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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


Early Voting takes place at City Hall through Saturday, March 30 (09:00 AM - 02:00 PM)

Event's details
March 18, 2019-March 30, 2019
Time:09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Location: City Hall, Lake Forest, IL -60045


City Council Meeting (06:30 PM - 09:00 PM)

Event's details
March 18, 2019

Time:06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Location: City Hall, Lake Forest, IL -60045


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

Event's details
March 19, 2019

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.

Historic Preservation Commission (06:30 PM - 11:00 PM)

Event's details
March 20, 2019

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



Third Thursday Taize Prayer Service (06:30 PM - 07:00 PM)

Event's details
March 21, 2019
Time:06:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, Lake Forest, IL -60045


The Orchestra Horn: A Musical History (08:00 PM - 09:30 PM)

Event's details
March 29, 2019
Time:08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Location: Gorton Community Center, Lake Forest, IL -60045


12th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibit (12:00 PM - 02:00 PM)

Event's details
March 31, 2019
Time:12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Location: The Gallery, Lake Forest, IL -60045


City Council Meeting (06:30 PM - 09:00 PM)

Event's details
April 01, 2019

Time:06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Location: City Hall, Lake Forest, IL -60045



Monday, March 11, 2019

Routes 41 and 22 Resurfacing Begins April 1

The work on 41 will take place from Park Avenue West in Highland Park north to Rte. 176 in Lake Bluff and on 22 from Tennyson Lane east to 41. more >

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

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