While not actually bordering Lake Michigan, this village undoubtedly offers North Shore appeal and lifestyle. Encompassing only about three and a quarter square miles, its residents enjoy the exclusivity only a small town can offer. Surrounded by neighboring villages which its residents have direct access to, so much of Northfield itself is residential real estate first and foremost. Lovely centuries' old tree-lined streets with gorgeous homes set back off the roads, this town emanates quiet and peaceful feelings for the families who inhabit it. The self proclaimed "comfortable corner of the North Shore" is certainly that.
The Village of Northfield keeps things to a small scale and that's just how its residents like it. On any Friday or Saturday night, you're bound to bump into neighbors at Stormy's Tavern and Grille or the Happ Inn Bar & Grill, which have both been staples of the community for a long time. The Northfield Community Center, co-op'ed by the Northfield Park District, Northfield School District 29, and the Village itself, is a modern state-of-the-art facility with a fitness center and meeting rooms. The Park District oversees adjacent Willow and Clarkson Parks. Due to the small population and density, the Park District serves as the de facto village event planner, even more than other surrounding suburbs of larger scale. The Northfield Park District runs highly popular year-round events, such as the farmer's market, monthly concerts in the park, and the town's preeminent event - Ribfest - annually in September with hundreds of residents in attendance enjoying a real concert, fireworks, and of course...ribs. Smaller pockets of residents may also align to the Winnetka or Glenview Park Districts.
District 203's New Trier High School, which consists of two separate campuses - the entire freshman population at the Northfield campus and sophomores, juniors, and seniors at the Winnetka campus - is regularly acknowledged within the state and nationally as a top-tier education designation with a 98% graduation rate and a 96% college enrollment rate. Every school year, it welcomes its new students from junior highs not only from Northfield's District 29, but also neighboring suburbs Wilmette, Winnetka, Kenilworth, Glencoe, and small pockets of Glenview and Northbrook.
District 29 is where the majority of the village's K-8 learners prepare for high school. K-3: Middlefork / 4-8: Sunset Ridge
Districts 34 (Glenview) and 37 (Wilmette) both serve very small portions of Northfield's K-8 students.
Population: ~ 5,400
12-mo Median Home Price: $850,000 (as of 9/1/2021)
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