The City of Lake Forest

A picturesque community located high on the bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan, Lake Forest is one of the eight suburban communities north of Chicago that are collectively referred to as “the North Shore.” Just 30 miles from downtown Chicago, Lake Forest’s 19,375 residents are spread out over 16.8 square miles with approximately 95% being zoned single-family residential.

Lake Forest is also known for the quality and character of its architecture whether erected for residential, religious, educational or public purposes.  For example, Market Square located in downtown Lake Forest was constructed in 1916 and was reported to be the first shopping center in the U.S.  Today Market Square is home to many nationally recognized retail businesses as well as unique specialty stores.