- Jun 20, 2018
With its many festivals, fairs, concerts and other fun family fun, Northbrook’s summer activites are expected to attract visitors from throughout the North Shore. The largest festival – Northbrook Days — relies on social media, their website, and even word of mouth to bring visitors into the community for the five day festival. Northbrook Days appeals to an intergenerational audience, with many people returning with their children and grandchildren to experience the fun they remember from their childhood. “We’re definitely getting people from all over,” comments Matt Settler, Northbrook Days organizer, who comments that the festival has grown to over 30,000 people.
Organizers for the annual Sidewalk Sale also cite increased traffic from as far away as Wisconsin as well as numerous area towns. “Generally, several thousand people a day visit the Sidewalk Sale to enjoy the fabulous deals, food and activities for the family,” notes coordinator Marie Junkman. Bringing in new vendors every year, and providing variety is a key to the growth in popularity for the event she comments.
Summer events draw people into the downtown to discover all that Northbrook has to offer, helping people discover the Village’s unique specialty stores and the many outstanding restaurants, adds Bruce Gonzalez, Sunset Foods, spokesperson for the downtown Merchants Association.
Mark Your Calendars for Northbrook’s Summer Fun
July 6 and 7; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Northbrook’s downtown shopping centers on the corner of Church and Cherry Lane will feature a variety of vendors with all kinds of merchandise from local stores and over 35 outside vendors. The two-day annual event features the tradition of a makeover giveaway promotion, including a day of pampering from Carolyn Lorraine Salon, an outfit from Juniper Boutique and lunch at Jar Bar for one person, selected by a panel of retailers. Payton Rose will also be giving away an outfit to a lucky runner-up. For more information call (773)398-6488 or visit www.northbrooknine.com or the Facebook page Facebook/Northbrook Sidewalk Sale.
Northbrook Days Festival
Wednesday, Aug. 1 – Sunday, Aug. 5
Village Green Park will be rocking with non-stop entertainment and family fun the first week of August with the Village’s iconic Northbrook Days festival. A variety of live music for all tastes, lots of traditional festival food, along with games and carnival rides, will provide fun for all ages. A tradition of the festival is the Raffle, offering a chance to win $20,000 in cash along with numerous other prizes. Every night there will be drawings for over ten raffle prizes.
A highlight of the festival will be the many musical performances on the Main Stage located in the baseball outfield close to Shermer Road. Opening night on Wednesday will feature classic and contemporary jam band The Mosquitos. Van Blazer/Off The Record will be rocking the stage for GBN Reunion Night on Thursday night. Chicago favorite Mr. Blotto performs on Friday night playing their personal blend of southern/country rock. Tributosaurus returns to Northbrook Days on Saturday night, covering songs by The Police. The festival closes Sunday with the ultimate summer party band Dick Holliday & The Bamboo Gang. All music is free and families can take advantage of wristband hours with unlimited rides on Saturday and Sunday. The 2400 square foot Beer and Wine tent will be located in the right field of the ball park. Bocce ball will be located near the tent in center field with a tournament at 2:00 p.m. Sunday. For more information, including a map of the festival, list of sponsors, complete list of all musical performances and information on raffle prizes and ride promotions, visit www.northbrookdays.com.
The event is the Civic Foundation’s biggest fundraiser, with proceeds given directly back into the community in the form of needs based scholarships and grants to non-profit and social organizations.
Fourth of July
Activities include the annual run/walk through Techny Prairie Park and Fields, Rotary Pancake Breakfast, a family mini-golf tournament, Police vs. Fire Dept. softball game and the annual parade, culminating with fireworks at dusk. Visit www.northbrook4thofjuly.com for more information.
Tuesdays in the Park – Summer Concerts
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 6:30 p.m.
Held at Village Green Park, local restaurants including Jar Bar, Little Louie’s, Viccino’s, and Lucky Fish on Shermer offer special Tuesday in the Park discounts. Visit nbparks.org/events/ for details.
Thursday Night Bike Races
Through Sept. 6, 6:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Top cyclists from around the Midwest compete at Ed Rudolph Velodrome, on the only short, banked track for official bike racing in Illinois. www.northbrookvelodrome.org