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Office of the City Manager


City Hall was built in 1898 and served as the Office of the City Manager, Mayor and City Council as well as the Fire Station, Police Station and Library.  As the population in Lake Forest grew, these departments moved into separate facilities.

Lake Forest government operates under the Council/Manager system. The City Council is the legislative and policy-making body and includes the Mayor and two Aldermen from each of the City's four wards. The Mayor is elected bi-annually for a two-year term. Aldermen are elected to staggered two-year terms, with one Alderman elected from each Ward annually. The City is also fortunate to have more than 125 residents generously contribute their time and expertise each year to serve on the City's various boards, commissions, and committees.

City Manager Jason C. Wicha is a professional administrator who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the City. Appointed by the Mayor and City Council, he carries out the policies set by the elected officials and is responsible for the efficient, economical operation of City services and facilities.  Additional information on the Council/Manager form of government is available through the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

The mission of the Office of the City Manager is to implement and administer the policies and programs established by the City Council; facilitate the attainment of operational goals and objectives established by individual departments; and foster an organizational attitude that promotes excellence in the delivery of service.

The City's internal and external communication programs are handled through the Office of the City Manager by the Communications Manager, who is responsible for public relations for the City, disseminating timely, accurate information about City programs and services, upcoming meetings, and issues important to the community. The Dialogue, Lake Forest's quarterly newsletter, is edited by the Communications Manager and mailed to all households and post office boxes in February, May, August and November. The City's web site and social media are overseen by the Communications Manager.


Office of the City Manager

220 E. Deerpath
Lake Forest, IL

Hours:  Monday-Friday,
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Phone: 847-810-3676
Fax: 847-615-4289

City Manager: 
Jason C. Wicha


Sanitation Schedule for Juy 4 Weekend (07:00 AM - 05:00 PM)

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July 03, 2020-July 10, 2020
Time:07:00 AM - 05:00 PM


City Offices Closed in Observance of 4th of July Holiday Weekend (08:00 AM - 05:00 PM)

Event's details
July 03, 2020
Time:08:00 AM - 05:00 PM


Compost/Recycling Center Closed (08:00 AM - 04:30 PM)

Event's details
July 04, 2020

Time:08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Location: Compost/Recycling Center, Lake Forest, IL -60045


Special City Council Workshop (06:30 PM - 09:00 PM)

Event's details
July 06, 2020

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



Public Works Committee Meeting (02:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

Event's details
July 08, 2020

Time:02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Location: Municipal Services Building - Remote Access, Lak Forest , IL -60045


Plan Commission (06:30 PM - 11:00 PM)

Event's details
July 08, 2020

Time:06:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: City Hall Council Chambers, Lake Forest, IL -60045


Lake Forest Administrative Hearing (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Event's details
July 09, 2020

Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: City Hall, Lake Forest, IL -60045

The City of Lake Forest has resumed the Administrative Hearing process.

In-person hearings began on June 11, 2020, however, in keeping with the guidance from public health officials regarding the most effective strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 certain restrictions will apply.

LF/LB Chamber Annual Sidewalk Sale (10:00 AM - 06:00 PM)

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July 16, 2020-July 18, 2020
Time:10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Location: Throughout Lake Forest, , -

Our annual Sidewalk Sale is ON!!

Stroll over to Lake Forest and Lake Bluff's shops July 16-18 and save on some spectacular sales and bargains. There's plenty to celebrate as we get back out to things we love to do - so plan on making a day of it (and don't forget to grab some food, too!)


Monday, March 16, 2020

City Operations Updates

Please check here for public facility re-openings, building permits, inspections, utility billing, Real Estate Transfer Tax, Vehicle Stickers, Birth and Death Certificates, Landscape Licenses and more non-emergency information.more >

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

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