Community Events

Northbrook Grand Prix

On July 28, the Intelligentsia Cup bike race is coming to downtown Northbrook! The Northbrook Grand Prix debuts with fun for everyone from the avid cyclist to the newfound fan of the sport. This fast and punchy 1 KM course is sure to demand attention as it winds around the beauty of the Village Green Park. 

The race course will proceed around Village Green Park starting on Shermer Road and then left on Meadow Road, left on Walters Avenue, left on Church Street, and left on Shermer Road again. To ensure the safety of racers, spectators, and staff, temporary road closures will be implemented along the course from 5am to 11pm on race day.  

On July 7 from 4:30-5:30pm, there will be a public meeting at Village Hall regarding the Northbrook Grand Prix. Additional information about the event will be provided, and residents and businesses can ask questions of the local organizing committee and representatives from Intelligentsia Cup Chicago. If you are unable to attend, you can submit questions to lead organizer Matt Curin by email or by calling 317-698-2459.

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Flamingo Fridays

Every Friday evening between Memorial Day and Labor Day, anyone that wants to participate is invited host a flamingo party in their neighborhood. These gatherings are the perfect opportunity for residents – both new and old – to make new friends, meet new people, or just reconnect with their neighbors. Whoever volunteers to host their neighborhood’s next Flamingo Friday obtains the flamingo from the previous host or from Village Hall and displays it on their lawn a few days before the party, signaling to the neighborhood where the next Flamingo Friday event will be. The host only needs to provide the driveway or lawn space for the party. No effort needed! Everyone provides their own drinks, snacks, and chairs.

Memorial Day

On Monday, May 30, at 10:30am, the Northbrook American Legion Post 791 will be holding Northbrook's Memorial Day Parade. The new parade route will start at the corner of Cherry Lane and Western Avenue, proceed east on Cherry Lane to Meadow Road, south on Meadow Road to Walters Avenue, and then end at the Village Green Park.

The parade will feature veterans, first responders, essential workers, and local school bands among others. Gather at the end of the parade for the national anthem, a welcome from Post 791's Commander, and guest speaker retired Major General James Mukoyama.

Please take a moment to remember the men and women who died serving in the United States Armed Forces, the reason we observe Memorial Day each year.

Plein Air Photography Festival

The Northbrook Arts Commission once again held the Plein Air Photography Festival for Northbrook residents. In "plein air" style, residents were asked to photograph around Northbrook with fresh eyes and a new perspective! 


Note: By submitting photographs for the Plein Air Photography Festival, you are granting the Village of Northbrook permission to use your images in Village publications and other communications pieces.

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4th of July

The Village of Northbrook and Northbrook Park District are thrilled to announce the return of Northbrook’s classic 4th of July events, including the Mile-Long Parade, a community favorite!

Festivities will begin at 7:30am with the Rotary Club of Northbrook’s 4th of July Breakfast at Village Green Park and the Park District’s Liberty Loop 5K Run/Walk at Techny Prairie Park & Fields at 7:30am, followed by the Liberty Lap Fun Run at 8:30am. At 10am, gather to cheer on Northbrook’s first responders at the Police vs. Fire Softball Game at Village Green Park. 

In the afternoon, the Bike Parade will kick off at 2:15pm at Cherry Lane and Western Avenue ahead of the time-honored Mile-Long Parade at 2:30pm. Jesse Compher, Northbrook native and Olympic silver medalist, has been named this year’s Grand Marshal. After a two-year parade hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Village and Park District are excited to once again showcase Northbrook’s joyful spirit and community togetherness. Local businesses, community organizations, specialty groups, performers, political groups, and sponsors are all invited to participate and help make this year’s parade the best Northbrook has seen! Parade applications and sponsorship information are available here. The deadline to apply is May 31.

At 7pm, gather at Meadowhill Park for DJ entertainment at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome and order dinner from the Soul and Smoke food truck at the Chalet. Finish your 4th of July celebration with a boom at the spectacular fireworks display at dusk, which can be viewed from Meadowhill Park and Techny Prairie Park & Fields. 

Updates and more information on Northbrook’s 4th of July events can be found at

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. 

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National Night Out 

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our communities safer, more caring places to live.

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Fire Department Open House

Join the Northbrook Fire Department (and Sparky the Fire Dog) for the annual Northbrook Fire Department Open House! Kids of all ages can climb in fire trucks, talk to firefighters, and pet therapy dogs, all while learning about fire safety. This year’s Open House will have a variety of outdoor activities including live displays of fire apparatus and equipment and demonstrations by the Northbrook Fire Department Special Teams. Bring the whole family to enjoy this safety event. Parking is available across the street at Maurice Sporting Goods, 1825 Shermer Road. 

The Fire Department Open House is in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week.

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Halloween Trick-or-Treating

Trick-or-treating hours in Northbrook are 4-8pm on Halloween. If you would like to alert trick-or-treaters of your household's participation, download one of the signs below to display on your front door.

Trick-or-Treating Signs:

If you don't have access to a printer, signs are available for free pickup at Village Hall.

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a time to thank and honor all those who served in the military, both in wartime and peacetime. This day is a time to remember our veterans, as well as those currently serving.

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Earth Month

Since 1989, the Village and Park District have hosted an annual celebration for Earth and Arbor Day in April. 

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