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Lake Forest


There’s an amazing community on the shore of a Great Lake. A center for the arts with two symphonies and a thriving theater life. A true college town rubbing shoulders with a nationally-ranked school system. A place that corporate America looks to for dynamic living and working. A town smack in the middle of two great Midwestern cities with two international airports. A city where Bears freely roam, and dogs have a place to play. A community of magnificent estates and homes of every conceivable size. A Market Square with restaurants and shopping and energy. More than 800 acres of free and open space to explore the surrounding beauty of nature or take on the 29 miles of trails to hike, run and bike away the days. A place that welcomes people home to the passion and the purpose of great living. Lake Forest, Illinois. Welcome home.

City Hall


220 E. Deerpath


Monday - Friday
8 a.m-4:30 p.m.


Population: 19,375
Housing Units: 7,444
Area: 17.2 square miles
County: Lake
Townships: Shields, Moraine, Libertyville, West Deerfield and Vernon
Government: Council-Manager
City Council: Mayor and two Aldermen from each of the City’s four wards
Incorporated: Feb. 21, 1861, under Special Charter

Public Transportation: Metra commuter rail service via the Milwaukee District North Line (West Lake Forest) and the Union Pacific North Line
(East Lake Forest).

Shopping & Service Areas: Market Square and the central business district including Deerpath Plaza and Lake Forest Plaza; Far North Western Avenue between Woodland Road and Alden Lane; West Lake Forest at Waukegan and Everett roads including Settlers Square and Sunset Corners.

Lake Forest Shopping

Lake Forest Dining

City Hall