Learn more about our village
On May 8, 1993, the Chicago Tribune wrote “The real character of Brookfield is clearly evident. Friendliness and family orientation are two traits almost everyone in town highlights as primary reasons they like calling Brookfield home.” Brookfield, said the Tribune, is a “community that puts family first, and quite possibly second, third and fourth as well.” The article went on to say “The whole town, it seems, is on a first-name basis and the village president picks up his own telephone.”
Fast forward 20 years. In 2013, Chicago magazine recognized the Village of Brookfield as one of the top places in metro Chicago for first-time home buyers. The magazine asks, “Like nature? You’ll love this western suburb, which is home to Brookfield Zoo and a stretch of the Salt Creek forest preserve. You can easily find a brick bungalow or a postwar Georgian for under $200,000.”
Conveniently located 13 miles west of downtown Chicago (41 degrees North Latitude, 87 degrees West Longitude), with easy access to trains, buses, highways, and airports, Brookfield is an established, stable, and serene suburb of only 3.1 square miles. We are often called “the world’s most visited village” because the world famous Brookfield Zoo attracts so many visitors. On a quiet morning it is not unusual to hear the roar of a lion or an elephant trumpet.
Brookfield is a vibrant diverse community of 19,476 individuals supporting a variety of churches, good schools, an excellent library, low taxes, convenient transportation, and extensive parks and recreation programs. We are committed to economic development, modernizing, building, and making our neighborhoods better and safer. Whether shopping, dining, or enjoying the zoo, you will find our humble village a remarkable and friendly place. A great place to live, raise a family, shop, and do business, Brookfield is truly a community in every sense of the word.
Homeowner Welcome Guide
New to Brookfield? To learn more about the Village and the professional municipal services delivered to residents, please download our Homeowner Welcome Guide. If you want a high-quality copy in print, please come by Village Hall and staff would be happy to provide one.