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Fort Sheridan

The community offers a laid-back and quiet atmosphere with a peaceful, harmonious connection to nature.

Welcome to Fort Sheridan

Lakefront living and awe-inspiring views

A historic residential community, Fort Sheridan is a North Shore neighborhood on Lake Michigan. The development is conveniently situated among the celebrated neighborhoods of Highland Park and Highwood, providing residents with a respite from the busyness of city life. Fort Sheridan first originated as an army base in 1889. Renowned landscape designer O.C. Simonds meticulously merged the military’s needs with the land’s rolling terrain. Today, the development has blossomed into a thriving place to reside, allowing its lucky residents with breathtaking views of Lake Michigan. 
Rich in history, you can immerse yourself in the area’s past at the Fort Sheridan Historical Society. First established in 2016, the society was formed to educate and promote the Fort and its history from the late 1880s to the present. Guests can participate in walking tours, hear local speakers, and check out house tours.

What to Love

  • Breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and close access to nature
  • A harmonious and peaceful atmosphere
  • Close access to abundant shopping and dining offerings

Local Lifestyle

Fort Sheridan offers a breath of fresh air from the hustle and bustle of city life. Instead, the community offers a laid-back and quiet atmosphere with a peaceful, harmonious connection to nature. Individuals from a range of backgrounds have chosen to make Fort Sheridan their home. The neighborhood is popular amongst retirees, working professionals, and families. It’s an ideal option for homeowners seeking outdoor activities and enjoying nature.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Although it is a residential community, Fort Sheridan still has plenty to offer in terms of dining, entertainment, and shopping offerings. Make a reservation at Miramar Bistro for a refined dining experience. This vibrant, upscale bar and eatery offers a blend of family-friendly cooking and distinguished fine dining with Cuban flavors.
Treat yourself to a drink after work at 28 Mile Distilling Company. Located in Highwood, 28 Mile offers a refined tasting room and elevated cocktail experience. Pazzo di Vino is a micro-winery located in Highwood and serves as a chic spot to catch up with a friend or on a date.
As a hub for arts and culture, spend an afternoon exploring the Fine Art Studio Rotblatt Amrany. This family-owned business features the work of talented, experienced artists who specialize in figurative bronze sculpture commissions. The Midwest Young Artists Conservatory is the largest and most comprehensive youth music ensemble program in the midwest. They offer unparalleled orchestral, chamber, jazz, and choral music education of the highest quality with nearly 1000 students.

Things to Do

Fort Sheridan is one of only a few places in Lake County that offer free public access to Lake Michigan, as well as a breathtaking lake overlook perched on a 70-foot-high bluff. Known for its pristine natural areas and inspiring views, Fort Sheridan is especially popular amongst birdwatchers. It is home to several rare species not found elsewhere in the region. Lake County Forest Preserves is spread over 250 acres and provides guests and visitors alike with ample recreational opportunities. 
Locals can look forward to a colorful array of community events that take place throughout the year. If you’re new to town, the wide variety of events provides the perfect opportunity for you to get connected in your community. Popular festivals include Oktoberfest, Movies Under the Stars, WinterFest, and Community Day.


Fort Sheridan is proud to offer its students a wide array of highly-regarded educational opportunities, including: 


  • Wayne Thomas Elementary, K-5
  • Oak Terrace, Elementary K-5
Junior High School

  • Northwood Junior High School, 6-8
High School

  • Highland Park High School, 9-12

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