Lake Forest

One of the first affluent Chicago suburbs

Lake Forest is a city located in Lake County, Illinois, United States. The city is along the shore of Lake Michigan, and is a part of the Chicago metropolitan area and the North Shore. Lake Forest is home to the Gorton Center, which houses the John & Nancy Hughes Theater and offers a multitude of programming; the Citadel Theatre Company; and the Music Institute of Chicago Lake Forest Campus. Lake Forest is known for its country clubs, including the Onwentsia Club, Knollwood Club, Conway Farms Golf Club, the Lake Forest Winter Club, and the Lake Forest Club.

Lake Forest is noted in the Chicago area for its history of polo, once being the westernmost establishment of the sport in the United States. It was home to the “East-West clash of 1933”. The match was described as a “gleaming moment in American polo, if not the very zenith of the game in this country.” In the early 21st century, Lake Forest continues the tradition, and polo is played yearly throughout August.

Commercial development in Lake Forest is focused in three areas, two of which have public railway stations. The central business district includes a Metra commuter railroad station on the Union Pacific/North Line. It extends beyond Market Square, providing a mixture of retail, banking, and professional services, as well as restaurants. Market Square is composed of a wide variety of shops and restaurants, including Talbots, Williams Sonoma, J.Crew, and Einstein Bros. Bagels. The business district to the west includes a Metra commuter railroad station on the Milwaukee District/North Line. It extends beyond Settlers’ Square to provide a mixture of retail, banking and professional services, as well as restaurants. A third area of business development, consisting mostly of corporate and office space, has been developed along the city’s northwestern border with the Tri-State Tollway.

Most Lake Forest residents attend Lake Forest School District 67 and Lake Forest High School. Lake Forest High School serves Lake Forest as well as parts of neighboring Lake Bluff. Lake Forest also has another school district, Rondout School District 72, which serves far-eastern parts of Libertyville, and all parts of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff that lie within Libertyville Township.


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5 Sheridan Elementary School Preschool - 4th Grade Public
4 Cherokee Elementary School Kindergarten - 4th Grade Public
5 Rondout Elementary School Kindergarten - 8th Grade Public
5 Everett Elementary School Kindergarten - 4th Grade Public
N/A Deer Path Middle School 5th Grade - 8th Grade Public
5 Lake Forest High School 9th Grade - 12th Grade Public
N/A School Of St. Mary Preschool - 8th Grade Catholic/Religious
N/A East Lake Academy Preschool - 8th Grade Catholic/Religious
N/A Lake Forest Academy 9th Grade - 12th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Bright Horizons - Dearhaven Childcare & Learning Center Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
N/A Fusion Academy Lake Forest 7th Grade - 12th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Montessori School Of Lake Forest Preschool - 9th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Lake Forest Country Day School Preschool - 8th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Woodlands Academy Of The Sacred Heart 9th Grade - 12th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Connections Academy East Private/Charter
* School data provided by National Center for Education Statistics, Pitney Bowes, and GreatSchools. Intended for reference only. GreatSchools Ratings compare a school’s test performance to statewide results. To verify enrollment eligibility, contact the school or district directly.