The Northbrook legion group was chartered by the American Legion in 1936 as the George W. Benjamin Post 791
in memory of Shermerville’s first resident killed in the war near De Coetquien, France. He is now buried at Mt. Carmel
Cemetery, Hillside, IL.
The year following its charter, the post began a long association with the Civic Association co-sponsoring the annual
Northbrook Days event, providing and erecting booths for the event. Over the years, the funds received by the post
their participation in Northbrook Days helped pay for the three-acre land site and erect the facility, which was
But the Legion Post and Civic Association parted ways about 1953 and the Legion began sponsoring their own
Days event on their property. Round-Up Days continued until 1987. That year the Post sold one acre
site to a
After discontinuing Round-Up Days, the Benjamin Post began sponsoring a weekly Bingo game on Thursday evenings
Fish Fry on Friday evenings. For many years the Post also sponsored a team in the American Legion Baseball
1966 and 1967, the Post 791 made it to the Legion’s National Championship finals but was unable to
claim the National
The Legion has sponsored and organized the Memorial Day parade for years, which is the biggest of the Northbrook
parades. It was a popular event attracting big crowds and included the members of the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Little
League teams, 4H Club, Junior Legionnaires, units from the Northbrook Fire and Police Departments, and in 1956,
of the U.S. Army Nike team then stationed in Northbrook.
Many of these events continued, but in 2006, the Legion sold the remaining 1.5-acre site and building and moved into
smaller quarters at 1354 Shermer Ave just north of the railroad tracks in downtown Northbrook, where it remains
The Benjamin Post continues to focus on supporting Veterans at the Veterans Home in Manteno, IL and at the nearby
James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago. In addition, it awards scholarships to students and
family members attending Glenbrook North High School and supports other local charities.
Charles A. Sengstock Jr