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Lake County's oldest building, the Caspar Ott log house, is part of the Deerfield Historic Village. The village is made up of five buildings, including a one-room school house, that date back to the earlier part of the 19th and 20th centuries. The Historical Society made efforts to get the circa 1903 Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railway passenger depot preserved and listed on the National Register of Historic places. In addition, the Lyman Wilmot House was a safe house for runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Deerfield is half again as high as the U.S. average. The biggest factor in the cost is housing although there are affordable homes within the city limits. Most of Deerfield is situated in the southern end of Lake County with a small section overflowing into Cook County. Even though Deerfield has been settled by people in one form or another for almost 200 years, the area didn't see a lot of development until the 1950s. There are mid-century ranch homes, 1970s-era homes with mansard roofs, oversized single-family homes from the 1980s until the current era. Smaller homes are frequently torn down in favor of building a larger home. Property taxes are commensurate with the size of the home and surrounding land that makes up the property but tend to be reasonable.
Deerfield is well-served by train, bus, and surface roads. Access to I-94 and the Edens Expressway is a short distance to the west of town. Lake Cook Road is a major east-west road located to the south that ends at the lakefront to the east and Barrington to the west. Route 43 (Waukegan Road) travels northwest towards Gurnee and the western edge of Chicago to the south. The Metra commuter rail station, located on Deerfield Road, travels along the Milwaukee North line that travels southeast to Chicago and northwest to Fox Lake. Another Metra rail station is located a few miles away in Highland Park on St. Johns Avenue. Pace suburban bus transit operates several routes that travel to corporate campuses, nearby communities, and major retail destinations in the area.
Deerfield Public Schools District 109 serves all the elementary and middle school children that live in Deerfield. There are four elementary schools and two middle schools. A majority of high school students attend Deerfield High School with a small amount attending Highland Park High School. Deerfield High School consistently receives high ranking from parents and reached the #5 spot for high schools in Illinois in 2015. Students of all ages perform their school work in an environment that combines technology and innovation. The goal of the administration is to reach all students and give them a quality education.
Deerfield is full of interesting attractions that keep residents busy. Bike routes throughout the village accommodate bike riders of all levels by connecting with bike routes in neighboring communities. The Harvest Fest in the fall gives a nod to the village's history as a farming community with a farmer's market, games for older kids, live music, food, and alcoholic beverages. And don't miss the Winter Celebration with business of all sizes participating in the fun with activities for kids and things for the adults to do. Deerfield focuses on offering residents the feel of a small-town lifestyle where everyone knows everyone else.
Disclaimer: School attendance zone boundaries are supplied by Maponics and are subject to change. Check with the applicable school district prior to making a decision based on these boundaries.