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See you in Downtown Lake Forest for our third annual Oktoberfest with great local bands, beer, food, and fun for all ages!
The event will feature a German beer garden, live bands including DT Funk and The Polkaholics, food, a giant pumpkin bounce house for the kids, German games, and more. Online tickets sales are open and tickets can be purchased at the gate. 
5:00 - German music
5:30 - DT Funk
7:30 - German music and games
8:00 – The Polkaholics
Admission: $10 (Kids under 5 are free)
Food and Beverages available for purchase. 
Premier Parking Pass: $20 – as space is available.
The Lake Forest Oktoberfest is a community event and fundraiser completely run by volunteers to provide a safe and fun environment for families. We are so grateful to our sponsors who have helped make this event a reality! All proceeds after festival expenses are used to support the great year-round programs of your Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department. Thank you for your support!
Please note: The Parking Lot behind City Hall will be Closed Friday, Saturday & Sunday for the event. 

Our Fall Program Guide is Here!



Introducing our NEW
After School Enrichment Program!


The Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation and the City of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department are collaborating to update the Parks and Recreation Department Master Plan. This Master Plan will provide recommendations for improvements over a 10-year period. 
The Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department serves almost 20,000 City residents with 17 parks, natural areas, and trails totaling over 200 acres, 2 facilities, and programs and events for all ages. ​
Opportunities exist to enrich the Parks and Recreation Department facilities, programs, and open space to improve the quality of life for residents. Your participation is crucial to the success of this project. Our survey is now closed, but please check back for updates. 

Give to the Deerpath Golf Course Renovation Project!

Fundrasing is underway for the DPCG Renovation Project. Please consider a tax-deductible pledge or donation. Donations are accepted at the Recreation Center or online by clicking the links below. 

You can download and print the Donation/Pledge Form here or pick one up at the Recreation Center.  Thank you for your support!


Learn more about the history of the course, the project and how you can help by clicking here

Donate to the DPCG Renovation Project


Looking for a unique gift idea? 


Give an LF Parks & Recreation Gift Card

Gift cards can be used toward classes, activities, or events and are for sale at the main office and fitness center located at 400 Hastings Road. Cards can be purchased in any denomination. Your LFPR gift card may be used toward the cost of registering for classes or activities as well as for permits, rental fees, fitness passes, and drop-in usage fees. Call 847.234.6700 for more information.

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Services to Residents with Disabilities

NSSRA is a partnership that provides year-round recreation and leisure opportunities for children, teens, adults and seniors with disabilities. For more information about NSSRA, please call 847-509-9400, email to or check their website, For information about NSSRA inclusion services in our programs, contact our office at 847-234-6700.


400 Hastings Rd.
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Director: Sally Swarthout

Phone: 847-234-6700
Fax:  847-615-4251
Weather Cancellation Hotline: 847-234-6702
M-Th: 8:30am - 6:00pm
Fr & Sat: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: Closed
M-Th: 8:30am - 9:30pm
Friday: 8:30am - 8:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: Closed
Fitness Center Regular Hours Click here
Program Guides:
Click here to register or make a payment.


Oktoberfest (05:00 PM - 10:00 PM)

Event's details
September 22, 2018
Time:05:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Parking Lot behind City Hall, Lake Forest, IL -60045


Family Fun Camp Out on the Beach (05:00 PM - 08:00 AM)

Event's details
September 29, 2018-September 30, 2018
Time:05:00 PM - 08:00 AM
Location: North Pavilion, Forest Park Beach, , -


Glow Ball at Deerpath Golf Course (06:30 PM - 10:00 PM)

Event's details
September 29, 2018
Time:06:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Deerpath Golf Course, Lake Forest, IL -60045


Stirling Hall Art Bash (10:00 AM - 03:00 PM)

Event's details
October 06, 2018
Time:10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

A day full of demonstrations, hands-on “try-it” workshops and meet and greets!

GO Lake Forest Historical Walk (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)

Event's details
October 12, 2018
Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Lake Forest Lake Bluff Historical Society, Lake Forest, IL -60045


Park and Recreation Board Meeting (06:30 PM - 09:00 PM)

Event's details
October 16, 2018

Time:06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Location: Municipal Services Building, Lake Forest, IL -60045

The public is welcome to attend.
This meeting is not televised.

Scarecrow Build-Off Contest (01:00 PM - 03:00 PM)

Event's details
October 20, 2018
Time:01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Location: Northcroft Park, Lake Forest, IL -60045


Haunted Trail Walk (07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

Event's details
October 20, 2018
Time:07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location: Northcroft Park, Lake Forest, IL -60045

Online Registration

Lake Forest residents can register for Parks and Recreation Department classes online at To access an on-line account, you will need to have an email address on file with the department along with an account user ID and PIN number.

Call the Parks and Recreation office at 847-234-6700 or email to for more information. Registration is taken on a first come first serve basis. Click on link for up to date information or questions.

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

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