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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

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:

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

Fitness Center Hours CLICK HERE



Summer/Camp Registration starts March 9th, 8:30am.  Click here for our registration page or to make a payment.


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

Event's details
July 28, 2016

Time:06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Location: , Lake Forest, IL -60045

Lake Forest Parks and Recreation would like to invite you to enjoy some summer fun at our Concerts in the Market Square. Music, food, fun for the whole family. Sponsored by Lake Forest Bank and Trust and L3Capital, LLC.

Lake Forest Day August 2 & 3 (06:00 PM - 11:00 PM)

Event's details
August 02, 2016-August 03, 2016
Time:06:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Celebrate Lake Forest at the Annual Lake Forest Day festivities!

Free Concert at Open Lands Park (06:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

Event's details
August 20, 2016
Time:06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Lake Forest Parks and Recreation would like to invite you to enjoy a Free concert at Open Lands Park, located at the corner of Deerpath and Green Bay Rd. This event is going to be a great time to unwind before the summer ends. Come set up your own picnic area with blankets, chairs and tables. Also bring your own food and beverages. Invite your family and friends to have fun and enjoy the music.

"Play it Foreward" Open House Celebrating 90 Years (04:00 PM - 05:30 PM)

Event's details
August 21, 2016
Time:04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Location: Deerpath Golf Course Club House, Lake Forest, IL -60045

Bring the entire family!

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
Non-Emergency Police:  (847) 234-2601

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