Northbrook Historical Society
1812 Chapel Court
Northbrook, Illinois 60062

Northbrook History Museum
1776 Walters Avenue
Northbrook, Illinois 60062

Sundays 2pm to 4pm
or by appointment

Phone: (847) 498-3404

Artisans at the Inn Shop
1776 Walters Avenue
Northbrook, Illinois 60062

Thursday – Saturday 10am to 4pm
Sundays – 2pm to 4pm

Phone: (847) 498-0884

Hope Union Heritage Center
Archives and Offices
1812 Chapel Court
Northbrook, Illinois 60062

Thursdays 10am-2pm
or by appointment

Phone: (847) 498-3404

All facilities are closed on national holidays.

Upcoming Events

Check the events listed below for details, updates, and relevant forms.

Share Your John Hughes Memories!

Whether your memory was from “Sixteen Candles” filming near Meadowbrook Elementary School,  “Ferris Buehler’s Day Off” filming at Glenbrook North High School, “She’s Having a Baby” filming at Sunset Foods (at the old location across the street), or any of his other movies that contained references to Northbrook, we want to know your story!

Stories involving local memories, including memorabilia and artifacts from the legacy of John Hughes filming in Northbrook, will be added to our collection and presented at our new exhibit.

We look forward to hearing from you via our contact page or by telephone!

Media mentions:

Northbrook group seeks local witnesses to John Hughes’ film history” — Chicago Tribune

“Society Looks to Gather John Hughes Artifacts for Exhibit” — CBS St. Louis (Associated Press)

Also featured in a Fox32 TV Chicago news segment on September 14th, 2016.

Make History Happen!

The Northbrook Historical Society has recently been given the 1892 era church at the corner of Church Street and Chapel Court. There may be no other building in Northbrook that illustrates the history of the Village as completely as the 123-year-old church that remains tucked away just a block from the downtown area.

You can read more about this incredible gift here.

Once we complete the special permit process through the Village we plan on using this building as the Hope Union Heritage Center containing the Louis J. Werhane history library and archives, and the Northbrook Historical Society offices.

Preserved in 1974, the Northfield Inn located at 1776 Walters Avenue will remain as the Northbrook History Museum and the Inn Shop. Both buildings will be visible examples of the Village’s history and the Northbrook Historical Society’s mission:

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.

Please help us preserve this historical treasure for the community by making a tax-deductible donation to the Northbrook Historical Society. For more information please call 847-272-7567.

Donations may be sent to the following:

Hope Union Heritage Center Fund
PO Box 2021
Northbrook, IL 60065-2021

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!

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