Northfield lies in the New Trier and Northfield Townships, just 25 minutes to Chicago. It’s surrounded by other North Shore communities, including Winnetka, Northbrook, Glenview, and Wilmette. Despite being bisected by Interstate 94 (Edens Expressway) and the busy Willow Road, Northfield has managed to maintain its suburban tranquility, with gorgeous trails, parks, and nature destinations found just steps away.
Northfield was first settled in 1854 by German immigrant John Happ, who moved to the area from Winnetka. He was soon followed by other farming families, and the community remained largely agricultural until the coming of the North Shore railroad in the early 1900s. When Edens Expressway was built in the 1950s, the swampland to the east of the village was dug out, forming the Skokie Lagoons.
- As of 2018 Census estimates, Northfield has a population of 5,422
- The village has a total land area of 3.22 square miles
- Northfield is divided into three park districts — Northfield Park District, Winnetka Park District, and Glenview Park District.
- The village features numerous paths that lead to the Skokie Lagoons and Erickson Woods. Part of Watersmeet Woods is located at the southeastern corner of the village.
- Chicago O’Hare International Airport is just around 18 minutes from Northfield
- Northfield is home to the private Sunset Ridge Country Club, a historic golf and country club established in 1923
Schools in Northfield
Most of Northfield is zoned to the top rated Sunset Ridge School District 29, which includes Middlefork Primary School and Sunset Ridge Elementary School, both found in Northfield. Some parts of the village are zoned to Avoca District 37 and Glenbrook District 225.
High school students can go to the highly regarded New Trier High School, which has a freshman campus in Northfield, and a sophomore to senior campus in nearby Winnetka. Northfield is also served by a number of private schools, including Christian Heritage Academy, Glenview Montessori School, and Hyde Park Day School.
Restaurants and shops
Northfield is less than 10 minutes from the area’s major shopping centers, Westfield Old Orchard in Skokie and Northbrook Court in Northbrook. Around the neighborhood is a charming collection of cozy and welcoming shops and restaurants.
Northshore Pizza Company
The Happ Inn Bar and Grill
Northfield Real Estate and Homes for Sale
As with other North Shore communities, Northfield boasts gorgeous estates and expansive single-family homes with distinctive architecture, immaculate landscaped yards, and top-of-the-line finishes. Older homes, some over 100 years old, dominate the neighborhood, exuding old school elegance and charm.
There’s also a growing number of townhomes and condos offering relatively more affordable options. Newer single-family homes built in the last five years are also part of the housing stock.
Over half of the properties in Northfield are zoned for lot areas of one acre or more. Northfield is one of the few neighborhoods where residents may keep and raise their own horses. You’ll also find homes with great views and access to Sunset Ridge Country Club.
Architectural styles in Northfield vary widely, from traditional, ranch, and contemporary to Tudor revival, Georgian, French manor, and more.
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