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On May 8, 1993, the Chicago Tribune wrote "The real character of Brookfield is clearly evident. Friendliness and family orientation are two traits almost everyone in town highlights as primary reasons they like calling Brookfield home." Brookfield, said the Tribune, is a "community that puts family first, and quite possibly second, third and fourth as well." The article went on to say "The whole town, it seems, is on a first-name basis and the village president picks up his own telephone." Not much has changed.
Conveniently located 13 miles west of downtown Chicago (41 degrees North Latitude, 87 degrees West Longitude), with easy access to trains, buses, highways, and airports, Brookfield is an established, stable, and serene suburb of only 3.1 square miles. We are often called "the world's most visited village" because the world famous Brookfield Zoo attracts so many visitors. On a quiet morning it is not unusual to hear the roar of a lion or an elephant trumpet.
Brookfield is a vibrant diverse community of 19,085 individuals supporting a variety of churches, good schools, an excellent library, low taxes, convenient transportation, and extensive parks and recreation programs. We are committed to economic development, modernizing, building, and making our neighborhoods better and safer. Whether shopping, dining, or enjoying the zoo, you will find our humble village a remarkable and friendly place. A great place to live, raise a family, shop, and do business, Brookfield is truly a community in every sense of the word.
Brookfield is a Tree City USA.
Trees are important to the Village Administration of Brookfield and we have been a Tree City since 1981. We consider our trees a major asset and we go out of our way to care for these living treasures. We have a total tree care program managed by the Village's Forestry Division and a full time Certified Arborist.
The Village of Brookfield operates with a Village Manager form of government established by referendum in 1951. In fact, it was one of the first villages in the nation to use this governmental system. The Village Manager is appointed by the President and Board of Trustees to serve as the administrative head of the government of the village and is responsible for the efficient administration of all departments. Click here or on Village Government on the navigation menu to the left to learn more about the departments within the Village of Brookfield.
Brookfield's housing stock is diverse, sturdy, and architecturally interesting. About 20% are "Arts & Crafts" movement influenced Chicago-style bungalows built in the 1920s. About half the bungalows are brick and the rest are stucco, frame, field stone, and other materials. There are also a wide range of bi-levels, ranches, Victorian, Cape Cod, Queen Anne, Georgian, and even pre-fabricated houses from Sears and Wards. There are even about 19 enamel "Home of the Future" Lustron homes built after the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair. Prices for most single-family homes range from $105,000 to $250,000, with a year 2000 average price of $157,500 and an average selling time of 57 days. There are a number of larger estates tucked away. There are also a number of duplexes and small condominiums. Condos range in price from $80,000 to $110,000. The 2000 average price for attached housing was $121,900. Rentals ran at about $575 for a one-bedroom unit, $695 for a two bedroom and $825 a month for a three bedroom apartment. Brookfield is nestled between Riverside and LaGrange, but the housing and taxes are much less expensive. To locate a realtor, click here to jump to the Business Directory.Brookfield has been designated a Tree City USA since 1981.
The schools are always rated highly. District 95 is the primary elementary school district for Brookfield residents. Districts 96, 102 and 103 also serve the Village. Teens attend Riverside-Brookfield High School in district 208, or Lyons Township, district 204. The 1998 average ACT composite score at Lyons Township High was 23.7, while Riverside-Brookfield scored 22.2. Click here to jump to the Education page.
There is easy access to the Eisenhower (I- 290) and Stevenson (I-55) expressways. Drive time to the Loop is about 35 minutes depending on the time of day. Midway airport is about 15 minutes away by car, and O'Hare is about 40 minutes away. Metra's Burlington Northern commuter trains reach the Loop in about 25 minutes and they have an excellent on-time record. Several bus routes also service the area. More information can be found on this subject by clicking here or on the Transportation section in the navigation menu on the left-hand side.
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