Note: Due to the ongoing health crisis posed by COVID-19, all of the Northbrook Historical Society’s physical offices, archives, History Museum and Inn Shop are closed until further notice.

Cow Pie Moo-lette

Join us on Sunday, October 18, at 1 p.m for Cow Pie Moo-lette. This popular event returns for the second year. Due to COVID-19, the event has been pre-recorded. The computer-generated square assignments will be determined live that day.

Be sure to tune in to see if your ticket is a winner by watching on Facebook Live to see the pre-recorded video and the live announcement of the winner(s).

Just 289 tickets will be sold for the chance to win up to $1,000. Stop by our offices at 1812 Chapel Court on Thursdays between 10am – 2pm to purchase, or purchase one online using the button below.


COVID-19 has been difficult on all of us. The Museum Industry has been especially hard-hit. Without Shermerfest we are losing our annual fundraiser. Please help us bring these re-imagined fun and safe events to our community by supporting the Northbrook Historical Society.  As Northbrook’s “Keeper of the Stories,” the Historical Society looks forward to hearing from you.  We thank you in advance for helping us continue our vital work.

A Message from Our President

March 13 2020,

The safety of our volunteers and visitors is a top priority for the Northbrook Historical Society. Therefore, the Museum, Heritage Center and the Artisans at the Inn Shop are closed, and will remain so, during the rapidly changing situation surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We are doing this solely out of an abundance of caution and recommendations of social distancing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

We will reassess the situation in 30 days and will reopen at a future date.

If you have a research question, please call (847) 498-3404 or send us an e-mail.

Judy Hughes
President, Northbrook Historical Society

Hope Union Heritage Center

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.

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
1812 Chapel Court
Northbrook, IL 60062

Contact Information & Hours

Mailing Address
Northbrook Historical Society
1812 Chapel Court
Northbrook, Illinois 60062

All facilities are closed on national holidays.

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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