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Welcome to Northfield


Called the cozy corner of the North Shore, Northfield is a small village of only 2.8 square miles. It is a suburb of Chicago and only 20 miles north of the Loop. Once a prairie with lagoons, the village was incorporated in 1927 and has strived to maintain its rural country landscape. 


Northfield’s neighbor to the east is Winnetka, and the two towns share the same Chamber of Commerce. This helps bring the communities together and allows residents of Northfield to benefit by sharing some of the same amenities, like obtaining beach passes to Winnetka’s beaches, which are a ten-minute drive away. 


The village is quieter and more private than the surrounding suburbs. This is partly due to Northfield’s zoning rules which keep commercial enterprises in the eastern part of town. In addition to tranquility, space is also important to residents of Northfield. More than half of the residential properties sit on one-acre lots. 


The style and size of the homes in Northfield vary greatly. Houses range from ranch-style and two-story single-family homes to sizable million-dollar country estates. You never know what gem you will find in Northfield. It even has a house designed by Thomas Roszak made almost entirely of glass.  


What to Love


  • Outstanding schools
  • Scenic landscape
  • Close to the beach
  • Quick commute to the city


Local Lifestyle


Northfield has a country look and feel. It is one of the few areas that allows locals to board their horses on their own property. The people in town are friendly, and many are longtime residents. It is one of those places where everyone knows everyone else, and many take comfort in that.


People are attracted to Northfield because of its small-town appeal and its outstanding school system. They also like that Northfield is surrounded by nature and is close to the beach and the city. There are many activities for children and green spaces to enjoy.


The people living in Northfield rely on cars as their primary transportation. The town does not have a Metra Station, so when locals go to the city, they either drive the 30-minute commute or go to one of the Metra stations in Winnetka.


Dining, Entertainment & Shopping


The shops and restaurants in Northfield are in two locations on the east side of town. The Happ Inn Bar & Grill is a local favorite. This upscale bar serves comfort food and signature cocktails. Tapas Gitana is another excellent find. It has an open, airy feel and is a nice casual place to meet friends or grab a quick bite. 


Winnetka also has several upscale eateries less than 10 minutes away. Pomeroy is an elegant restaurant in town. It has a great ambiance and serves delicious French cuisine. Only about a block away is the trendy 501 Local. It has tasty American fare and handcrafted cocktails. Sitting outside while you dine and enjoying the view on a nice day is great. 


Things to Do


Northfield has community events throughout the year. The Market & Music is held from mid-June to mid-August every year. It features food, drinks, kids’ entertainment, and live music. 

Another annual event is the Northfield State Fair/Ribfest. Residents don their aprons and compete to see who makes the best ribs. There are also bands, fireworks, and children’s activities. 


Northfield Park District has three parks that people of all ages like. One park has a splash pad and a playground. Another has baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts, and walking trails. The Community Center has a gymnasium and a state-of-art fitness center and offers classes. It also has an outdoor ice rink in the winter months.


Sunset Ridge Country Club is a private club that has been around for 100 years. It has a challenging 18-hole golf course and other amenities such as a swimming pool, tennis courts, and fine dining.  




Northfield is part of the Sunset Ridge School District 29 and Avoca School District 37. Some of the schools are listed below. 


Overview for Northfield, IL

5,853 people live in Northfield, where the median age is 49.5 and the average individual income is $107,453. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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49.5 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Northfield, IL

Northfield has 2,383 households, with an average household size of 2.46. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Northfield do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 5,853 people call Northfield home. The population density is 1,812.04 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Northfield, IL

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The following schools are within or nearby Northfield. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Middlefork Primary School
PreK - 3rd
No rating available
Christian Heritage Academy
PreK - 12th
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Sunset Ridge Elementary School
4th - 8th
Hyde Park Day School Northfield
2nd - 8th
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