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Lake Forest is best described by the things that matter most to the people who live here.

New residents are drawn here and families choose to stay here for generations because of Lake Forest's diverse neighborhoods, quaint business districts, the vitality of the community, access to railroad transportation, beautiful streetscapes, unique homes, religious institutions, outstanding public school system and state-of-the-art, top-rated hospital.  Click here to view the Lake Forest brochure. 

Click here to view the City's Strategic Plan for 2013-2018, which was completed in 2012.

Lake Forest's property tax is the lowest in the area.

  TOTAL Rank City Services* Rank
2012 Tax Levy Comparables Analysis - Property Taxes on an $800,000 Home


$21,899.31 11 $4,143.60 13


$16,802.99 7 $3,683.28 12


$23,116.95 13 $1,233.22 1

Highland Park

$19,762.60 9 $2,497.59 5

Lake Bluff

$15,798.14 4 $2,687.11 8

Lake Forest






$19,554.90 8 $1,466.88 2


$20,917.93 10 $2,531.34 6


$27,753.84 14 $5,039.31 14


$15,006.17 3 $2,074.06 3


$14,437.11 2 $2,201.21 4

Vernon Hills

$22,987.14 12 $2,720.86 9


$16,106.78 5 $2,834.89 10


$16,242.27 6 $2,887.00 11


*City Services include the municipal levy as well as any applicable park district and fire district levies. 

Data presented for 2012 levies were collected in calendar year 2013.  Actual results will vary depending on items such as overlapping taxing districts, exemptions and township equalization factors.


Volunteering is more than giving of time, talent and treasure.

Volunteering provides opportunities to enrich lives:  giving back to the community, learning about new things and establishing new relationships.  

The character of Lake Forest established and fostered daily since its founding in 1861 is based on the creative spirit of its residents and a philanthropic philosophy.  Look around at Lake Forest's magnificent trees, ravines, ponds, prairies and savannas, and premier location at the top of the bluff of Lake Michigan.  Volunteers are still, to this day, the lifeblood of Lake Forest, working hard in support of the City's natural beauty, local institutions, cultural arts, promoting civic pride and standards of excellence.

In addition to the thousands of people that support non-profit organizations in town, residents and students are engaged in the workings of The City of Lake Forest.  Along with  hundreds of your neighbors serving on nearly 20 boards and commissions, volunteers are significant and valuable resources within the day-to-day operations of City departments.  Click here to see the City Directory, a current listing of the City Council, Boards and Commissions and Boards of Education. 

Lake Forest College students pair up with CROYA kids to work on community service projects, chaperoning dances and running other special events.  Lake Forest College interns earn class credits while helping promote economic development, produce LFTV shows, run cameras and edit video productions.

Volunteers at Dickinson Hall assist with answering questions about Medicare and other insurance, income tax preparation for members, special event setup and service, provide door-to-door car rides for members in need of transportation, lead programs and help with clerical and reception duties at the Center.   All volunteers receive special training and are certified when required.

High School students serve as student leaders at the Wildlife Discovery Center, helping provide tours, taking care of the animals, and assisting with programs and special events after school and on weekends.  Other volunteers at the Wildlife Discovery Center help conduct studies on the animals and their habitats, outreach programs, traveling exhibits and serve as photographers.

Please click here to view a list of many of the organizations and institutions that may offer volunteer opportunities.  Visit their websites or give them a call to see how you may contribute.






Play. Shop. Dine. Rest.

FOR CUSTOMERS/VISITORS:  Easy shopping, 24/7 at local Lake Forest businesses.  Connect and shop on any device.  For a unique experience, connect with local businesses on social media and receive special promotions and discounts.  For more information about local businesses, contact the City of Lake Forest Office of Economic Development. CLICK HERE to connect to Virtual Lake Forest. 

FOR LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS:  Local business can take advantage of the new Virtual Lake Forest and sell products on the Virtual Lake Forest page through one of four channels.  Use this step-by-step guide to create your own eCommerce shopping platform.

1. Facebook Shopify
2. Google inside business video
3. Amazon local shopping cart
4. Twitter
5. PrestaShop

The Virtual Lake Forest is an online business directory and shopping mall, bringing customers to your store 24/7.  As a Lake Forest business owner, your listing includes your business photo, address, contact information, business hours, facebook link and ecommerce link. 

NEW and available right now Add your panoramic virtual tour inside your store to Google Maps. Simple load the Google Streetview app, take the photos and upload to Google Maps.  If you really want to have fun, purchase the Google Cardboard goggles and view your store in virtual reality (VR).

Stay tuned for the new Virtual Lake Forest shopping experience.  Shoppers will be able to move their avatar within a virtual environment and interact in real time with other users. The Virtual Lake Forest offers an extraordinary commercial tool for giving brands a newer and fresher look.  If you would like to join the pilot program, contact the Office of Economic Development.  Pilot program participants to date include:  the Lake Forest Shop, Kiddles Sports and the Lake Forest Bookstore. 



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(847) 234-2600
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