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Lake Forest is located in the North Shore area, at 42°14′5″N 87°51′3″W (42.234788, -87.851042).[3]

According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 17.24 square miles (44.7 km2), of which 17.18 square miles (44.5 km2) (or 99.65%) is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2) (or 0.41%) is water.[4]

As Lake Forest was first developed in 1857, the planners laid roads that would provide very limited access to the city in an effort to prevent outside traffic and further isolate the tranquil settlement from neighboring areas. Though considerably more accessible today, due in part to the extensive new construction taking place further west, the much smaller neighborhood of eastern Lake Forest, near the coast of Lake Michigan, remains relatively secluded and is one of the most scenic, historical, and architecturally significant suburbs of Chicago. These neighborhoods include estates and homes designed by distinguished architects like Howard Van Doren Shaw, David Adler, Frank Lloyd Wright, Arthur Heun, Jerome Cerny, Henry Ives Cobb, and modernist George Fred Keck among others. Landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Jens Jensen also designed projects in Lake Forest. Market Square, designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw, was completed in 1916 as a commercial center for Lake Forest.

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220 Deerpath
Lake Forest, IL

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Events

Woodlands Academy Hosts Fall Open Houses (06:00 PM - 07:30 PM)

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October 23, 2019

Time:06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Location: Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart, Lake Forest, IL -60045


 

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

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October 23, 2019

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


 

2019 Fall Citizens Police Academy (07:00 PM - 10:00 PM)

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October 23, 2019
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Time:07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

 

GO LF Forest Park Nature Walk (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)

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October 24, 2019
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Forest Park Beach, Lake Forest, IL -60045


 

Landscaping for Water (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

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October 24, 2019
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Time:10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Elawa Farm, Lake Forest, IL -60045


 

Halloween Tricks & Treats at the Rec Center (05:00 PM - 07:30 PM)

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October 25, 2019
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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!
 

Halloween Spectacular Regatta (09:00 AM - 05:00 PM)

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October 26, 2019-October 27, 2019

Time:09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Location: Forest Park Beach, Lake Forest, IL -60045


 

The Big Balloon Halloween Show with Smarty Pants (02:00 PM - 02:45 PM)

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October 26, 2019
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Time:02:00 PM - 02:45 PM
Location: Lake Forest Library, Lake Forest, IL -60045


 

NEWS

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Assessment Notices

As a courtesy, the City provides notification to Lake Forest residents when tax assessment notices, or "blue cards", have been mailed out by Lake County. » Download Document

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

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