The Northbrook Historical Society was organized in December 1973 and Incorporated in March 1974 by residents interested in preserving the history of our Village.  As stated in the bylaws, the purpose of the society is: To discover, collect, preserve and disseminate knowledge, which will establish or illustrate the history of the Village of Northbrook, its exploration, settlement, development and progress.

The Northfield Inn

The Northfield Inn was built circa 1894 at the corner of Shermer and Waukegan roads in unincorporated Northfield Township, hence the name Northfield Inn. The Inn was a well-known stopover on the road between Milwaukee and Chicago until the Bartelme family family purchased the Inn in 1901. They stopped renting rooms and concentrated on the tavern and restaurant business. Bartelme’s Northfield Inn was best was known for the delicious chicken dinners and lemon cream pies served in the dining room. The Inn was moved to its present location in 1975 and is now the home of the Northbrook Historical Society and Northbrook History Museum.

Northbrook Veteran’s Memorial

In 2009, a memorial was built to honor the forty-three Northbrook men who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Learn about the memorial.
To learn more about the forty-three men, please stop in the Northbrook History Museum @ 1776 Walters Avenue.

Photo Albums

The dedication ceremony on Sunday, September 13, 2009

The memorial, as it was built.

The ground-breaking, on Memorial Day, 2009.

Former Historical Society board member Kati Spaniak took some beautiful photos of the 2009 activities and the Memorial dedication. Click here to see the photos. The password is ‘northbrook’.  It is case-sensitive, so please use a lower case first letter in the name of our Village.

Historian’s Corner

Do you live on a street named for a pioneer settler?
Click this link to find out.

Take the Shermerville – Northbrook Quiz to see what you know about our Village’s history.

Northbrook Factoid
Two stores have been in the Village Shopping Center since the beginning: Phillip’s Shoe Clinic and O’Reilly Cleaners.