Home of the world-famous Brookfield Zoo, the village of Brookfield covers 3.1 square miles and is located 13 miles west of downtown Chicago adjacent to the town of Riverside. According to Brookfield's website, it is "a vibrant and diverse community of 19,085 individuals supporting a variety of churches, good schools, an excellent... Show all »
Home of the world-famous Brookfield Zoo, the village of Brookfield covers 3.1 square miles and is located 13 miles west of downtown Chicago adjacent to the town of Riverside. According to Brookfield's website, it is "a vibrant and 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 and the modernizing, building, and making our neighborhoods better and safer. Whether shopping, dining or enjoying the zoo, you will find our humble village a remarkable, friendly and great place to live, raise a family, shop, and do business. Brookfield is truly a community in every sense of the word." Brookfield residents can choose from a wide variety of leisure activities. In addition to visiting Brookfield Zoo, which is open every day of the year, they can get involved in a summer theater workshop, country line dancing, the Book Park Senior Club, Kids First Summer Camp Sport Series, a British soccer camp, nature classes, and a variety of other activities. The schools in Brookfield are highly rated. In addition to the elementary schools, teens attend Riverside-Brookfield High School in District 208 or Lyons Township High School in District 204. Close to ninety percent of Brookfield residents age 25 and over have graduated from high school; approximately 26 percent have college degrees. The housing stock in Brookfield is diverse. There are a large number of bungalows that are made from brick, stucco, field stone and other materials. There is also a wide variety of bi-level homes, ranches, Cape Cods, Queen Anne residences, Georgian and even prefab houses from Sears and Montgomery Ward, as well as some larger estates and smaller condos. « Show less
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