Lake Forest Real Estate and Community Information

Lake Forest Real Estate and Community Information

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Ranked one of the “Best Places to Live – Most Affluent” by Money Magazine, Lake Forest is one of the most affluent towns in the country. Located on the banks of Lake Michigan in a part of the Chicago metroplex known as the North Shore, Lake Forest is famous for its gorgeous houses, wealthy residents, and upscale lifestyle.

Shopping and Dining

Known for its gorgeous clothing and high-class shops, Lake Forest has plenty of shopping and dining options for area residents. The town’s Historic Market Square, considered the “first artfully designed shopping center in the country,” resembles a small English market center. The square is home to 25 stores and restaurants, including Griffith, Grant & Lackie; Lake Forest Bookstore; J. McLaughlin; TSE Cashmere; Forest Bootery; Alixandra Collections; Williams-Sonoma; J.Crew; and The Talbots. Forest Square, on the west side of Lake Forest, is home to several grocery stores, popular restaurants, service providers, and retail shops.

Lake Forest’s most popular restaurants include Sushi Kushi Toyo, Francesca’s Intimo, Egg Harbor Café, Ferentino’s Pizzeria, Foodstuffs, and Chief’s Pub. Left Bank, known for its inexpensive but tasty hot dogs and sausages, is also a local favorite. The award-winning chefs at the Deer Path Inn create numerous dining options for area residents and Inn guests, including sushi plates, homemade pastries, mouth-watering meats, and outdoor buffets. The Market House on the Square serves house-made flatbreads, sauces, pastas, cheeses, sausages, salad dressings, and more from within one of Lake Forest’s oldest buildings. Lovell’s of Lake Forest is known for its award-winning steaks, delicious appetizers, and elegant atmosphere.

Parks and Recreation

There’s never a dull moment in Lake Forest. Whether your favorite activity is sailing, dancing, swimming, boating, arts and crafts, working out, golfing, watching wildlife, or simply enjoying the outdoors, Lake Forest has a park or recreational facility to meet your needs. The Forest Park Beach is the perfect place to relax in the sand or in the water. Residents can rent paddle boards, kayaks, windsurfers, and sailboats seven days a week. Additional features include a fishing pier, walking paths, and a seasonal concession stand. Residents also can access more than 30 miles of walking and biking trails throughout the city, including a 4.5-mile, unpaved recreational trail that runs through the Middlefork Savanna. Playgrounds, swings, slides, and open spaces fill the many neighborhood parks scattered across town. Golfers can purchase an annual pass to play at the 18-hole Deerpath Golf Course on W. Deerpath Road. The Recreation Center’s premier fitness center and racquetball facility offers a complete line of Precor cardio equipment, full-body variable resistance circuit equipment, free weights, childcare, an international squash court, three racquetball courts, personal training, and group exercise classes. Art classes are offered at the Stirling Hall Art Center. The Wildlife Discovery Center’s interpretative trails and nature-based programs bring area residents into close contact with a variety of regional animals, birds, and exotic creatures.  


From its historic downtown square to its beautiful parks, Lake Forest real estate is heavily influenced by English gardens and the English countryside. Expansive, lakeside mansions dot the shoreline here, while older, more affordable homes populate the east side of town. Many of these houses are located within easy walking distance of the library, the beach, and Market Square. Median home cost in 2012 was $647,100.

Schools, Health, and Transportation

Lake Forest’s children are served by some of the best schools in the country, including Lake Forest High School, one of the top-ranking high schools in the state. The school also has received a “gold” rank from the U.S. News and World Report, and its graduates regularly attend Ivy League schools around the nation. Lake Forest Academy, widely considered one of the best prep schools in the U.S., was originally founded in 1857 and now serves as a traditional boarding school and as a day-school for boys and girls in the Chicago area.

The award-winning Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital on North Westmoreland Road is considered the leading hospital in Lake County. Three additional acute-care hospitals provide emergency care services within a 10 miles radius of Lake Forest: Advocate Condell Medical Center, Vista Medical Center East, and Vista Medical Center West.

Metra’s Union Pacific/North Line stops at the commuter train station in downtown Lake Forest and connects city residents with Kenosha to the north and Chicago to the south. There also are three Amtrak stations within 30 miles of Lake Forest, including the one in Glenview, which is only 11 miles away. The Chicago O’Hare International Airport is 28.3 miles from downtown Lake Forest.


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