Public Transportation

Northbrook's great location means that there are many public transportation options for those looking to get around the community and travel to Chicago or other nearby communities.


Metra provides commuter rail service to Northbrook via the Milwaukee District North (MD-N) Line. This line completes over 20 daily weekday trips between Northbrook and Chicago's Union Station with express service during the morning and afternoon rush hours. Metra also connects the Village with many nearby communities and amenities.

Metra's primary station in Northbrook is in the downtown. You can learn more about this station and commuter parking on our Commuter Station and Commuter Parking page.

Other nearby stations on the MD-N line include Lake Cook Road and North Glenview. For more information on those stations, please visit their individual webpages.

For information on Metra, its other rail lines and fare options, please visit the Metra Rail website.

Pace Bus

Regional bus service is provided by Pace. Pace offers a number of transportation options for residents and commuters and helps provide connections to Metra and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) stations.

Traditional Bus Service

Pace's offers a number of traditional bus routes in the Village. Use the links below to see schedules, routes, fares and real-time maps of bus locations:
The Transportation Management Association of Lake-Cook is a major promoter of transit in and around the Village and has a number of resources on their website which may useful for those looking to use Metra and traditional bus service to commute.


For residents without easy access to public transportation who are looking to reduce their commuting costs, Pace offers a variety of carpooling programs that can help.

Pace Rideshare

Pace offers a free rideshare program that helps match carpooling participants who live closer together and work in places near one another. This free and easy program just requires sign-up and helps identify one or more people who you may be able to join your carpool and reduce your commuting costs. For more information, visit the RideShare website.


Pace's Vanpool program allows groups of 5 to 13 to share a Pace van to ride to work. While a carpool has individuals decide to split costs, the vanpool allows all participants to share in the costs by simply paying a monthly fee determined by the size of the group and the distance traveled. For more information, visit Pace's Vanpooling website.

Reduced Fare Cards

Seniors, persons with disabilities and disabled veterans are all eligible for the Regional Transportation Authority's (RTA's) reduced far program, which will allow the holder to ride Metra, Pace and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) fixed-route services at a reduced price. For more information, contact RTA Customer Service at 312-913-3110 or visit the RTA's Reduced Fare Program page.