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Settlers first arrived in Northfield in the 1850s to farm hay and grain, packing straw from the Skokie Swamps, mushrooms and horseradish. But the community changed dramatically in the early 1920s when the Skokie Valley Line of the North Shore Railway was built. The Village began to attract other North Shore families who liked its small size and remote country atmosphere.
Today, more than 5,000 people call Northfield home. The shopping district features a mix of antique shops, gift stores and specialty retailers. Dining options in Northfield are diverse and abundant, with many restaurants offering inviting al fresco seating during the summer.
The Northfield Community Center, built in 1998, contains a full size gym, batting cage, basketball hoops, fitness center, residents center, and board room.