October 5, 2021 – NORTHBROOK, IL – The Northbrook Civic Foundation and its Northbrook Days Festival Committee today that the 2021 festival netted $95,000 for college scholarships and community grants.
Bringing the festival back downtown to a new location – the west lot of the Northbrook Metra Train Station – was clearly a winning solution. Even with having to close early Friday evening due to a thunderstorm, the five-day festival was a financial success, drawing big crowds throughout. Attendance figures are not available because it is free to enter the festival grounds. The best financial year for the festival was in 2016 when it earned $112,000 for scholarships and grants.
“It was fantastic being back in the heart of downtown Northbrook once again, particularly after last year’s Covid-19 cancellation,” Northbrook Civic Foundation President Ellen Westel said. “Thank you to everyone who attended and to all the community volunteers who helped make the festival happen. This hometown tradition has been around for nearly a century, and we look forward to continuing it again next year.”
The Northbrook Civic Foundation intends to soon begin discussing plans with the Village of Northbrook about the possibility of hosting the August 2022 festival at the same location again.
The Northbrook Civic Foundation wishes to thank its many generous festival sponsors for their support. Additional thanks go to the Village of Northbrook, the Northbrook Police Department, the Northbrook Fire Department, and the Northbrook Park District for providing logistical support. Without the backing of volunteers and sponsors, the festival and the donations that come from it would not be possible.
Planned and staffed by volunteers, Northbrook Days is a summer tradition that brings our community together, while a testament to local generosity. Each year the festival features local food and drink, exciting carnival games and rides, big ticket raffle prizes, and exciting live music. Northbrook Days is the only annual fundraiser for the Northbrook Civic Foundation, which has been supporting the local community for more than 100 years.
Over the years, the Northbrook Civic Foundation has provided grants to many Northbrook non-profit and social service agencies, such as the Northbrook Public Library, Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook, Northbrook Community Nursery School, Northbrook Historical Society, Northfield Township Food Pantry, Josselyn Center, Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) and Northbrook Baseball. If your non-profit organization serves the citizens of Northbrook and needs grant support, please visit our Project Funding page and consider submitting a Foundation Grant Request.
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About Northbrook Civic Foundation
The Northbrook Civic Foundation was originally established in 1907 as the Shermerville Improvement Club. The Civic name was adopted in 1925. The Northbrook Civic Foundation, a non-profit volunteer organization of neighbors and friends, has raised more than $3.2 million and converted those funds into scholarships for college-bound students and donated to worthwhile organizations in Northbrook.


Event Schedule

Event Policies

We ask all Northbrook Days attendees to help us ensure a safe and family friendly event!

  • No Guns
  • No Dogs
  • No Bikes
  • No Smoking
  • No Outside Food or Drink
  • Masks are recommended for anyone who is not vaccinated. We also encourage people to wear masks whenever they feel uncomfortable. Please socially distance whenever possible.
  • Please stay home if you are not feeling well or have had exposure to anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID 19

About Northbrook Days

Every year, volunteers across our community come together for five days and put on an exciting festival for residents of Northbrook and surrounding towns. The fest includes rides, games, live music, food, beer & wine, and much more! It's been a summer tradition at the beautiful Village Green Park in downtown Northbrook for decades.

Did you know that all the net proceeds go back the community?

Northbrook Days is a 100% volunteer organization, part of the Northbrook Civic Foundation. The festival is the foundation's sole fundraising event of the year.

Where does the money go?

Each year, the Northbrook Civic Foundation funds need-based college scholarships for students from Northbrook and grants for organizations that serve our community.  Since 1950, the festival has raised more than $3 million to be given back to our community.

In addition, the Northbrook Civic Foundation provides grants to many non-profit and social service agencies that serve Northbrook residents. Past recipients have included: Northbrook Park District, Northbrook Public Library, Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook, Village of Northbrook, International Center on Deafness & the Arts, Northbrook Community Nursery School, Northbrook Historical Society, Northfield Township Food Pantry, North Suburban YMCA, Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts, Glenbrook North Grad Night, The Josselyn Center, Northbrook Community Garden, Northbrook Centennial Plaza, Northbrook Symphony, Special Gifts Theatre, NSSRA, Northbrook Baseball, Care Packages to Military Northbrook residents overseas, and much more.

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Residents with special needs and their immediate families and caregivers 
are invited to enjoy carnival rides and entertainment. Northbrook Days is closed to the general public to accommodate this program. Reservations are required in advance.

The Northbrook Civic Foundation would like to thank:

Northbrook Police Department, Northbrook Fire Department, Northbrook Park District, Northbrook Historical Society, Northbrook Public Works and the Northbrook Community for their continued support!

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