About Lake Forest
Lake Forest is the definition of luxury: quiet tree-lined streets, pristine beaches, lakeside bluffs, prestigious schools and some of the finest estates on the North Shore.
Located 30 miles north of Chicago, the city has a rich heritage. Envisioned as a “city in a park”, Lake Forest was one of the earliest communities platted with streets laid out in an organic manner (instead of a typical grid) to showcase its natural beauty including ravines and lake bluffs.
As Lake Forest became home to Chicago’s rich and famous, they brought in some of the most renowned architects of their day, making Lake Forest a stunning showcase of elegant historic estates by architects including Howard Van Doren Shaw, David Adler and Henry Ives Cobb. Today in addition to historic homes, you will find multi-million dollar mansions and new construction condominiums and townhomes.
Lake Forest offers top-notch public and private schools, including the prestigious Lake Forest Academy, which consistently ranks as one of the Midwest's best college preparatory schools. The town is also home to Lake Forest College and Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.
At the heart of Lake Forest is Market Square, offering fantastic shops and restaurants. The city provides excellent facilities for seniors and youths, including a state-of-the-art fitness center. Cultural and recreational opportunities abound including the Gorton Community Center and Lake Forest Recreation Center, as well as at beautiful beaches, golf courses, and jogging and bicycling trails. Commuters have convenient access to downtown Chicago with Lake Forest’s Metra station.