Lake Forest

Serene landscapes and secluded streets

Welcome to Lake Forest

This well-respected village beams with more than 800 acres of free and open space, quiet streets awash with largely sized lots, and a proud community spirit. Long a prominent fixture in Chicago's North Shore, Lake Forest's appeal is nothing new. The beautiful natural setting of Lake Forest ensured its success from its inception in the mid-19th century. Coveted for its strong sense of community, beautiful postcard perfect imagery, affluent and educated appeal, and of course, its lakeside location, it's been beckoning newer residents and retaining its current ones for generations. A longer jaunt from the city than other North Shore villages, this picturesque hamlet offers copious amenities and conveniences so its locals need not stray too far from home should they choose not to. Peaceful and quiet, there's few towns in America replicating the Lake Forest way of life. Encompassing the full spectrum of quality education, including Lake Forest College, a highly educated population calls this town home. Family-friendly and reserving a beautiful historical ambiance, Lake Forest's real estate market offers a proper reflection of the ever-increasing market value of its luxury-driven inventory. 

What to Love

  • A sizeable distance from the city without lack of modern day convenience
  • Nature-driven landscapes all throughout town
  • Secluded lots and architecturally beautiful homes and civic buildings
  • Universal aesthetic appeal 
  • Close knit community foundation

What to Do

Residents enjoy an abundance in parks, stunning architectural attractions, and recreational facilities, as well as easy access to public transportation to and from the neighborhood. Young families gravitate to this affluent neighborhood for its excellent schools that are sure to grant their kids a quality education K through 12. 

Showcasing a myriad of shopping and dining appeal, there are multiple prominent commercial districts in town, promoting small business and larger retail chains all in one. American's first planning shopping center, the town's civic hub Market Square is idyllic in presentation. Located in the town's central business district with its two prominently displayed clock towers and village green, Market Square is the perfect small town destination for shopping or simply taking in the quiet vibes. Perched right down the road, visitors enjoy a luxurious stay at the Deer Park Inn. Flush with opulent finishes of stone fireplaces, custom millwork, and modern day amenities, this now nearly 100-yr old Tudor-style mansion exists on the National Register of Historic Places. Closer to the western edge of town, Sunset Corners Shopping Center and Settler's Square is another highly regarded shopping hub, housing more of your daily conveniences in shops and grocers. Both Sunset Corners and Market Square are properly positioned adjacent to Metra lines.

Offering an unmatched outdoor experience, Lake Forest's direct access to supple acreage of wooded space, miles of hiking trails, and Lake Michigan beachfront gave it its birth as the go-to summer home destination for the Chicago elite at the turn of the 20th century. These same attributes are still what attract people to today. Nestled lakefront and surrounded by expansive estates, as well as relatively more modest homes, Forest Park Beach is where residents and visitors enjoy the summer months. A public beach in a generally exclusive area of town, it's a welcome stop for all. An interconnected network of trails is seen all throughout the North Shore, and Lake Forest is home to many. A great destination for your outdoor hike or bike ride would naturally be the Middlefork Savanna. It's 687 acres of tallgrass landscape - so rarely seen in Chicagoland - you'll be inundated with natural wetlands, marshes, and meadows. 

And no discussion regarding Lake Forest would be complete without mentioning the Chicago Bears, inarguably the town's most famous longtime resident. Situated at 1920 Football Drive (aka, Halas Hall), the Bears have long called Lake Forest their headquarters, with many of its players and coaches - both past and present - raising their families right here in town and the neighboring suburbs. Announced prior to the 2020 season going, the Bears made their decision to begin operating their entire pre-season training camp out of Halas Hall's facilities. This move allowed the team the operational and logistical necessities it needed in the 21st century, while still welcoming its fanbase to partake in the experience. 

Schools

District 115's Lake Forest High School is regularly acknowledged both within the state and nationally as a top-tier education designation with a nearly 99% graduation rate. Every school year, it welcomes its new students from District 67, in addition to Lake Bluff District 65. 

District 67 is where the village's K-8 learners prepare for high school: K-4: Cherokee, Sheridan, & Everett / 5-8: Deer Path

Stats

Incorporated: 1861

Population: ~19,000

12-mo Median Home Price: $864,000 (as of 9/2021)

Properties In The Neighborhood

Take a look at the properties for sale in this neighborhood.

Search All Homes

The Location

Work With Eric

Client-focused and well-educated in all things residential real estate, Eric successfully guides his clients throughout Chicago's Northside and the suburban North Shore, from start to finish. It's his passion. It's his purpose.

Let's Connect

Follow Me On Instagram