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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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Free Paper Shredding Event (08:30 AM - 11:30 PM)

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April 20, 2019
Time:08:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Location: Municipal Services Building, Lake Forest, IL -60045


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

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April 22, 2019

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



Ward 2 Meeting (07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)

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April 23, 2019
Time:07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Location: Gorton Community Center, Lake Forest, IL -60045


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

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April 24, 2019

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


Housing Trust Fund Board 4.25.19 (07:30 AM - 08:30 AM)

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April 25, 2019

Time:07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Location: City of Lake Forest Municipal Services Building, Lake Forest, IL -60045


Ragdale's 13th Annual "Novel Affair" - A Literary Happening (04:00 PM - 06:30 PM)

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April 27, 2019
Time:04:00 PM - 06:30 PM


Rx for Health: Walking in Nature (04:00 PM - 05:30 PM)

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April 27, 2019
Time:04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Location: Middle Fork Savanna County Forest Preserve, Lake Forest, IL -60045


Smelt-O-Rama (06:30 PM - 10:00 PM)

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April 27, 2019
Time:06:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Boating Pavilion at Forest Park Beach, , -

Join us for a fun, free family event.



Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Spring Ward Meetings

Come for casual conversation and community information.more >


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

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