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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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Lake Forest Fire and Police Open House (11:00 AM - 02:00 PM)

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September 25, 2016

Time:11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Location: Public Safety Building, Lake Forest, IL -60045


Bagpipes and Bonfire (04:00 PM - 07:00 PM)

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September 25, 2016
Time:04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location: Middlefork Nature Preserve, Lake Forest , IL -60045

A beloved annual family event sponsored by Lake Forest Open Lands Association.

Zoning Board of Appeals (06:30 PM - 11:00 PM)

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September 26, 2016

Time:06:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: City Hall Council Chambers, Lake Forest, IL -60045



Historic Preservation Commission (06:30 PM - 11:00 PM)

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September 28, 2016

Time:06:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: City Hall Council Chambers, Lake Forest, IL -60045



Oktoberfest (02:00 PM - 10:00 PM)

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October 01, 2016
Time:02:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lake Forest Celebrates Oktoberfest on October 1, 2016


Friday, September 9, 2016

Take the Resident Survey

The survey will be available online from September 9-October 17. Survey packets have been mailed to all households and post office boxes.more >


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

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