2020 NORTHBROOK DAYS FESTIVAL CANCELED, BUT RAFFLE TRADITION CONTINUES
May 12, 2020 – NORTHBROOK, IL – The Northbrook Civic Foundation regrets to announce today its
decision to cancel the 2020 Northbrook Days Festival due to public health concerns surrounding the
COVID-19 pandemic. The 96 th annual festival was scheduled for August 5-9, 2020.
The Festival Committee is developing a plan to still conduct a raffle so the foundation can at least
partially continue its mission of funding college scholarships for graduating high school seniors and
grants for local community organizations. Details will be announced as they are finalized.
“Given the serious public health concerns and the state orders limiting large public gatherings, we see
no logical path toward hosting the village’s largest event safely this year,” said Ellen Westel, president of
the Northbrook Civic Foundation, which plans and hosts Northbrook Days. “We are saddened to say that
like so many summer traditions, we will need to take this year off, but we look forward to planning
Northbrook Days 2021.”
“In addition to the raffle, we will look for other means of fundraising so we can continue our mission of
giving scholarships and grants back to the community,” Westel said.
Earlier this year, the Northbrook Civic Foundation reached an agreement with the Northbrook Park
District and Village of Northbrook to allow Northbrook Days to return to the downtown area, including
portions of Village Green Park, for the 2020 festival.
Planned and staffed by volunteers, with support from the park district and village, Northbrook Days is a
summer tradition that brings our community together, while being a testament to local generosity. Each
year the festival features a wide variety of local food and beverage options, exciting carnival games and
rides, big ticket raffle prizes, great live music. Northbrook Days is the only annual fundraiser for the
Northbrook Civic Foundation, which has been supporting the local community for more than 100 years.
Over the years, the Northbrook Civic Foundation has provided grants to many Northbrook non-profit
and social service agencies, including: Northbrook Park District, Northbrook Public Library, Youth
Services of Glenview/Northbrook, Village of Northbrook, International Center on Deafness & the Arts,
Northbrook Community Nursery School, Northbrook Historical Society, Northfield Township Food
Pantry, North Suburban YMCA, Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts, Glenbrook North Grad Night, The Josselyn
Center, Northbrook Community Garden, Northbrook Centennial Plaza, Northbrook Symphony, Special
Gifts Theatre, Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA), Northbrook Baseball, Care
Packages to Military Northbrook residents overseas, and Northbrook Citizens for Drug and Alcohol
About Northbrook Civic Foundation
The Northbrook Civic Foundation was originally established in 1907 as the Shermerville Improvement
Club. The Civic name was adopted in 1925. The Northbrook Civic Foundation, a non-profit volunteer
organization of neighbors and friends, has raised more than $3.2 million and converted those funds into
scholarships for college-bound students and donated to worthwhile organizations in Northbrook.