When people think of northern Illinois, the City of Chicago most often comes to mind. But north of the big city is an area of pristine land and stately homes collectively referred to as the North Shore. On the northernmost end of this region is the area that includes Lake Forest, which quietly hosts estates and homes designed by distinguished architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, David Adler, and Henry Ives Cobb to name only a few.
The City of Lake Forest is located in Lake County, Illinois along the shore of Lake Michigan. The city was founded in 1857 together with Lake Forest College. About 30 miles north of the City of Chicago, Lake Forest is accessible via Interstate I-94, Route 43, Route 60, and Route 41. There are two Metra rail lines that connect Lake Forest to Chicago and Milwaukee and it is a short 30-minute ride to O’Hare International Airport. This area is one of the most historical and architecturally significant suburbs of Chicago.
There exists a healthy Chamber of Commerce, which includes the nearby area of Lake Bluff, that is almost 500 businesses strong. Among other things, it seeks to promote the economic and civic interests of the community. This business-friendly community has five business districts that house over 1200 businesses varying in size from large, international corporations to small boutiques. Restaurants and specialty food shops are plentiful and there is plenty of downtown parking available, too. City public areas are well maintained and it is considered to be a safe and secure community.
Despite its accessible location, Lake Forest is home to an abundance of parks, outdoor offerings, and other activities. It boasts 17 beautiful parks interspersed throughout the community. It is also home to the Wildlife Discovery Center which is located alongside a 670-acre wildlife habitat. The center functions both as an accredited biological field station (OBFS) and a living museum.
Lake Forest Sailing is one of the best sailing programs in the country and has courses available for all ability levels. Deerpath Golf Course has been a part of the Lake Forest community for over 90 years and offers a pristine course experience as well as top-notch instruction.
There is a state-of-the-art Fitness Center with special rates for Lake Forest residents. There are martial arts classes for all ages and a number of youth athletic opportunities as well as an array of other programming for the little ones. And speaking of children, Lake Forest offers both public and private schools that are considered to be among the best in the Midwest.
Performing arts opportunities are endless for both participants and spectators. Lake Forest is home to the Deer Path Art League, the Music Institute of Chicago Lake Forest Campus, the Lake Forest Symphony, and Citadel Theatre. The city’s rich cultural heritage includes a tradition of celebrated artists, writers, painters, filmmakers, actors, and more. From open mic nights to concerts to theatre, there is something for everyone to enjoy. There are community events such as a Sidewalk Sale, regular Garden Market, and Oktoberfest. Lake Forest also provides special offerings for senior residents.
Dickenson Hall offers a variety of programs and services that are aimed towards the senior population in the area. Educational, social, and cultural opportunities are provided in a vibrant environment. Dickenson Hall also offers social services focused on fostering the independence of members of the senior community. And Lake Forest has the fortune of being home to Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital which holds top spots on U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of America’s Best Hospitals.
Offering just a short commute to the City of Chicago and yet secluded from neighboring areas, Lake Forest offers the best of both worlds. With a strong sense of community and copious events for residents of all ages, this beautiful city is equally perfect for families, young professionals, and seniors. For information about current listings and to see all that Lake Forest has to offer, contact me today. I look forward to helping you find your next home!