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Welcome to the Business Resource Center!

The City of Lake Forest is one of the most distinctive communities in the United States and home to over 1,200 businesses, ranging from small, boutique shops to large international corporations. With convenient access from Interstate I-94, Route 43, Route 60, Route 41 and two Metra rail stations connecting Lake Forest to downtown Chicago and Wisconsin, and 30 minutes from O'Hare Interational Aiport, Lake Forest is the ideal business envrionment. Lake Forest boasts a retail vacancy rate of less than 3%, low property taxes, and high personal incomes. The City of Lake Forest does not require business licenses. 

Four Thriving Business Districts

Historic Market Square is located on the east side of Lake Forest in the central business district. Market Square, designed in 1917 by Howard Van Doren Shaw is considered one of the original shopping centers and most automibile friendly place in America.

Settler's Square is located on the west side of Lake Forest on Waukegan Road.  Settler's Square is home to Sunset Foods, Postnet, Lake Forest Hardware, Ferentinos, Sushi Kushi and many other retail stores.

Forest Square is located on the west side of Lake Forest on Waukegan Road.  Forest Square is home to Starbucks, Lou Malnati's, JImmy Johns and many other retail stores.

Conway Park at Lake Forest is located on Route 60, just east of I-94.  Conway is home to many international corporations such as Abbott, Brunswick, Chicago Bears, Conway Farms, Pfizer, Idex, Pactiv, Tenneco, Trustmark Insurance and many other corporations.

For a list of Lake Forest businesses, view the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce Directory.

For Prospective Businesses

Lake Forest is a business-friendly community, welcoming new businesses and corporations and supporting its established businesses and a strong relationship with its supportive Chamber of Commerce. If you are considering opening a business in Lake Forest or making changes to your existing establishment, we encourage you to contact staff to discuss your plans.  

Cathy Czerniak, Director of Community Development

Doug Petroshius, Business Advocate

For more information, utilize the menu on the left side of the page to navigate the Business Resource Center. Looking to start your own business? Visit the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website

Seeking financial assistance? Visit the Lake County Partners website


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