Northbrook is a village and suburb on the northern edge of the Chicagoland area. The village has great amenities including golf courses, trails, and museums, which allows residents to live an active lifestyle, while providing convenient access to everything the city of Chicago has to offer.
Climate and Geography
The climate in most of Illinois is categorized as humid continental, which means summers are warm to hot and humid, while winters are cold and snowy. Residents can expect slightly less rain than the national average, more snowfall than average, and approximately 188 days of sunshine throughout each year.
Northbrook is considered a part of the North Shore region of the Chicagoland area, named because of its proximity to Lake Michigan. The surrounding terrain is primarily flatland with suburban, residential neighborhoods.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Some of the popular attractions in Northbrook include the River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook Park District, going shopping at Northbrook Court, Northbrook Historical Society and History Museum, Willowhill Golf Course. Nature lovers can enjoy trips to the River Trail Nature Center, Chicago Botanic Garden, or Rosewood Beach.
Northbrook also has quick and easy access to Chicago only a one hour away.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living is higher than the state and national average with home costs being the main factor for the steep cost of living index. However, grocery, health care, and utilities are factors that fall below the national and state averages.
Illinois does not tax Social Security benefits, and income from retirement plans is generally exempt including qualified employment benefits like 401(k)s, pensions, government retirement plans, IRAs, and military pensions. Furthermore, homeowners who are 65+ are eligible for the homestead exemption that can be up to $5,000. Homeowners that make less than $65,000 can have their property assessed value frozen or can defer property tax payments.
Health care facilities accessible to Northbrook residents include the nationally ranked Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, Northwest Community Hospital, nationally ranked NorthShore University HealthSystem-Metro Chicago, AMITA Health Resurrection Medical Center Chicago, all within a 10-mile radius and all high performing hospitals in several specialties.