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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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Be Counted! Respond to the Census! (12:00 AM - 11:00 PM)

Event's details
March 12, 2020-April 04, 2020

Time:12:00 AM - 11:00 PM


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

Event's details
March 30, 2020

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



Panel Discussion about the Opioid Crisis (07:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

Event's details
March 31, 2020
Time:07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location: Lake Forest Library, Lake Forest, IL -60045


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

Event's details
April 01, 2020

Time:06:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: City of Lake Forest Municipal Services Building, Lake Forest, IL -60045



Drop-in Tech Help at Lake Forest Library (02:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

Event's details
April 02, 2020
Time:02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Location: Lake Forest Library, Lake Forest, IL -60045


"Making a Difference: League of Women Voters Gala Reception" (05:00 PM - 07:00 PM)

Event's details
April 02, 2020
Time:05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location: Ferrari Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, IL -60044


Easter Eggstravaganza (09:30 AM - 11:30 AM)

Event's details
April 04, 2020

Time:09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Deerpath Middle School, Lake Forest, IL -60045

Enjoy family fun and entertainment at our Annual Easter Eggstravaganza!


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

Event's details
April 06, 2020

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



Thursday, March 19, 2020

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

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