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Economic Development Update: April 2016

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, so if you are in need of assistance in finding retail space, please contact the Office of Economic Development.  

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.

Meet some of Lake Forest's local business owners: 

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 Susan Kelsey, Office of Economic Development, as she would be happy to answer 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.




(Photos provided by Bloom & Focus, Kerri Sherman)


Lake Forest Preservation Foundation's 40th Birthday Party and Community Open House (01:00 PM - 03:00 PM)

Event's details
November 19, 2016
Time:01:00 PM - 03:00 PM



Friday, October 7, 2016

Invitation to Bid: East & West Lake Forest Train Stations

The City extends an invitation to submit proposals for sublease of space at the east and west Lake Forest train stations. more >

220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600
Non-Emergency Police:  (847) 234-2601

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