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Northfield - Known for its oversized lots, most homeowners enjoy immense privacy and have the land to create the perfect playspace! Northfield is the westernmost community of the five main North Shore towns that feed into New Trier High School (NB-small parts of Glenview and Northbrook also feed to NTHS). If you're looking for land, this is the town for you! These are the homes most likely to have tennis courts, pools, sport courts and even an ATV or two! With 3.21 square miles and 2,381 homes, Northfield is just 14 miles from O' Hare and 20 miles from the Chicago Loop. Residents find they get the best of both worlds - they enjoy a comfortable lifestyle yet remain connected to the energy of downtown Chicago.
In short, Northfield provides a comfortable, casual, laid-back idyllic suburban lifestyle just a short commute from Chicago.
Northfield By The Numbers
Population - 5,422
Median Age - 50
Average Home Sales Price - $895,563
Units Sold for 2019 - 75
Average Household Income - $120,125
The vast majority of kids attend Sunsert Ridge, District 29 schools. Middlefork School services grades K-3 while the newly constructed 70,000 square foot state-of-the-art Sunset Ridge School services grades 4-8. WIth its smaller sized classrooms (just 300 kids at Sunset Ridge), the staff prides itself on working tirelessly to know and understand each child in order to create an academic experience that meet the needs of every learner. The full gamut of extra-curricular activities is also offered. The tiniest portion of Northfield kids, living just south of Winnetka Avenue, attend Glenview Schools, District 34. These students attend Lyon for K-2, Pleasant Ridge for grades 3-5, Attea for grades 6-8 and Glenbrook South for High School. Another small portion of Northfield, the easternmost part of town, attend Avoca Schools in District 37. Avoca is another school district known for its small size, personal attention and award-winning education. Students from Winnetka, Wilmette, Glenview and Northbrook all feed to Avoca District Shools and ultimately, New Trier High School. In addition to top notch academic instruction, Northfield schools offer tremendous resources for students including both interscholastic and intramural sports and clubs. Here is the Illinois State Report Card for Northfield Schools.
Most Northfield schools feed into the nationally-recognized New Trier High School, located in neighboring Winnetka, Illinois. Town and Country Magazine once defined New Trier as "quite possibly the best public school in America". New Trier has also been featured in Life, the New York Times. the Washington Post and Parade Magazine for its excellence. It also has been featured in many films. Here’s the Profile of New Trier High School’s Class of 2019 and some additional statistics about the 2019 class.
For early education, there are many excellent private options such as Northfield Community Nursery School, Christian Heritage Academy, Glenview Montessori School and Winnetka Covenant Preschool. Northfield offers before school care programs for children attending Northfield Community Nursery school. Northfield also offers before and after school recreation programs open to all Middlefork School students (K-3). Programs run every day that school is in session, including early dismissal days.
From Debate Team to Basketball, each grade school offers a diverse collection of extracurricular and after school activities. The school’s PTA/PTO website should provide further details about these programs. Additionally, the Northfield Park District offers enrichment activities, as well as other private operators such as Our Music Institute, Berry Scuba & Swim School and Power of the Golf Ball.
Several excellent private schools in the area service K-8 students. These include Baker Demonstation School, North Shore Country Day, and Faith, Hope and Charity. For high school, Loyola Academy, North Shore Country Day and Regina Dominican offer additional top-notch educational opportunities.
The Northfield - Chicago Commute
Residents have many options for their daily commute. While most residents work out of Chicago, many also work in the adjacent northwestern suburbs, home to several major corporate headquarters.
Northfield residents use both the Winnetka train station located on Elm and Green Bay in Winnetka and the Glenview train station located on Depot street in Glenview. Monthly passes average about $121. Visit www.metrarail.com for train schedules and details.
Pace Bus service is available to the city as well as to neighboring communities. Many of the area high school students prefer to use Pace for their school transportation needs.
Many residents choose to drive the approximate 19 miles in and out of the city for work. In warmer weather, cyclist enthusiasts can follow the Green Bay Trail along the lakefront and bike to work! Utilizing the city’s extensive biking resources like the McDonald’s Cycle Center (parking, service and shower facilities), as well as the city’s vast network of bike lanes and racks, cycling to work has never been more enjoyable or easier.
Despite its small size, Northfield has a robust park district with many excellent facilities and vast amounts of green space and playing fields. Northfield has 3 primary parks to enjoy: Clarkson, Fox Meadow and Willow. The Northfield Community Center offers a community fitness center, open gym basketball and a conference center. Pickle ball has become very popular with Northfield residents and they have an opportunity to play both indoors and outdoors.
Not only does Northfield share a zip code with Winnetka, they also share many resources. Northfield residents can take advantage of the neighboring Winnetka park district facilities. The Winnetka Park District offers sports opportunities including the Winnetka Golf Club, a local 18-hole golf course and fun par 3 course. The A.C. Nielsen Tennis center is a year-round center that offers 12 outdoor and 8 indoor tennis course and instruction. Winnetka Ice Arena is open year-round for hockey and figure skaters of all ages and abilities. Each has its own website listed above. There is also a paddle tennis facility and is one of the only public facilities of its kind in the Midwest featuring 6 outdoor heated and lighted course and state of art paddle hut facility. Sunset Ridge Country Club is also a highly esteemed club offering the full gamut of recreational and social activities.
In nearby Glencoe, explore the Chicago Botanic Gardens for its 27 gardens and 385 acres of natural beauty. All year round, the Botanic Gardens offer programs, classes, and casual garden strolls for people of all ages. There are 9 laboratories in which scientists and graduate students conduct plant research and its Lenhardt Library has over 150,000 volumes of books. Enjoy the stunning architecture, wildlife, and exhibits, followed by a quick bite at the Garden View Cafe.
If your family is looking for an adventurous day of kayaking or hiking, visit the Skokie Lagoons, a Cook County Forest Preserve located in Glencoe and Winnetka. One can find canoe and kayak rentals, fishing spots, hiking trails, and plenty of points to stop and enjoy the lagoon.
During the winter, Northfield offers outdoor skating (both figure and hockey) at Clarkson Park.
Northfield Arts & Culture
The Winnetka - Northfield Public library district is a community resource for the advancement of knowledge and a provider of innovated and informative cultural enrichment for all ages.
Music Institute of Chicago (located in Winnetka and Evanston) is one of the oldest and most respected music schools in the nation. If your child wants to play in the #1 orchestra in Illinois, they can audition for the Midwest Youth Artist Conservatory or MYAC (located in Highwood). The MYAC was named the 2019 Youth Orchestra of the Year by the Illinois Orchestra Association. North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, in nearby Skokie, is a world class center hosting many of the hottest live performing acts in the country. For outdoor music, Ravinia Park is legendary. Only a brief train ride (and a packed picnic lunch complete with wine) separates Wilmette residents from a night of al fresco dining under twinkling stars while enjoying live musical performances to the likes of Sting, Train and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Of course, a trip to the city or to downtown Evanston opens a whole host of other recreation and entertainment options.
Northfield has become the dining destination on the North Shore. Happ Inn attracts a loyal following for it’s all American food and lively bar. Three Tarts Bakery is known for awesome baked good and delightful breakfast and lunch menu. Taco Nano attracts diners from all over for its authentic Mexican menu. Don’t miss Northshore Pizza Company new to Northfield. Stormy's has been a Northfield staple for a great sports bar and casual food. A hidden gem is Northfield Restaurant for breakfast and lunch. Tapas Gitana is a popular neighborhood haunt offering Spanish small plates and paella plus an outdoor patio. U Dawg U has been attracting New Trier students with awesome hotdogs and extensive menu. PNS Noodle Shop is a city chain that is popular with Northfield residents.
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