Though it has served as the backdrop for a number of feature films including "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," many consider Northbrook to be the North Shore's best-kept secret. It is one of the largest communities on the North Shore but maintains a small-town feel. Beautiful parks and residential areas are interspersed with local business districts and corporate headquarters.
Northbrook has some of the most diverse housing options on the North Shore. A variety of neighborhoods offer single-family homes in architectural styles ranging from mid-century ranch to contemporary, while in-town options include recently constructed townhomes and condominiums in every price range.
Two distinct pursuits contribute to the Northbrook lifestyle: shopping and recreation. One of the community’s primary shopping attractions is Northbrook Court, a large regional mall that includes high-end retailers, a movie theater, and many dining options. The town also has an outstanding park district with top-notch facilities and year-round programs for just about every sport from baseball to golf to cycling. Downtown Northbrook is also home to restaurants, shops, and the annual Northbrook Days festival.