The Village of Northfield (approx. pop. 5,700) is located 20 miles north of Chicago and three miles west of Lake Michigan, making it a highly sought-after locale. The village offers a wide variety of housing options, from single-family homes to condos, townhomes, and elegant, multi-acre estates. Residents are passionate about protecting Northfield’s open spaces – more than half of the village’s three-square miles are zoned for acre-sized lots, and many homes are set on lovely country lanes. Northfield has more than 30 acres of open parkland, including a bird sanctuary, and is one of the few Chicago suburbs that issues licenses for keeping horses. The village is surrounded by the Cook County Forest Preserve, Skokie Lagoons, and numerous golf courses. The village is the world headquarters of Stepan Company, a global chemical solutions business. What you’ll findNorthfield residents enjoy a small-town way of life, easy access to downtown Chicago, year-round family friendly events, and almost unlimited access to world-class cultural, recreational, and educational resources. Northfield Farmers’ Market: On Saturdays, from May through October, residents and visitors enjoy shopping for fresh produce, plants, flowers, cheeses, pastries, coffee, and gourmet items. Local chefs often give cooking demonstrations featuring market items. A Corn Fest is held in August and a Harvest Fest in September. The Northfield market has been recognized by both North Shore Magazine and the Chicago Tribune as being one of the best farmers’ markets on the North Shore. Parks and Recreation District: The Northfield Park District and neighboring Winnetka Park District both serve the Northfield community and offer a wide variety of year-round programs and activities. The Northfield District incorporates more than 30 acres with lighted tennis courts, baseball diamonds, soccer and football fields, an outdoor ice-skating rink, and a volleyball court. Cook County Forest Preserve: With more than 69,000 acres, the CCFP is the largest (and oldest) forest preserve district in the country. It provides an escape into a world teeming with wildlife and rich with outdoor recreation and environmental education opportunities. Features include oak woodlands and savannas, tall-grass prairies, native wetlands, migratory flyways that afford spectacular birding, 22 dedicated nature preserves, 40 managed lakes and ponds, seven waterways (kayaks and canoes allowed), 300 miles of marked trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing, and six nature education centers. Kohl’s Children’s Museum: This wildly popular museum provides learning through play for children from birth to age eight. In addition to dozens of education and outreach programs, permanent exhibits include “City on the Move,” an exploration of science, math and technology based on the City of Chicago; “Habitat,” a two-acre outdoor exhibit with climbing structures, prairie grass maze, water painting wall, sensory garden and a 10-piece interactive sculpture trail; and “Ravinia Music Makers,” a place to discover how music is made. Kohl’s is located 3.5 miles west of Northfield. Chicago Botanic Garden: This world-class site is situated on 385 acres just five miles north of Northfield. Features include 26 gardens, four natural areas, six miles of lake shoreline, and nine islands. It is one of only 17 public gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums, and its library contains one of the country’s best collections of rare botanical books. People of all ages, interests, and abilities participate in programs, take classes in dozens of horticultural subjects, and stroll the gardens year-round. A large gift shop and lovely café, featuring locally sourced ingredients, complete the visitor’s experience.