Welcome to Brookdale!
Brookdale is a warm and welcoming community whose neighborhood character reflects its rural farm history. Our residents, a lively mix of long-time residents and newcomers, cherish Brookdale for both its many amenities and its friendly and caring spirit. It is a great place to live and a great place to raise a family.
Brookdale is part of the City of Naperville, in the county of DuPage. Our school district, Indian Prairie School District 204, is a top-performing district providing educational leadership to Illinois schools.
Brookdale is conveniently located in the northwest corner of Naperville, close to the I-88 Tollway via the Route 59 or Winfield Road exits. In addition, we are minutes from the Burlington Northern Metra station on Route 59. Our boundaries are McDowell Road (north), Raymond Drive (east), North Aurora Road (south) and Route 59 (west).
In addition to the ease of access to major transportation routes, Brookdale offers the following community appeals:
- Proximity to transportation (I-88, Route 59 and Metra)
• Proximity to area shopping and Downtown Naperville
• Proximity to McDowell Forest Preserve (walk or bike ride)
• Strong neighborhood association (BHA) with active social and civic affairs
• Brookdale Racquet Club pool and tennis facilities
• Neighborhood beauty, character and values
• Neighborhood churches within borders
• Neighborhood senior residences for keeping parents close
• Location of elementary and middle schools within neighborhood boundaries
• School excellence:
History of Brookdale
Brookdale is a neighborhood of 882 homes constructed between 1976 and the present. Before Brookdale was annexed to the city of Naperville, the land was home to three large farms. The Erhart, Keller and McDowell families raised cattle here. The children of these families attended a one-room school house.
Prior to the arrival of white settlers in the 1830s, Naperville was home to ancient villages. Indigenous peoples lived in the area for over 8,000 years. In 1673, the Illiniwek Indians greeted French explorers Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet. By 1800, Pottawatomi Indian villages stood where Naperville and Brookdale are now.
Indian Prairie School District 204 refers to the tall grass prairie, the native ecosystem, that provided such fertile farmland to area pioneers. Our high school, Metea Valley High School, was named after the chief of a nearby Indian village, Chief Metea.
Brookdale honors the legacy of these early residents by fostering a strong community spirit that reflects the open, neighborly quality of an American farm community and the caring interdependence of an Indian tribe.