Lake Forest in Illinois, Tree City USA

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Deerpath Building and Theater, part of the Lake Forest Historic District © flickr.com - Teemu008/cc-by-sa-2.0

Deerpath Building and Theater, part of the Lake Forest Historic District © flickr.com – Teemu008/cc-by-sa-2.0

Lake Forest is a city located in Lake County, Illinois, United States. Per the 2020 census, the population was 19,367. The city is along the shore of Lake Michigan, and is a part of the Chicago metropolitan area and the North Shore. Lake Forest was founded with Lake Forest College and was laid out as a town in 1857, a stop for travelers making their way south to Chicago. The Lake Forest City Hall, designed by Charles Sumner Frost, was completed in 1898. It originally housed the fire department, the Lake Forest Library, and city offices.

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.

William T. O'Donnell House, part of the Green Bay Road Historic District © flickr.com - Teemu008/cc-by-sa-2.0 Young Men's Club, part of the Lake Forest Historic District © flickr.com - Teemu008/cc-by-sa-2.0 Lake Forest City Hall © Teemu08/cc-by-sa-3.0 Alden Butler Swift House, part of the Green Bay Road Historic District © flickr.com - Teemu008/cc-by-sa-2.0 Alfred Granger House, part of the Lake Forest Historic District © flickr.com - Teemu008/cc-by-sa-2.0 Castlegate Court - Deerpath Hill Estates © Teemu08/cc-by-sa-3.0 Deerpath Building and Theater, part of the Lake Forest Historic District © flickr.com - Teemu008/cc-by-sa-2.0 Dexter Cummings House, part of the Lake Forest Historic District © flickr.com - Teemu008/cc-by-sa-2.0 Edward H Bennett House © Teemu08/cc-by-sa-3.0 Green Bay Road, part of the Vine-Oakwood-Green Bay Road Historic District © Teemu08/cc-by-sa-3.0 Innisfail, part of the Green Bay Road Historic District © Teemu008/cc-by-sa-3.0 J. O. Hinckley House © Teemu08/cc-by-sa-3.0 Lake Forest High School © Nyttend Lake Forest Library, part of the Lake Forest Historic District © flickr.com - Teemu008/cc-by-sa-2.0 Leverett Thompson House © Teemu08/cc-by-sa-3.0 Louis F. Swift House © Teemu08/cc-by-sa-3.0 Mark Twinny House, part of the West Park Neighborhood Historic District © flickr.com - Teemu008/cc-by-sa-2.0 Market Square © Slo-mo/cc-by-sa-3.0 Martin D. Hardin House © Teemu08/cc-by-sa-3.0 Mrs. Frank Petner House, part of the West Park Neighborhood Historic District © flickr.com - Teemu008/cc-by-sa-2.0 Oakwood Avenue, part of the Vine-Oakwood-Green Bay Road Historic District © Teemu08/cc-by-sa-3.0 Oakwood Avenue, part of the Vine-Oakwood-Green Bay Road Historic District © Teemu08/cc-by-sa-3.0 Suffield House, part of the Green Bay Road Historic District © flickr.com - Teemu008/cc-by-sa-2.0 West Park Pavilion, part of the West Park Neighborhood Historic District © Teemu008/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Mrs. Frank Petner House, part of the West Park Neighborhood Historic District © flickr.com - Teemu008/cc-by-sa-2.0
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”, in which a team of “Westerners” (who would today be considered Midwesterners), challenged the best of the Eastern US polo teams, winning two of three matches. Box seats sold for $5.50, and the general public was admitted for $1.10. The Chicago press covered the match extensively, including the arrival of every horse and player, the color of the horseflesh, and the color of the goalposts. 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.

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