As one of the predominant suburbs that make up Chicago's North Shore region, the Village of Deerfield is located on the border of Lake and Cook Counties and has a population over 18,000. The spacious suburban character, superlative schools and quiet atmosphere of Deerfield's residential neighborhoods are among the community's greatest assets.
The Village of Deerfield enjoys a strategic location on Chicago's North Shore - ideal for commuters and business relocation. The area's advantageous location places it near two major metropolitan areas and the conveniences, culture, and employment opportunities that come with them. Chicago's bustling Loop can be reached in an approximately, 45-minute drive, while Milwaukee, WI is accessible within about an hour of the [Deerfield] region. In addition, the shores of Lake Michigan can be discovered less than five miles to the east. Commuters enjoy a quick, efficient network of interstates, U.S. highways, state routes and local thoroughfares. Metra Rail service - with two stations in Deerfield - provides rapid transit to Chicago and a wealth of surrounding suburbs. O'Hare International Airport is a 15-mile drive away, and Midway Airport can be reached in about an hour.
Economically vibrant commercial areas and gathering places for residents are priorities in Deerfield. The Village Center serves as the focus of community life in town, as it is within walking or bicycling distance of virtually all of Deerfield's neighborhoods. The village has approximately 11.4% of its land dedicated to parks and open space. The public parks scattered throughout the village provide a variety of amenities and activities for residents.
There is also an 18-hole Deerfield Golf Club in Riverwoods, two outdoor pools, a nature area and a skate park. Likewise, its programs and services have grown and evolved in order to meet the ever- changing needs of area children, adults, and families. The 100,000-square-foot renovated recreation center features a regulation-sized gymnasium and two middle-school-sized gymnasiums; three tennis and two racquetball courts; a fitness center and weight rooms; a four-lane, 20-yard, indoor lap pool; a four-lane walking/jogging track; group fitness space; a pre-teen game room; a café; and more. Supplementing the facilities is a wide selection of programs, ranging from aquatics and athletic leagues to gymnastics, fitness, wellness, and recreation classes, and before- and after-Kindergarten programs.
Midtown Athletic Club, located in nearby Bannockburn, is the North Shore region's leading tennis club with 9 indoor courts, 10 outdoor Har-Tru clay courts, 4 platform tennis courts, indoor & outdoor pools, fitness & wellness center, and state-of-the-art spa services. Ryerson Woods, an expansive forest preserve in neighboring Riverwoods, spans 552 acres of unspoiled native land with 6.5 miles of scenic trails, a variety of endangered wildlife and plant species, and year-round programs for children and adults.
Shopping and dining opportunities are plentiful and convenient in Deerfield, with a bustling network of shops and stores at Lake Cook & Waukegan Roads, big box stores at Deerbrook Mall, Deerfield Park Plaza, and Deerfield Square. Popular nearby destinations include the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, and Ravinia Festival in Highland Park.
More than 3,100 K-8 students are enrolled within Deerfield Public School District 109's six facilities. Among these schools are Kipling Elementary, Walden Elementary, South Park Elementary, Wilmot Elementary, Shepard Middle School, and Caruso Middle School. Two of these six facilities have recently garnered recognition as a 2008 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. Wilmot Elementary and Shepard Middle Schools are among 10 schools in the state to earn this prestigious accolade.
Township High School District 113's student body is composed of 3,640 students who attend one of two high schools—Deerfield High School or Highland Park High School. Students regularly go above and beyond the statewide averages for test scores. In fact, the class of 2008 earned the district's highest ACT scores in the last five years. Additionally, more than 95 percent of the graduating students in 2008 have continued on the path to higher learning.