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Lake Forest

Lake Forest, an upscale, pristine suburb on Lake Michigan, is located 31 miles North of the Loop. The lake, bordering the entire eastern side of Lake Forest is, of course, the treasure of the community. The Lake Forest Open Lands Association manages more than 200 acres of open space and the community has been recognized with several Tree City U.S.A. awards. Retail shopping includes a mix of small shops, family-owned businesses and larger stores. The famed Market Square, built in 1916 by Howard Van Doren Shaw, was the first planned shopping mall in the country.

Parks and Recreation

With seven community parks, a beach and boat launch area, and an 18-hole golf course, there is plenty to do in Lake Forest. Plus, a year-round Recreation Department and the Lake Forest Hospital Health Club are available for residents.


Lake Forest’s public elementary students attend District 67, which has three kindergarten-through-4th grade schools and one middle school. Lake Forest Community High School, District 115, has undergone substantial improvements in recent years.


The Tri-State Tollway (I-94) borders Lake Forest on the west; Skokie Highway (U.S.41) and Waukegan Road (I-43) both run within city limits. Drive time to the Loop is an hour. O’Hare Airport is 30-45 minutes away, while Midway Airport is roughly an hour’s drive. The Metra Union District North train line reaches the Loop in 50 minutes by Express, and one hour on the local.

Market Report & Listings
Population (2010 census): 19,375
Square Mileage: 16.9