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Brookfield il




Welcome home to Brookfield. Prior to the 1800's the village of Brookfield was first home to Native Americans. Covered by forests, prairie grass, and farms, Native Americans invented bow and arrows, cultivated corn, made pottery, built villages, and burial mounds in the area. In the mid 1800's freight started running along the Aurora to Chicago line. Settlement started in 1889 when Samuel Eberly Gross a real estate investor from Chicago started purchasing large parcels of land in the area 13 miles west of Chicago. First named Grossdale, the area offered affordable housing in close proximity to the city and easy access via railway. The area grew and suburbs Hollywood and West Grossdale were added in the late 1800's each with their own train station. The pavilion was one of the first structures completed and housed a post office, general store, and Gross Real Estate. In the early years the area and streets took most of their names from Gross family relatives and in 1895 much to the chagrin of residents he changed the name of Hollywood to East Grossdale. After a few failed attempts the Independent Party won the 1905 election and started a contest to choose a new name. Brookfield won in respect for Salt Creek, East Grossdale reverted to Hollywood, and West Grossdale was renamed Congress Park. In 1952 Brookfield won the All American City Award in recognition of "Intelligent purposeful citizen action" by the National Municipal League.

Brookfield's main attraction is the Chicago Zoological Park known locally as Brookfield Zoo. The Zoo resides on land donated to the Forest Preserve District in 1919 by Edith Rockefeller McCormick. Set within a 216 acre nature park the zoo has been open to visitors since 1934 and is home to over 2000 animals.

Schooling in Brookfield is served by Brookfield La Grange Park District #85, Brookpark Elementary (K-5th), SE Gross Middle School (6-8th). It is also home to Brookfield Riverside Township High School which boasts an A+ overall Niche rating and is ranked 56 of 659 public high schools in IL.

Brookfield is bordered by 26th & 31st St (north), Kemman & Eberly Ave (West), 47th St (south), and Golf Rd & Custer Ave (East). Brookfield sits approximately 12 miles west of Chicago. It is an easy commute to Downtown form neighboring Metra stops in Brookfield, Congress Park, and Hollywood . Its a 20 minute commute to the loop or 25 minutes on the express. There are two major airports within a 30 minute drive (O'Hare, Midway) offering non-stop flights to just about anywhere in the world. Along with Uber/Lyft, car service access, and AmTrak you are globally connected for business or personal travel.   

Downtown Brookfield is bustling, bright, and full of life. There is a Library, Post Office, Fire and Police Station,  and City Govt offices. The Metra Station is on the National Register of Historic Places. DT also hosts entertainment, German Fest, fall fest, battle of the bands, movies in the park, farmers markets, art fairs, Christmas walk, auto shows, as well as many other events (seasonally permitting). Its also host to many locally owned business, Burger Antics, Zoo City Treats, Brookfield Ale House, Loca Mocha Cafe, Gosia's Coffee House and eateries in a urban setting with a home town feel. Its a short hope over to La Grange and all it has to offer as well.  

Brookfield is home to over 9 large parks, Brookfield Zoo, and many smaller areas, with approximately 400 acres, and a facilities where you can find about any sport or activity you or your children would like to participate in. Brookfield is also the home of Bulldog Youth Football & Cheer and the Brookfield Little League. There are many gym and work out facilities located within minutes of Brookfield.

With amazing residents, high school, social & community activities, and entertainment, Brookfield will deliver an amazing living and family experience with an urban feel. In 2013 Brookfield was also named one of the best neighborhoods for 1st time home buyers.  If you would like more information or a market report please let us know and we will be happy to provide a confidential report to you.