Welcome to Lake Forest
Exclusive Lakefront hamlet with architectural wonders
One of Illinois' most serene and architecturally significant suburbs, Lake Forest sits 31 miles north of the Loop, boasting a mix of amenities, natural open spaces, excellent schools, and high-quality lifestyle for its residents. The area is more than perfect for families looking for a peaceful community to raise children and homebuyers seeking an abode in an affluent haven secluded from the frenetic scene of metropolitan Chicago.
A quiet vicinity laid out as a town in 1857, Lake Forest is home to three business districts, two of which have public railway stations. There is everything from Market Square serving up a range of specialty retail shops, classy restaurants, and family-owned businesses to the headquarters of three Fortune 500 companies, banks, and many other services. Apart from commerce, the most notable features of Lake Forest are its virgin prairies and other nature preserves.
Explore some of the most distinguishing homes designed by renowned architects in this neighborhood, from Tudor-style houses to sleek art-deco contemporaries. Home prices in Lake Forest are a proper reflection of the ever-increasing market value of this neighborhood's luxury properties.
What to Love
- Preppy community weaving suburban lifestyle with urban vibes
- John & Nancy Hughes theatre in the Gorton center
- Country clubs, nature preserves, scenic walking trails
- Opulent polo history
- Interstate Highway access and two Metra commuter railroad stations
- Scene of stunning architectural gems
Family-friendly and reserving a beautiful historical ambiance, Lake Forest is quite ethnically diverse. Residents enjoy abundant parks, stunning architectural attractions, and recreational facilities, as well as easy access to public transportation to and from the neighborhood. Young families gravitate to this affluent neighborhood for its excellent schools that are sure to grant their kids a quality education.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
With a myriad of small shops, high-end stores, classy eateries, and diverse cuisine, Lake Forest is one heaven of a place to call home.
Looking for an elegant stay while visiting the neighborhood? Why not book a reservation at Deerpath Inn, an upscale English-style hotel dating from 1929. This classy haven offers everything from refined rooms draped in a feel-like-home ambiance to a lovely restaurant serving delicious food.
Craving an all-American dinner? Then a stop at Scotty’s will do the trick. With their delectable menu of soups, salads, house cocktails, and tasty appetizers, you'll be reaching cloud nine before you know it. For breakfast sandwiches, flatbreads, or BBQ feasts, stop in at The Lantern, where your meal is served with live music thrilling the atmosphere. And if you want to be treated to contemporary Mexican fares served fresh and spicy, look no further than Authentico.
Be sure to hop into The Lake Forest Shop with your girlfriends for stylish clothes and accessories made by high-end designers, and Penny’s from Heaven is the perfect stop for your toddler's clothes and gifts!
Things to Do
When in Lake Forest, you can't run out of exciting activities. Take a dash to Market Square, America’s first planned shopping center, and meander through an architectural wonder of a shopping destination revamped from a cluster of barns, shacks, and alleyways into what it is today. Housing luxury brands like Williams Sonoma, Bluemercury, and J.Crew, the sheer amount of charm in these 20th-century red brick buildings are sure to delight you. At Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve, every season has something to offer, from biking in the summer, skiing in the winter, and walking through the blossoms in spring. Explore the vibrant Gorton Center for exquisite art and culture, exclusively serving as the "community house" for residents of Lake Forest and a few other surrounding areas. And an excellent way to unwind after a long week of work is to stroll across Forest Park Beach, enjoying the warm sun on your cheeks or sand between your toes.
Lake Forest is home to some of Illinois' most quality educational facilities, both public and private, renowned for their innovative and engaging curricula. Some of the neighborhood's prestigious institutions including: