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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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Public Works Committee Meeting (06:30 PM - 10:30 PM)

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August 22, 2019

Time:06:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Location: Municipal Services Building - Training Room Lower Level, Lak Forest , IL -60045


Back to School Bash (01:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

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August 25, 2019

Time:01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Location: West Lake Forest Train Station, Lake Forest, IL -60060


Zoning Board of Appeals (06:30 PM - 11:00 PM)

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August 26, 2019

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



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

Event's details
August 28, 2019

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


Deer Path Art League 65th Annual Art Fair on the Square (10:00 AM - 05:00 PM)

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September 01, 2019-September 02, 2019
Time:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Location: Market Square, Lake Forest, IL -60045


Labor Day Holiday Week Sanitation Schedule September 2-6 (08:00 AM - 05:00 PM)

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September 02, 2019-September 06, 2019

Time:08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Sanitation Schedule

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

Event's details
September 03, 2019

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


Building Review Board (06:30 PM - 11:00 PM)

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September 04, 2019

Time:06:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Municipal Services Lower Level, Lake Forest, IL -60045



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220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600
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