Community Events

Plein Air Photography Festival

The Northbrook Arts Commission is once again holding the Plein Air Photography Festival for Northbrook residents from June 7-June 28. In "plein air" style, residents will be asked to photograph around Northbrook with fresh eyes and a new perspective! Winners will receive gift cards to Northbrook restaurants. All contestants must be residents of Northbrook.

Five photo challenges will be released each week on Monday at 9am. Challenges will be posted here and on the Village's Facebook page. Contestants will have one week to submit one entry for each challenge. Contestants can enter a photo for as many of the challenges as they like, but only one photo per challenge will be allowed.  

2nd Round Photo Challenges (due at 9am on June 21)

  1. Reflections. Find an image in Northbrook that uses reflection as part of the composition. 
  2. Doors. Can be a public or private space, but the focal point should be on a door or doors.   
  3. Northbrook in Black and White. Shoot a recognizable Northbrook location in black and white. 
  4. A silhouetted image or backlit subject. A silhouette is an image that is represented by a solid shape of a single color, its edging matching the outlines of the subject. In photographic terms, it’s when a subject is completely “blacked out” by a brighter light source behind it.
  5. Trees. Trees are a highly valued part of our community. Find and photograph a particularly beautiful specimen within Northbrook.  

1st Round Photo Challenges (due at 9am on June 14)

  1. Portrait of a lifelong Northbrook resident in a Northbrook location. All of the subjects photographed must be over the age of 21.
  2. Off the Rails. A photograph of a location in Northbrook with railroad tracks visible within the image.
  3. The Golden Hour. A photograph in Northbrook taken around sunrise or at sunset.  
  4. Techny Prairie Park. This may be a photo of either recreation or nature taken within Techny Prairie Park (1750 Techny Road). Photos of people enjoying the park are okay, as are photos of nature.  
  5. Shoot through! The idea is to shoot your subject through something else, such as an open doorway or window, or through branches of trees. Create a compelling image that includes both the subject and whatever you are shooting through to capture the subject of the photo.  

Photo Challenge Schedule:

  • June 7 @ 9am: 1st round of challenges will be posted; pictures for this round are due at 9am on June 14.
  • June 14 @ 9am: 2nd round of challenges will be posted; pictures for this round are due at 9am on June 21.
  • June 21 @ 9am: 3rd round of challenges will be posted; pictures for this round are due at 9am on June 28.

How to Submit & Entry Rules:

All entries must be submitted digitally via email to pr@northbrook.il.us. The images must be no larger than 3 megabytes in size. Images must be in JPG format. Each entry must be submitted by separate email with the following information:

  1. Subject line of email must read: Plein Air Photo, [Photo Challenge Category Name]
  2. In the body of the email, include your name and Northbrook mailing address, phone number, and the title of your entry.
  3. If you are a high school student or younger, include your age.  

Please include only one entry per email. If you are submitting in 3 of the 5 categories, please submit one image with all the appropriate information as listed above in each email. 

All of your photos must be taken during the week of the challenge. You may not use work photographed prior to the issuance of the photo challenge. Do not look through your archive of photos for previous work that might fit the challenge. This is designed in the fashion of a “plein air” competition with all work executed live during the timeframe of the event.

Note: By submitting photographs for the Plein Air Photography Festival, you are granting the Village of Northbrook permission to use your images in Village publications and other communications pieces. 

Flamingo Friday

Flamingo Friday "Welcome to Northbrook" Drive-Thru Kickoff Event
Stop by Village Hall on June 18 from 4:30-6pm and drive through to pick up a flamingo from the safety of your car. You’ll also receive a free tote bag with information about what’s going on in Northbrook this summer. Volunteers will place a flamingo and tote bag in your back seat or trunk. Attendees are invited to bring non-perishable items for donation to the Northfield Township Food Pantry. Suggested items include:

  • Juice & juice boxes
  • Shelf stable milk, including dairy free
  • Ramen
  • Beef vegetable soup
  • Canned green beans
  • Mac & cheese
  • Pasta skillet meals

What is Flamingo Friday?
Every Friday around 6 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day a neighborhood gathering is held in someone’s driveway. The host provides the driveway – everyone else brings their lawn chairs, beverages, and snacks, as desired. Depending on the group, gatherings can last 30 minutes or several hours. Despite its name, Flamingo Fridays do not have to take place on Fridays. Each neighborhood can determine what time/date is most convenient. The neighborhood’s pink lawn flamingo travels from host to host. Display the flamingo early - Monday or Tuesday – to get the word out.

4th of July

The Village of Northbrook and Northbrook Park District are excited to celebrate Independence Day with the traditional 4th of July fireworks and a new schedule of events for the community to enjoy together. 

Saturday, July 3
Dawn-Dusk – Pop-Up Pickleball in downtown Northbrook; visit northbrook.il.us/pickleball for more details
7:30am – Liberty Loop 5K Race; visit nbparks.org for more details and to register (deadline: July 2)
9am – Liberty Lap Fun Run; visit nbparks.org for more details and to register (deadline: July 2)
9am-5pm – Northbrook Public Library open
10am-6pm – Meadowhill Aquatic Center open
3-5pm – Music at Village Green Park; Night Baby will perform rock n’ roll covers in the southwest corner of the park
3-5pm – Northbrook History Museum reopens; celebrate the Museum’s 45th birthday and the nation’s 245th birthday
7-9pm – DJ performance at the Velodrome at Meadowhill Park
9pm (Dusk) – Watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at the Velodrome at Meadowhill Park

Sunday, July 4
Dawn-Dusk
– Pop-Up Pickleball in downtown Northbrook; visit northbrook.il.us/pickleball for more details
10am-6pm – Meadowhill Aquatic Center open
7-9pm – DJ performance at the Velodrome at Meadowhill Park
9pm (Dusk) – Fireworks at Meadowhill Park and Techny Prairie Park and Fields 

Other Events
4th of July Decorating Contest – Residents and businesses are invited to enter a 4th of July decorating contest. Registrants will receive a “decorating pack” including a custom 4th of July sign, streamers, balloons, and other items for a festive display (while supplies last). Pictures of each display will be posted on the Village’s Facebook page for voting. The three displays with the most votes will win gift cards to Northbrook restaurants. Register here (deadline: June 25) and get more details below.
Neighborhood Bike Parades, July 3-4 – Sign up to host a neighborhood bike parade on your street. Registrants will receive “party packs” including sunglasses, pinwheels, mini flags, and more items for a festive parade (while supplies last). The Village will drop off and pick up traffic-control barricades (maximum time of two hours). Register here (deadline: June 25) and get more details below.
Northbrook Baseball 4th of July Tournament, July 2-4 – Visit northbrookbaseball.org for more information.

Additional Details
4th of July Decorating Contest – Participate in the Village of Northbrook's 4th of July Decorating Contest! Decorate your front yard, porch, house, or business for the community to see. Fill out this form by end of business on Friday, June 25 to be added to the Village's map of participants, to sign up to receive a "decorating pack," and to participate in the voting process on the Village's Facebook page (picture required for voting). 

Decorating packs can be picked up at Village Hall starting Monday, June 28, while supplies last. Packs include a custom 4th of July sign, streamers, balloons, flags, and other items for a festive display. During registration, participants may select whether or not they want to pick up a decorating pack. 

To be included in the voting process, participants must submit a photo of their display by 9am on Friday, July 2, to pr@northbrook.il.us. By noon on July 2, photos will be posted to the Village's Facebook page at facebook.com/northbrookillinois for voting (1 like = 1 vote). The three photos with the most likes will win gift cards to Northbrook restaurants ($100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd and 3rd place). Voting will close at 9am on Tuesday, July 6. 

Decorating Contest Rules & Regulations:

  • Displays must be appropriate for a family audience.
  • The Village of Northbrook reserves the right to exclude any displays that do not meet our guidelines or that feature content not aligned with our mission.
  • Displays are not a place for commercial marketing.
  • Registrations are limited to one per household, per location.
  • Registration for the decorating contest and/or tagging with related photos or videos on social media grants the Village of Northbrook permission to use your images, media, and footage on any platform.

Neighborhood Bike Parades – Sign up to host a neighborhood bike parade on your street either Saturday, July 3, or Sunday, July 4! Fill out this form by end of business on Friday, June 25 to participate.

Registrants will receive “party packs” including sunglasses, pinwheels, mini flags, and more items for a festive parade. Party packs can be picked up at Village Hall starting Monday, June 28, while supplies last. During registration, participants may select whether or not they want to pick up a party pack. 

The Village will drop off and pick up traffic-control barricades (maximum time of two hours). When the bike parade is over, barricades must be returned to the location they were dropped off at as to not obstruct traffic. Barricades will be dropped off before 3pm on Friday, July 2, and picked up following the 4th of July weekend. 

If you would like to share pictures of your neighborhood bike parade for the Village's use on social media and in newsletters, email pr@northbrook.il.us.

Note: The street must be cleared within two minutes for any emergencies. This means no permanent objects in street during the scheduled event.

Plein Air Painting Festival

The Northbrook Arts Commission, in partnership with the Park District, hosts the annual Plein Air Painting Festival. Held in the fall, the event features dozens of artists painting Northbrook landscapes throughout the Village. The event features live music, painting demonstrations, and a chance to purchase original art. Check back for details on the 2021 event!

National Night Out

Join Northbrook Police and the Northbrook Park District on the first Tuesday in August for an evening of fun, food, music, games, and prizes. National Night Out is designed to promote the partnership between the police and the community and to share information about crime prevention and public safety. The event is held at Meadowhill Aquatic Center from 6 to 9pm.

Check back for details on the 2021 event!

Halloween Spooky Trail

Celebrate the spirit of the season on the Halloween Spooky Trail, presented by the Village of Northbrook, the Northbrook Arts Commission, the Northbrook Park District, and the Northbrook Library.

Check back for details on the 2021 event!

Celebration of Cultures

Each year, the Village’s Community Relations Commission (CRC) hosts a Celebration of Cultures featuring many of the cultures represented in the North Shore.

Check back for details on the 2021 event!

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a time to thank and honor all those who served in the military, both in wartime and peacetime. This day is a time to remember our veterans, as well as those currently serving.

Check back for details on the 2021 event!

Earth & Arbor Day

Since 1989, the Village and Park District have hosted an annual Earth & Arbor Day Celebration in April. The celebration includes recycling opportunities, a sustainable vendor exhibition, and volunteer opportunities. 

Check back for details on the 2022 event!

Memorial Day

Please join us in observing Memorial Day to honor those who gave their lives for our country. 

The Village is streaming a virtual ceremony with the American Legion Post 791. Watch the service below.

Check back for details on the 2022 event!