Deerfield is an affluent, kid-friendly community located on the North Shore, 28 miles from Chicago. The village is centrally located, just a few miles from attractions such as Ravinia Park and the Chicago Botanical Gardens. Deerfield’s shops are highly accessible as it is one of the most walkable communities in its area. With its highly rated schools, prominent sports teams, and pristine town square, Deerfield is an all-American town for the all-American family.
Deerfield is located 28 miles from downtown Chicago.
During the 1982 and 1987 NFL players strikes, the Chicago Bears held their practices at Deerfield High School.
Deerfield’s Berto Center is the current practice facility for the Chicago Bulls.
Deerfield is home to many major businesses including Walgreens, Baxter Healthcare, and APAC Customer Services.
Deerfield has been home to a number of Bulls players including Will Purdue, John Paxson, Ron Artest, Kirk Hinrich, Derrick Rose, and Phil Jackson.
Deerfield has a sister city in Ludinghausen, Germany.
Population (2000)- Total 18,420
Density 3,359.4/sq mi (1,297/km2)
Median income $118,683
Deerfield was known as Le Clair until 1850 when one of the original settlers, John Millen, suggested the name Deerfield after his hometown in Massachusetts. Fellow residents approved the name in honor of the deer abounding in the area.
The first school in the village was founded and named by the Wilmot family in 1947. Originally a one-room schoolhouse, it was replaced by what is now called Wilmot Elementary. The Deerfield Historic Society has preserved a one-room schoolhouse in the style of the original Wilmot School for families to visit.
The median home value in Deerfield is $342,900. There are 5260 single-family homes in Deerfield.
The number of occupied housing units is 6,420, or 98.5 of the total units in Deerfield. 5,778 homes are owner-occupied and 642 are renter-occupied.
There are 98 vacant homes in Deerfield. The cost of a single-family home ranges from $150,000 to $1,000,000 +. Apartments can be rented for $800-$1500 for a 1- bedroom unit, $1100-$2200+ for a 2-bedroom, and $1500-$3000+ for a 3-bedroom.
Café Mistiko at 20510 Milwaukee Avenue (847) 520-1892 is a sports bar with a surprisingly extensive dinner menu, including many Greek specialties. The Loukaniko and dip platters are highly recommended.
Deerfield is just 4 miles away from the Chicago Botanic Garden- 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe (847) 835-5440, a world-famous attraction perfect for nature-lovers of all ages. The 385-acre Garden includes 24 display gardens and 4 natural areas, including a Rose Garden that features over 5,000 unique rose varieties. The Botanic Gardens are kid-friendly, with a variety of Family Drop-In activities. With outdoor music every Tuesday night, the gardens are also a great place for adults to get away.
The Marriot Theater in Lincolnshire at 10 Marriot Drive (847) 634-0200 is another preferred entertainment destination for Deerfield residents. Located just 6 miles away, the theater showcases classic musicals and a number of matinee events for children. Visitors rave that a bad seat cannot be found and the acoustics rival New York Off-Broadway theaters.
Par-King Skill Golf at 21711 Milwaukee Avenue, Lincolnshire (847) 965-3333 is another nearby spot for kid-friendly activities. It has been featured on the Travel Channel as a local and tourist favorite. The park features many bright, beautifully designed vintage-style holes, fountains, and topiaries. A number of the wooden sculptures are modeled after famous buildings, including the Willis Tower and the Taj Mahal. With its picnic area and special group-rates, Par-King is an excellent place to host children’s birthday parties.
Seafood lovers will appreciate the fresh fish and wide selection at Wildfish on 730 Waukegan Road (847) 317-9453. While known for their sushi rolls—such as the Wild Tartar made with salmon and spicy tuna—Wildfish offers a variety of tasty entrees from grilled fish to succulent steaks. The atmosphere is chic and modern, perfect for a quiet night out or a dress-to-impress date!
Diners seeking a more casual environment enjoy Kevin’s Place, a classic diner on 808 North Waukegan Road (847) 945-4577. The restaurant features a famously friendly owner, Kevin, who is as accommodating as he is entertaining. Locals recommend Kevin’s as a great place for kids, Sunday brunch, and mouth-watering crunchy French toast.
Tony’s Submarine on 1480 Waukegan Road (847) 948-5022 is the prime spot for sandwich lovers. Regulars commend the fresh-baked Italian bread and the meatball sub. Tony’s also offers great ice cream, shakes, and a daily soup special.
Deerfield is 5 miles away from Ravinia Park at 200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park (847) 266-5100, which hosts many of Chicagoland’s most popular music events. The summer music festival runs from June to September, attracting over 600,0000 listeners every year. From the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to the Counting Crows, there’s something to please every music lover. With its wide lawn surrounding multiples stages, Ravinia is an ideal spot for picnicking with a bottle of wine and a group of friends. Ravinia also features options for fine dining, including Mirabelle and Park View. Both restaurants are known for mixing sophisticated dishes with seasonal local produce. Just steps away from the Ravinia Park Metra station, Ravinia is accessible to any Deerfield resident.
The Jewett Park Tree-House at 836 Jewett Park Drive (847) 945-0650 is an indoor playground, perfect for rain or shine. The park includes an eight-foot tube slide, mountain climb, spring walk, web crawl, and other fun activities.