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Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department invites you to join us for a fun evening of FREE Halloween activities! New this year - Monster Bash Featuring musical guest Jeanie B! & The Jelly Beans. Plus our Haunted Hayride, WDC's Haunted Zoo, Creepy Science Lab, Spooky Games, and more!
There will be refreshments and treats for all. There is no admission fee. This event is sponsored by Forest Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry. 
LF Recreation Center Halloween Tricks & Treats 
Friday - October 28, 5-7:30 p.m.
Loc:  Recreation Center
Age:  Preschool - 3rd Grade
Fee:  FREE 
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.


LF Recreation Halloween Tricks & Treats (05:00 PM - 07:30 PM)

Event's details
October 28, 2016
Time:05:00 PM - 07:30 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 FREE Halloween activities!

Stirling Hall Art Bash 2016 (10:00 AM - 03:00 PM)

Event's details
October 29, 2016
Time:10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

A day full of demonstrations, hands-on “try-it” workshops and meet and greets!

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Holiday Boutique (06:00 PM - 03:00 PM)

Event's details
November 16, 2016-November 19, 2016
Time:06:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Location: Recreation Center, Lake Forest, IL -60045

Sponsored by The Women's Board of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.

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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