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Lake Forest is located in the North Shore area, at 42°14′5″N 87°51′3″W (42.234788, -87.851042).[3]

According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 17.24 square miles (44.7 km2), of which 17.18 square miles (44.5 km2) (or 99.65%) is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2) (or 0.41%) is water.[4]

As Lake Forest was first developed in 1857, the planners laid roads that would provide very limited access to the city in an effort to prevent outside traffic and further isolate the tranquil settlement from neighboring areas. Though considerably more accessible today, due in part to the extensive new construction taking place further west, the much smaller neighborhood of eastern Lake Forest, near the coast of Lake Michigan, remains relatively secluded and is one of the most scenic, historical, and architecturally significant suburbs of Chicago. These neighborhoods include estates and homes designed by distinguished architects like Howard Van Doren Shaw, David Adler, Frank Lloyd Wright, Arthur Heun, Jerome Cerny, Henry Ives Cobb, and modernist George Fred Keck among others. Landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Jens Jensen also designed projects in Lake Forest. Market Square, designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw, was completed in 1916 as a commercial center for Lake Forest.

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220 Deerpath
Lake Forest, IL


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Concerts in the Square (06:30 PM - 08:30 PM)

Event's details
July 27, 2017
Time:06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Location: Market Square, Lake Forest, IL -60045

Enjoy summer nights with free live music in Market Square!

Historic Preservation Commission and Building Review Board Tour (05:30 PM - 08:00 PM)

Event's details
July 31, 2017

Time:05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Location: City Hall, Lake Forest, IL -60045

The tour will begin at City Hall, 220 E. Deerpath. The Commission and Board will view projects previously considered by the Board and Commission and evaluate the effectiveness of the review processes.
No action will be taken by the Board or Commission during the tour.
For more information please contact Kate McManus at or 847-810-3520.

Lake Forest Day August 1 and 2 (06:00 PM - 11:00 PM)

Event's details
August 01, 2017-August 02, 2017
Time:06:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Celebrate Lake Forest at the Annual Lake Forest Day festivities!

Lake Forest Day Fun Run (07:00 AM - 08:30 PM)

Event's details
August 02, 2017
Time:07:00 AM - 08:30 PM
Location: Deerpath Community Park, Lake Forest, IL -60045

Lake Forest Day 5K Fun Run

Building Review Board Meeting (06:30 PM - 11:00 PM)

Event's details
August 03, 2017

Time:06:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Municipal Services Building - Lower Level, Lake Forest, IL -60045



Thursday, June 1, 2017

Welcome Home: Take a Look at Lake Forest

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

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