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Lake Forest is a recreational city with an abundance of programs, events and facilities for all. Lake Forest Parks and Recreation program brochures are mailed to every Lake Forest household three times per year. Facilities and services include:

  • Recreation Center
  • Lake Forest Fitness Center with strength training, cardio & free-weights
  • Group exercise classes & personal trainers
  • Full locker/shower rooms
  • Childcare services
  • Kinderhaven Preschool
  • Lake Forest Dance Academy
  • Gymnasium
  • Racquetball/squash courts
  • Forest Park Beach (beach hotline 847-634-6702)
  • Stirling Hall Arts Center
  • Community Parks with baseball diamonds, tennis courts, play equipment, grills, pavilions and restrooms
  • Walking trails
  • Outdoor ice skating (winter)
  • Deerpath Golf Course
  • Wildlife Discovery Center

Lake Bluff Park District

The Lake Bluff Park District offers activities for children and adults such as day camp, tennis, softball, dance, early childhood enrichment, basketball, youth sports, before and after-school care, gymnastics and more. Facilities and services include:

  • Recreation Center
  • Lake Bluff Health & Fitness Center
  • Strength training, cardio and free-weight areas
  • Spin® room and group exercise studio
  • Indoor walking/running track
  • Full locker/shower rooms
  • The Lake Bluff Preschool with four early childhood education rooms
  • Gymnasium
  • Gymnastics Room
  • Dance Studios
  • Community Room
  • Childcare Room
  • Platform Tennis
  • Blair Park Pool
  • Sunrise Park & Beach
  • Eight community parks featuring athletic fields, tennis courts, play equipment and restrooms
  • Lake Bluff Golf Club
  • Outdoor ice skating rink & sledding hill (winter)

Special Recreation

The Lake Bluff Park District and Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Department are members of the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA), which provides recreation programs for adults and children with mental, physical and emotional disabilities.

Senior Services

Dickinson Hall 100 E. Old Mill Road, LF
Dickinson Hall serves Lake Bluff and Lake Forest residents 50 years of age and older. The center offers a diverse program of educational and recreational activities as well as transportation and social services.

Youth Services

Committee Representing Our Young Adults (CROYA) 400 Hastings Road, LF
Open to all students Grade 7-12 living in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff and Knollwood, CROYA provides a safe, fun, accepting and inclusive place for young adults to hang out, break down barriers, make new friends, gain valuable life skills and experiences, and feel comfortable being themselves. Students can participate in a variety of programs and activities including retreats, service projects and social events.