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The Northfield Inn was built circa 1894 at the corner of Shermer and Waukegan roads in unincoprorated Northfield Township, hence the name Northfield Inn. The Inn was a well-known stopover on the road between Milwaukee and Chicago until the Bartelme family family purchased the Inn in 1901. They stopped renting rooms and concentrated on the tavern and restaurant business. Bartelme's Northfield Inn was best was known for the delicious chicken dinners and lemon cream pies served in the dining room. The Inn was moved to its present location in 1975 and is now the home of the Northbrook Historical Society and Northbrook History Museum.
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Settled in 1843, the village of Shermerville was incorporated in 1901 and renamed Northbrook in 1923.

View photographs in the Shermerville Northbrook Album

1776 Walters Ave.
Northbrook, Illinois
History Museum
(847) 498-3404
Thursdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sundays 2 to 4 p.m.

Inn Shop
(847) 498-0884
Thursday to Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sundays 2 to 4 p.m.
Consignments accepted on Wednesdays 11 a.m to 1 p.m.

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2021
Northbrook, Illinois

Upcoming Events

St. Peter Cemetery Walk
Sunday, October 12
1 and 2:30 p.m.
Located east side of Shermer Road (2800 block) just south of Willow Road
Click here for directions to St. Peter Cemetery.

Annual Birthday Open House
Lower Level - Northbrook Historical Society
1776 Walters Ave.
Sunday, November 16 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Historian's Corner

Do you live on a street named for a pioneer settler? Click this link to find out.

Take the Shermerville - Northbrook Quiz to see what you know about our Village's history.

November 2012 newsletter;
The two stores that have been in the shopping center from the beginning are Phillip's Shoe Clinic and O'Reilly Cleaners.

Northbrook Memorial built to honor the 43 Northbrook Men who gave the Ultimate Sacrifice

Click on the link to learn about the memorial. To learn more about the 43 men stop in the History Museum.

Click on the link to view a photo album of the dedication ceremony on Sunday, September 13, 2009

Click on the link to view a photo album of the memorial as it is built.

Click on the link to view a photo album of the Memorial Day 2009 ground breaking.

Former Historical Society board member Kati Spaniak took some beautiful photos of the 2009 activities and the Memorial Dedication. Click here to see the photos. The password is northbrook. It is case sensitive so please use a lower case first letter in the name of our Village.

How to Help

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Have a comment, recollection or question for us? Write to the address above or send an email to the Northbrook Historical Society.