- Jun 19, 2019
Summer is finally in full swing, and Northbrook’s community calendar is overflowing with activities. Many offer opportunities for businesses to get involved, while supporting a more vibrant community. Here’s an overview of major events:
Northbrook Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., through October 9
Every Wednesday morning, dozens of small farmers and artisan food producers will set up shop at the corner of Meadow and Cherry, creating a bustling marketplace for residents of Northbrook and surrounding communities. Managed by the all-volunteer Northbrook Farmers Market Association, the weekly market seeks “to educate residents on the benefits of buying locally, eating healthy, and living green, as well as supporting local farming families and entrepreneurs,” according to their website.
Additionally, the Market supports a wide range of other community organizations. “To date approximately 58,000 pounds of fresh food has been collected from our vendors and donated to the Northfield Township Food Pantry,” says Market Association Director Dale Duda. “Also, we partner with other local organizations, such as the Chamber, to help them further their goals.” Learn more at NorthbrookFarmersMarket.org.
Tuesdays in the Park – Summer Concerts
July 2, 9, 16 and 23
Lawn chairs and blankets will dominate Village Green Park on Tuesday evenings for the Park District’s popular concert series. These family-friendly events start with kid-oriented performers or community talents at 6:30 p.m., followed by all-ages bands at 7:15. All free of charge, the programs attract audiences from all over Northbrook and surrounding communities. Concert-goers can discover local restaurants by taking advantage of special Tuesday Night discounts. Options range from a free order of fries at Little Louie’s to a special $30 Park Picnic Box from Francesca’s North, along with specials at Lou Malnati’s, Marcello’s, Trattoria Oliverii, Sunset Foods, and other downtown destinations. For a schedule of performances and restaurant offers, visit NBParks.org.
Fourth of July Parade and Festivities, Thursday, July 4
Northbrook is well known for its day-long celebration of Independence Day, starting with the early morning Liberty Loop 5K and pancake breakfast, and wrapping up with spectacular fireworks at night. The centerpiece of the afternoon is the Mile Long Parade that wends its way through downtown, filled with marching bands and colorful floats. This year, the Chamber will participate in the parade to share its commitment to making Northbrook a great place to work, live, shop and dine.
Downtown Sidewalk Sale, July 5 and 6; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Continuing a festive atmosphere for the Fourth of July weekend, the shopping centers along Cherry Lane welcome guests for a two-day open air marketplace. The Sidewalk Sale is an all-ages event with 40 participating vendors including brick-and-mortar stores, local nonprofits, and pop-up booths. A lucky prize winner will receive a makeover on July 5 with services from Carolyn Lorraine Salon, apparel from Juniper and Payton Rose boutiques, and lunch from Little Louie’s. Pony rides, kids activities, and music from Bach2Rock make the event very family-friendly. For detailed information, visit the Northbrook Sidewalk Sale Facebook page.
Northbrook Days, Wednesday, July 31 – Sunday, Aug. 4
A signature event going back more than 90 years, the Northbrook Days festival transforms the Village Green Park with carnival rides and games, a variety of food vendors, live music performances, and raffle drawings. This extravaganza is presented by the Northbrook Civic Foundation, which returns its proceeds to the community as scholarships and grants to local organizations. Nearly 30,000 attend the festival over the five days. Event sponsors gain great visibility while also providing support for Civic’s charitable projects. For more information, visit NorthbrookDays.com