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Parks and Recreation


What inspires you to play?                 register_white

Come to the Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Department to explore, experience and discover your fun side!  

The Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Department is committed to providing residents of all ages positive experiences through a variety of high quality programs, activities, and services under the direction of professional and dedicated staff who are responsive to the changing needs of the community.

 "What Inspires You to Play?"  We believe you can find the answer to this question within the pages of our detailed brochure. But in case you need some help getting started, we have listed some options that may inspire you to have the best year ever.

So get inspired to play at our…

  • Beautiful Forest Park beach with sailboats, paddle boards, soft sand and enticing waves
  • Programs that emphasize creativity, friendship, teamwork and sportsmanship
  • New neighborhood playgrounds with twisting slides, towers and swings
  • Renovated racquetball, squash, handball, and tennis courts sure to improve your swing
  • Family-friendly Deerpath golf course where you can take lessons or play 18 holes
  • Community-Events like Stirling Hall Art Center Art Sale, Santa Visits and our Holiday Extrava-Dance-A
  • Global conservation classes and events at the unique Wildlife Discovery Center
  • Extensive fitness classes, personal training and equipment at our comprehensive Fitness Center
  • Innovative arts programs for youth and adults at Stirling Hall Arts Center
  • McCormick Nature preserve and 400 acres of parkland that immerse you in nature and Fall color.

Come out and visit our many parks, facilities and programs, and get inspired to play!

Services to Residents with Disabilities

NSSRA is a partnership that provides year-round recreation and leisure opportunities for children, teens, adults and seniors with disabilities. For more information about NSSRA, please call 847-509-9400, email to or check their website,

For information about NSSRA inclusion services in our programs, contact our office at 847-234-6700.

400 Hastings Rd.
Lake Forest, IL

Department Head: Sally Swarthout

Phone: 847-234-6700
Fax:  847-615-4251

Weather Cancellation Hotline:

Fall Hours 
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. M-Th
8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Fri.
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sat.
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sun



Fall Registration has started.  Click here for our registration page or to make a payment.


Native Tree Sale (08:00 AM - 01:00 PM)

Event's details
October 17, 2015

Time:08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Location: Lake Forest Open Lands, Lake Forest, IL -60045

The City of Lake Forest and Lake Forest Open Lands Association are partnering to offer a Native Tree Sale. 10-12 native tree varieties will be offered. All trees will be sold at discounted prices and a portion of the proceeds will go to plant trees and re-green our community’s open spaces.

Company Cares: A Dance Workshop (11:00 AM - 04:00 PM)

Event's details
October 18, 2015

Time:11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Location: Lake Forest Recreation Center, Lake Forest , IL -60045

Be part of a fun and exciting day of movement!

Park and Recreation Board Meeting (06:30 PM - 09:00 PM)

Event's details
October 20, 2015

Time:06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Location: Municipal Services Building, Lake Forest, IL -60045

The public is welcome to attend.
This meeting is not televised.

CROCtoberfest (10:00 AM - 04:00 PM)

Event's details
October 25, 2015
Time:10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Location: Wildlife Discovery Center, Lake Forest, IL -60045

Meet the Crocodiles

Help take a bite out of extinction by joining us at the Wildlife Discovery Center’s annual CROCtoberfest celebration on Sunday, October 25, 2015, from 10 am – 4 pm. This event is sponsored by Knauz Auto Park and if your business is interested in becoming a sponsor or partner, please contact Rob Carmichael, Curator, at

LF Recreation Halloween Tricks & Treats (05:00 PM - 07:00 PM)

Event's details
October 30, 2015
Time:05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location: Lake Forest Recreation Center, Lake Forest, IL -60045

Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department invites you to join us for a fun evening of Halloween activities!

On-line Registration Anytime ..... Anywhere! 
Lake Forest residents are able to register for Parks and Recreation Department classes on line at To access an on-line account, you will need to have an email address on file with the department along with an account user ID and PIN number. Call the Parks and Recreation office at 847-234-6700 or email to for more information. In order to make on-line registration available to Lake Forest residents we had to change our registration system. Registration is taken on a first come first serve basis.  Have questions about online registration? Click on link for up to date information.

220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600

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