Community Events

Host a Safe Flamingo Friday Event in 2020!

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This year the Community Relations Commission encourages residents to follow the instructions on how to host a safe Flamingo Friday event . Also, new this year, consider decorating your new feathered friend for Flamingos on Parade.

Flamingos on Parade

Decorated  flamingos are on display and featured on this Flamingos on Parade map for you to enjoy either virtually, or take a walk, ride, or drive to see them live! 

About Flamingo Fridays and How to Host a Safe Event

When neighbors get to know one another, an improved sense of support, understanding, well-being, and safety are the result. Flamingo Fridays offer neighbors a casual opportunity to get together during the summer.

Every Friday around 6 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day a neighborhood gathering is held in someone’s driveway. The host provides the driveway – everyone else brings their lawn chairs, beverages, and snacks, as desired. Depending on the group, gatherings can last 30 minutes or several hours. Despite its name, Flamingo Fridays do not have to take place on Fridays. Each neighborhood can determine what time/date is most convenient. The neighborhood’s pink lawn flamingo travels from host to host. Display the flamingo early - Monday or Tuesday – to get the word out.

Gatherings should strictly adhere to State of Illinois guidelines for physical distancing and local regulations pertaining to gathering size. Host a safe event!

Look for an event around the neighborhood or on social media using #nbkflamingofriday!

4th of July in Northbrook

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Fireworks Display Canceled

The 4th of July fireworks display, which was tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, September 5, has been canceled.

4th of July Porch Parade

Thank you to everyone who participated in Northbrook’s 4th of July Porch Parade and made this Independence Day one to remember! The winning displays are as follows:

Overall Best

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Most Patriotic

Walters Avenue Most Patriotic

Shermer Road Most Patriotic








Most Original

Center Avenue Most Original


Crabtree Lane Most Original 










Most Likely to Make You Smile

Birch Road Most Likely to Make you Smile

Crabtree Lane Most Likely to Make you Smile









Northbrook Plein Air Photography Festival – Ended June 21

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This year, due to the cancellation of the Plein Air Painting Festival, the Northbrook Arts Commission hosted a “Plein Air” Photography Festival for Northbrook residents with over 100 prizes to Northbrook restaurants.

Normally, Plein Air (French for “in the open air”) refers to a style of painting where the artist paints what is before them. In the spirit of Plein Air painting, the Arts Commission hosted an event with photography (camera or smartphone is fine) that allowed virtually any Northbrook resident to participate!

The Festival, which took place from Monday, June 1 to Sunday, June 21, included challenges that encouraged participants to celebrate life in our community, document this moment in history, and discover beauty that one might otherwise pass right by. 

Judges designated by the Northbrook Arts Commission evaluated the entries for each daily challenge. Prizes were awarded based on how well each entry met the daily artistic assignment.

Winning photos were announced on the Village of Northbrook Facebook page: facebook.com/northbrookillinois

Click here to see Round One Winners

Click here to see Round Two Winners

Click here to see Round Three Winners

Click here to see Round Four Winners

Click here to see Round Five Winners

Click here to see Round Six Winners

Memorial Day - May 25, 2020

Please join us in observing Memorial Day to honor those who gave their lives for our country. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Stay-At-Home Order in place, the traditional Memorial Day Parade and ceremony was canceled.

Virtual Memorial Day Ceremony

In lieu of an in-person service, a virtual ceremony was streamed at 10:30am on Memorial Day. The ceremony features American Legion Post 791 Commander Tom Mahoney, Retired Air Force Brigadier General Thomas Kittler, Village President Sandy Frum, and a special ’Post Everlasting’ ceremony to honor recently deceased members of the American Legion Post 791. 

National Night Out - Canceled

Join Northbrook Police and the Northbrook Park District on the first Tuesday in August for an evening of fun, food, music, games, and prizes. National Night Out is designed to promote the partnership between the police and the community and to share information about crime prevention and public safety. The event is held at Meadowhill Aquatic Center from 6 to 9 p.m.

Check back for details on the 2021 event!

Plein Air Painting Festival

The Northbrook Arts Commission, in partnership with the Park District, hosts the annual Plein Air Painting Festival. Held in the fall, the event features dozens of artists painting Northbrook landscapes throughout the Village. The event features live music, painting demonstrations, and a chance to purchase original art.

Check back for details on the 2021 event!

Fire Department Open House

Kids can climb in fire trucks, use a fire hose, meet Sparky the Fire Dog, view demonstrations, tour Fire Station 12, and dress in firefighter gear at the annual Fire Department Open House. The event takes place during October’s Fire Prevention Week. 

Check back for details on the 2020 event!

Halloween & Trick-or-Treat

Trick-or-Treat hours are 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Halloween, October 31, rain or shine. To welcome Trick-or-Treaters, switch on your porch lights or any exterior lights.

Safety tips for Trick-or-Treating:

  • Walk in groups or with an adult and stay on the sidewalks
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you
  • Bring a flashlight when heading out after dusk
  • Examine all treats before eating them and eat only factory-wrapped treats
  • Wear well-fitting costumes and comfortable shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls

Please welcome Trick-or-Treaters carrying official United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) collection boxes. Halloween is National UNICEF Day and many children share the holiday by Trick-or-Treating for the UNICEF.

Celebration of Cultures

Each year, the Village’s Community Relations Commission (CRC), in partnership with the North Suburban YMCA, hosts a Celebration of Cultures featuring many of the cultures represented in the North Shore.

Check back for details on the 2020 event!

Earth & Arbor Day

Since 1989, the Village and Park District have hosted an annual Earth & Arbor Day Celebration in April. The celebration includes recycling opportunities, a sustainable vendor exhibition, and volunteer opportunities. 

Check back for details on the 2021 event!