Welcome to Lake Forest
Lakefront luxury among North Shore’s untouched beauty
Located along Chicago’s North Shore, Lake Forest is a historic, upscale, waterfront gem. Since 1916, Market Square has been the epicenter for dining and shopping and was the first planned shopping center in the nation. Parks, beaches along the shore of Lake Michigan, and sprawling golf courses are just a few of the more opulent amenities available to residents of this charming and comfortable lakefront treasure.
During the early stages of development, roadways were deliberately laid out in an effort to preserve the tranquility of the community. While substantial development has continued into the 21st century, the neighborhood still enjoys quiet seclusion not easily found so close to such a large city. Today, spacious plats of land, untouched preserves, rolling fields, and towering trees prevail, offering peace, privacy, and otherworldly calm in the midst of a bustling society.
What to Love
- Historic Market Square was the nation’s first shopping center
- High concentration of parks, country clubs, and close proximity to Lake Michigan beaches
- Homes situated on sprawling lots, protected by dense, mature treetops
- Peace and quiet not far from urban Chicago
This affluent North Chicago suburb is known for beautiful homes, sprawling lots, and lush, mature greenery. Locals are afforded ample opportunities for active recreation through the community’s parks, lakefront beaches, and sporting facilities. More leisurely days are enjoyed strolling the streets of downtown and the restaurants and shops located within Tudor-inspired buildings. Locally owned book shops, candy stores, and the storied Deer Path Inn are just a few of the charming treasures appreciated by all.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Since 1929, Deer Path Inn has set an extraordinary standard for accommodations along the North Shore of Chicago. This English-styled manor offers afternoon tea, a cozy pub specializing in traditional British favorites, and The English Room, one of the North Shore’s most renowned dining locales. Deer Path Inn was recently voted as Travel + Leisure‘s best hotel in the Midwest for the third year in a row.
Within Lake Forest’s historic downtown, The Lantern is one of the community’s longest-running restaurants serving more casual fare. Sandwiches, barbecue, chicken pot pie, and burgers are favorites among locals, served in an inviting dining room reminiscent of simpler times. Special occasions can be enjoyed by all members of the family at Market House on the Square. Their rich, warm setting specializes in American favorites such as crabcakes, scallops, and filets, accompanied by an impressive cocktail menu.
Another longstanding business downtown is The Lake Forest Shop. For nearly a century, this boutique has served as the prime destination for couture items, exceptional evening wear, and perfect alterations. Carrying a variety of everyday items, outerwear, and formal dresses, the women of Lake Forest have consistently been named as some of the best-dressed in the nation. Town & Country Magazine believes this shop is one of the reasons why.
Things To Do
While shopping days and weekends spent on the golf course are adored pastimes among all locals, the people of Lake Forest truly appreciate their close proximity to natural beauty not found in most places around Chicagoland. South Park stretches across 12 acres and consists of batting cages, a basketball court, other sports fields, a pavilion, a grilling area, tennis courts, trails, and more. Nearby, Lake Forest Beach boasts scenic views of Lake Michigan, swimming areas, a boat launch, and a guaranteed great time on warm summer days.
Lake Forest is home to some of the best schools in the state and nation, both public and private. Two examples are:
Lake Forest High School, grades 9-12; one of the best high schools in Illinois, has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Parade Magazine, and others for their high graduation rates, state testing achievements, high SAT/ACT scores, and well-educated staff
Lake Forest Academy, grades 9-12; this boarding and day school was established in 1857, features students from 15 states and 40 countries, and 100% of students go on to pursue a college degree