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Lake Forest

It offers a laid-back, tranquil lifestyle that is far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Welcome to Lake Forest

With historic homes and open spaces, Lake Forest is postcard-perfect

Lake Forest is one of North Shore’s most desirable communities and, once you’ve been here, it’s not difficult to understand why. This affluent community is situated along Lake Michigan, having gained a reputation for its open lands and lakefront views. Lake Forest is known for its stunning and historic architecture, with many buildings dating back to the 1800s. Estates designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Howard Van Doren Shaw and many other famed architects can be found interspersed throughout the community. The town offers a diverse mix of architectural styles, spanning from Queen Anne to Contemporary, and enabling potential buyers to find a style that suits them.
The town was first founded in 1857 as a stop for travelers making their way to Chicago. Since its early days, the community has flourished into an esteemed and exclusive neighborhood and is considered one of the top suburban destinations in the Chicagoland area. Plus, it’s located just 35 miles north of downtown Chicago, which means that locals can take advantage of easy access to Chicago’s big-city amenities.

What to Love

  • Incredible, public recreational facilities and Deerpath Golf Course
  • Beautiful, highly rated, Lake Forest High School
  • Historic architecture and a rich history
  • Beautifully preserved open space and lakefront location

Local Lifestyle

With a population of just under 20,000, Lake Forest offers a small-town charm and tight-knit sense of community. It offers a laid-back, tranquil lifestyle that is far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life. Residents from all walks of life have made their home here, ranging from families looking for a community with great schools to retirees looking to settle down.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

While Lake Forest might be considered a small town, life here is anything but boring. On the contrary, this vibrant community offers plenty when it comes to dining, entertainment, and shopping. Enjoy some retail therapy at Historic Market Square, a historical shopping and lifestyle destination. Having first opened in 1916, it is the first shopping center in the country designed for automobile parking. 
Surprise your special someone with flowers from Lake Forest Flowers. Dating back to 1917, this local shop is one of the town’s oldest businesses. A family-owned store, Lake Forest Flowers offers a wide selection of flowers, plants, and gift baskets to find just what you’re looking for. Enjoy a staycation at The Deerpath Inn, which is nationally acclaimed by Travel Industry. 
Enjoy an elevated dining experience at The Gallery, a creative space that features art exhibits and top-notch cuisine. Le Colonial, located in the historic Market Square, is another refined restaurant that’s the perfect place for celebrating a special occasion.

Things to Do

Regardless of your interests or hobbies, you can find something in Lake Forest. The town is proud to offer a robust calendar of exciting events throughout the year, such as Lake Forest Day Parade and Carnival. This family-friendly event takes place in the summer and consists of a parade, carnival, music, and games. Bagpipes and Bonfire is a local fall tradition and is a fundraiser for Lake Forest Open Lands.
Connect with nature at Forest Park Beach, a 29-acre park with a large beach and grass areas. Open year-round, visitors can enjoy walking paths, a fishing pier, a boat launching ramp, and swimming. During winter, head over to West Park Ice Rink for a memorable time of ice skating.


Lake Forest is served by the Lake Forest Schools and is proud to offer a number of explementary educational opportunities for its students:

Public Schools


  • Everett Elementary, K-4
  • Sheridan Elementary, K-4
  • Cherokee Elementary, K-4
Middle School

  • Deerpath Middle School, 5-8
High School

  • Lake Forest High School, 9-12
Private Schools

  • Forest Bluff Montessori School
  • Lake Forest Country Day School
  • Lake Forest Academy
  • Woodlands Academy
  • St. Mary’s School



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