New to Lake Forest
Welcome to The City of Lake Forest, you're going to love it here!
With an area of approximately 17 square miles, Lake Forest is home to 19,375 people according to the 2010 Census. The City of Lake Forest was incorporated as a city under a special charter granted by the Illinois State Legislature in 1861 that permits Lake Forest to be administered efficiently and economically with a minimum number of separate government bodies. 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 City operates under the council-manager form of government with the day-to-day operations of the City in the hands of a full-time, professional City Manager who is appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council.
Residents are provided excellent educational opportunities through the public and private elementary and high schools, as well as Lake Forest College and the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.
With its natural beauty every season, Lake Forest is a remarkable community because of the individuals who call it home. We encourage you to learn more and engage with us!
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- Read our Quarterly Dialogue Newsletter
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- Experience the Lake Forest Love blog
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In addition to the many services it offers to the community, the City provides excellent facilities for families, youth (CROYA), and seniors (Dickinson Hall), offers a state-of-the-art fitness center, recreation center, 18-hole golf course, and operates its own water plant and cemetery.
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