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Economic Development

Invest in Lake Forest

The City of Lake Forest welcomes your business.  Lake Forest is home to many international corporations, boutique retail businesses and residential homes. From quaint shops in the historic downtown to several corporations off of bustling I-94, Lake Forest is home to several of Chicagoland's most popular retailers and a wide assortment of four-star and casual dining establishments. As one of the largest communities in Lake County, Illinois and located 30 miles north of Chicago, Lake Forest business owners enjoy easy access to major interstate highways, O'Hare International Airport, the Waukegan Executive Airports, and passenger railroad systems.

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Lake Forest welcomes new businesses and is committed to helping new and existing businesses prosper. Whether you are a business looking for a new home in Lake Forest or are already a member of our community, you can find answers to your questions on this website or contact the Office of Economic Development to learn more about doing business in Lake Forest. If you are considering opening a business in Lake Forest, please e-mail Susan Kelsey, Economic Development, as she would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
An on-line calendar for information on cultural and community events available in the Lake Forest community can be accessed on the web site hosted by the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce.


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

Event's details
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!)

LF/LB Chamber Virtual Luncheon with the Mayors (12:00 PM - 01:00 PM)

Event's details
July 16, 2020

Time:12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Location: viaZoom, , -

Join us for our annual
LUNCHEON WITH THE MAYORS (via Zoom this year!)
Thursday, July 16 | 12 - 1:00 pm

We’ll be joined by our special guests, Lake Bluff Village President Kathy O'Hara and Lake Forest Mayor George Pandaleon, for an overview of the latest information about our communities. All are welcome.


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

June 24 Message from the Mayor

View the newest video from Mayor Pandaleon.more >

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