL (English)". Retrieved August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics: 2009-2011 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates (DP03): Northbrook village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Singer, Matt. "The Breakfast Club's Newest Member: Kevin Smith." IFC. August 4, 2010. Retrieved on August 10, 2010.
  8. ^ "Jon Scheyer bio - Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site". GoDuke.com. August 24, 1987. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Elected Officials." Village of Northbrook. Retrieved on August 10, 2010.
  10. ^ "Post Office Location – NORTHBROOK." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on August 10, 2010.
  11. ^ "Post Office Location – NORTHBROOK DOWNTOWN." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on August 10, 2010.
  12. ^ "Post Office Location – TECHNY." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on August 10, 2010.
  13. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics: 2006–2008." US Census Bureau. Retrieved on August 23, 2010.
  14. ^ "U.S.A." Underwriters Laboratories. Retrieved on August 10, 2010. "Corporate Headquarters 333 Pfingsten Road Northbrook, IL 60062-2096 ."
  15. ^ "Contact Us." Allstate. Retrieved on August 9, 2010.
  16. ^ "Northbrook village, Illinois." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on August 9, 2010.
  17. ^ "Village of Northbrook CAFR". Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  18. ^ Kamp, David (March 2010). "Sweet Bard of Youth". Vanity Fair. Retrieved February 20, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Northbrook Schools." Village of Northbrook. Retrieved on August 10, 2010.
  20. ^ a b "School Districts' Boundary Map." Village of Northbrook. Retrieved on August 10, 2010.
  21. ^ "Administration Center." Community Consolidated School District 21. Retrieved on August 10, 2010.
  22. ^ "Home." Wheeling Community Consolidated School District 21. Retrieved on August 10, 2010. "Serving parts of Wheeling, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook & Prospect Heights, Illinois." (Sourced from header image)
  23. ^ "[1]." District 27 Website. Retrieved on November 15, 2010.
  24. ^ a b c "Elementary Schools." Village of Northbrook. Retrieved on August 10, 2010.
  25. ^ a b c "Junior High." Village of Northbrook. Retrieved on August 10, 2010.
  26. ^ "Locate Your School." Community Consolidated School District 21. Retrieved on August 10, 2010. Select "Northbrook" as your city. All records display Whitman ES and Holmes MS-->
  27. ^ "Homepage." Walt Whitman Elementary School. Retrieved on August 10, 2010.
  28. ^ "Home." Holmes Middle School. Retrieved on August 10, 2010.
  29. ^ "High School." Village of Northbrook. Retrieved on August 10, 2010.
  30. ^ "Library History." Northbrook Public Library. Retrieved on August 10, 2010.
  31. ^ "Home." Northbrook Park District. Retrieved on August 10, 2010. "545 Academy Drive | Northbrook, IL 60062."
  32. ^ "History/Overview." Northbrook Park District. Retrieved on August 10, 2010.

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