The Village of Brookfield’s population skyrocketed as its train stations and affordable housing lured hard-working Chicagoans to the suburb.
The community continues to thrive today, offering convenient transportation and a variety of amenities and attractions including the acclaimed Brookfield Zoo – one of only two zoos in the Chicagoland area.
Brookfield’s natural beauty includes oak savannas and Salt Creek, a popular destination for residents and visitors alike. Meanwhile, the village offers several restaurants including a second-generation Irish pub, and a video arcade with a collection of over 400 video and pinball games.
Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2018, Brookfield has plenty to celebrate, from the village’s miraculous return from the brink of insolvency in 1947 to being recognized as a top 10 “All American City” by the National Municipal League and Look magazine. Brookfield also pioneered a village manager concept, a model adopted by communities throughout the state.
The village’s original train station is now on the National Register of Historic Places, a block away from the current train station and downtown. The Brookfield Metra station on the BNSF Railway serves commuters heading to Aurora and downtown Chicago.
Students attend the Brookfield-La Grange Elementary School District 95 elementary and middle school. The Riverside Brookfield High School in District 208 serves grades 9-12.