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Lake Forest Celebrates Oktoberfest on October 1, 2016

The Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Foundation will host an Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, October 1st. Those looking to enjoy all things German - and wanting to give back to the community - may want to head to Deerpath Community Park. The inaugural event will feature a bier garden, live bands, German food as well as games and activities.  Lake Forest Oktoberfest brings the fun of a contemporary Biergarden including wine, German food and live music to Lake Forest.
The gates open at 1:30 with the fun and music from 2-10 PM. Beer and food will be sold and no coolers are allowed. A commemorative beer stein will be available for $20.Tickets for admission are $10. Children under 5 years of age are free. Parking is $10. All-day access is provided with admission ticket.
Tickets will be available to purchase online at (coming soon) or at the gate.
Fall 2016 Registration is Open!



Click Here for helpful hints to register online!

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 Regular Hours CLICK HERE



Fall Registration is open.  Click here for our registration page or to make a payment.


Community Survey Mailed to All Residents and available online (08:00 AM - 11:59 PM)

Event's details
September 09, 2016
Time:08:00 AM - 11:59 PM


Daddy Daughter Luau at Forest Park Beach (06:00 PM - 09:30 PM)

Event's details
September 10, 2016
Time:06:00 PM - 09:30 PM


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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