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Lake Forest Accelerator

Lake Forest welcomes small businesses and entrepreneurs!

There are many resources available to small businesses and local start-up companies.  Your first visit should be with the city's Office of Economic Development to review all of the resources available to Lake Forest businesses.  Some of the services include: 

  • Regional access to Lake Forest mentors, investors and businesses.
  • Programs, workshops and special events to network. 
  • Networks closely with Lake Forest College and Lake Forest High School for interns and jobs.
  • Resources available at the College of Lake County Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
  • Partners with local resources such as Lake Forest Bank & Trust and the Career Resource Center.
  • Promote locally grown, produced products in Lake Forest through the Lake Forest Made campaign.
  • Showcases locally, grown businesses at the City of Lake Forest Open Air Market.
  • Join the Lake Forest Accelerator program and network wih local entrepreneurs, attend programs and events and access to financing contacts. 
  • Office at the new downtown co-share office space at LifeWorking Enterprises, LLC.  




LifeWorking Enterprises, LLC, a Lake Forest Business Accelerator member will be opening an 8,000 square foot co-sharing office space at 717 N. Forest Avenue, Lake Forest.  Steve Whittington, founder of LifeWorking Enterprises, LLC, chose Lake Forest as the headquarters of the new collaborative space. 
According to CBRE Smart Workplace 2040, future work patterns will be radically different, with no fixed place or timetable. Instead, a new generation of workers will choose where and how they work. They will most frequently work from home and occasionally choose to visit hubs or trophy workplaces, similar to LifeWorking. Millennial workers between the ages of 18 and 34 are now the driving force behind the freelance economy in the U.S.   The millennial workers prefer open floor plan offices and are more willing than earlier generations to share their workspace with someone else.
“The City of Lake Forest is excited to welcome LifeWorking Enterprises, LLC to the central business district.  LifeWorking will provide collaborative space for local entrepreneurs, start-up businesses and corporate employees.  LifeWorking members will have access to local restaurants and services in their new headquarter location, bringing an exciting level of vitality to our downtown” states Mayor Donald Schoenheider. 
LifeWorking will offer four membership levels including private or shared office space, conference rooms, mailbox, café, printers, special events and VIP concierge services.  LifeWorking Enterprises, LLC will serve as the new location for the Lake Forest Business Accelerator members and networking events.  Together with LifeWorking, the City Accelerator will centralize a one-stop shop for local entrepreneurs that will include events, mentoring and start-up resources.
For more information about LifeWorking, contact Steve Whittington, founder at 

Meet some of Lake Forest's local start-ups:







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 >

Monday, July 18, 2016

Lake Forest Mark McMahon Map

Poster, prints and other merchandise are now available! Great gifts. more >

Monday, May 16, 2016

Come to the Open Air Market through October 8

The City of Lake Forest 6th Annual Open Air Market is open every Saturday at the East Lake Forest Train Station parking lot at the corner of Deerpath and Western Avenue featuring more American farmers and student entrepreneurs. Sponsored by Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, the Market will focus on healthy eating and invite guests to explore, dine and shop in Lake Forest. more >

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

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