The City of Lake Forest is one of the most distinctive communities in the United States and home to over 1,200 businesses. From quaint shops in the historic downtown to several national and international corporations off of bustling I-94, Lake Forest is home to several of Chicagoland's most popular retailers and a wide assortment of four-star and casual dining establishments. Current retail vacancy is around 3% in Lake Forest.
As one of the largest communities in Lake County, Illinois and located 30 miles north of Chicago, Lake Forest business owners enjoy easy access to major interstate highways, O'Hare International Airport, the Waukegan Executive Airports, and passenger railroad systems.
Lake Forest welcomes new businesses and is committed to helping new and existing businesses prosper. Whether you are a business looking for a new home in Lake Forest or are already a member of our community, a number of resources are available on this city website. If you are considering opening a business in Lake Forest, please e-mail Cathy Czerniak, Director of Community Development to discuss any questions you may have.
An online calendar for information on cultural and community events available in the Lake Forest community can be accessed on the web site hosted by the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce.
The City of Lake Forest has several business districts:
Historic Market Square is located on the east side of Lake Forest in the central business district. Market Square, designed in 1917 by Howard Van Doren Shaw is considered one of the original shopping centers and most automibile friendly place in America.
Settler's Square is located on the west side of Lake Forest on Waukegan Road. Settler's Square is home to Sunset Foods, Postnet, Lake Forest Hardware, Ferentinos, Sushi Kushi and many other retail stores.
Forest Square is located on the west side of Lake Forest on Waukegan Road. Forest Square is home to Starbucks, Lou Malnati's, JImmy Johns and many other retail stores.
Conway Park at Lake Forest is located on Route 60, just east of I-94. Conway is home to many international corporations such as Abbott, Brunswick, Chicago Bears, Conway Farms, Pfizer, Idex, Pactiv, Tenneco, Trustmark Insurance and many other corporations.
For a list of Lake Forest businesses, visit the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce Directory here.