Lake Forest

Lake Forest is located along the shore of Lake Michigan, and is a part of the North Shore. Eastern Lake Forest, near the coast of Lake Michigan, is comprised of relatively secluded neighborhoods and is one of the most scenic, historical, and architecturally significant suburbs of Chicago. These neighborhoods include estates and homes designed by distinguished architects. The central business district of Lake Forest includes a Metra station on the Union Pacific/North Line and 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. The business district to the west includes a Metra station on the Milwaukee District/North Line and 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, extends along the city’s northwestern border with the Tri-State Tollway. The Chicago Bears training facility and headquarters, Halas Hall, is located in west Lake Forest, and the Chicago Fire now train at the Bears’ previous facility located on the campus of Lake Forest College.



Lake Forest School District 67

  • Deer Path Middle School
  • Cherokee Elementary School
  • Everett Elementary School
  • Sheridan Elementary School

Lake Forest Community High School District 115

  • Lake Forest High School


Top Employers

According to the Village’s 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:

1. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, 1,600
2. Hospira, 1,350
3. Trustmark Companies, 800
4. Solo Cup Company, 600
5. Lake Forest College, 500
6. Lake Forest Community High School District 115, 350
7. Pactiv, 300
8. City of Lake Forest, 275
9. Brunswick, 200
10. Packaging Corporation of America, 200



As of the 2010 census it had a population of 19,375. According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $150,670, and the median income for a family was more than $200,000. Males had a median income of $100,000+ versus $44,083 for females. The per capita income for the city was $77,092.

Newest Lake Forest Listings

4 Beds 4 Baths MRD11676818 MLS
JUST COMPLETED NEW CONSTRUCTION! READY FOR IMMEDIATE OCCUPANCY. Let the sun shine in on this new meticulously built farm house designed and curated with top of the line custom finishes throughout with no detail spared. Four bedrooms above grade with 3 full bathrooms situated on a beautiful half-acre property. Entertaining is effortless in this expansive casual open floor plan with bright & airy Chef's Kitchen featuring Calcatta Quartz countertops with a large walk in Pantry overlooking the beautiful large back yard. The Great Room is open to the Kitchen and showcases a fireplace with built-in bar. An added bonus are two glass doors that lead out to an inviting and cozy covered porch element wonderful for today's modern day summer gatherings. Located directly off the Foyer is a quiet but inviting Study. The Dining room features built-in cabinetry and an adjacent Butlers Pantry. The bright open staircase leads you to the Second floor which offers a peaceful Primary Bedroom suite with an oversized Bathroom oasis with free standing tub and large walk-in closet with custom organizers. Three additional bedrooms and a convenient Laundry room finish up the second floor. Wide plank White Oak hardwood floors throughout various locations of the home. Extra deep nine foot height partially finished basement allows for plenty of room for expansion of living space if desired. Attached three car garage offers the ability to park oversized SUV's and more! This new home creates an ideal balance between openness and privacy. Do not miss this opportunity for brand new construction in Lake Forest.

1380 Oak Knoll Drive, Lake Forest

5 Beds 8 Baths MRD11675773 MLS
When LIFESTYLE meets HOME, welcome to 35 Rue Foret. Lifestyle has never been so good until you embark on this remarkable custom Lake Forest Beauty. Spectacular setting for this 7500+ square foot gem nestled perfectly on a 1.8 acre gated professionally landscaped lot. This estate is graced with amenities found only in the finest of homes on the North Shore. Pull through the gated entrance to the circular drive where your greeted with your own private full tennis court and basketball area. Beyond the stone walls, walk the path to through the gardens to the private temperature controlled greenhouse and spectacular outdoor entertainment aquatic area. Custom Stone hardscape graces not only your front entry and verandas, yet also the entire patio area that surrounds the gorgeous in-ground swimming pool, kid's splash pool and in-ground custom designed spa tub. All of the pools (outdoor and indoor) have been customized with incredible European tile that is simply said, a piece of art with in your aquatic spaces. Summertime has never been so much fun when you open the sliding doors to the Cabana that serves the pool area. The Cabana has it own Bar, Keg area, sink, dishwasher, oven, Miele cappuccino maker & lastly a circular huge fish tank! The bar/kitchen area is made completely from stainless steel and glass and will serve family and guests in style all year long. Easy pass through the Cabana will take you to the pool bathroom with custom dolphin faucet & full glass tiled shower. Enter the front foyer through your 8' double doors to experience the the exquisite iron staircase & soaring ceilings with breath taking views from every room. The living/music room is to your left upon entry and has a stunning stone fireplace & a perfect view of both the tennis court and pool area. Main level office with custom cabinetry is perfectly places to the right for your home office. HUGE dining area with direct access to the pool covered veranda and pool, includes a custom bar and breakfront area just perfect for entertaining both indoors & out! Step into the Chef's kitchen huge center island & gorgeous stone floor tile. Loads of storage with 48" European cabinetry, Kitchen bar area, blue pearl granite tops & backsplash. High end commercial appliances including a sub zero refrigerator, yes, please! Off the Kitchen is an incredible family/great room with see through fireplace & direct access to the Game Room and Cabana. Main level Primary bedroom with fireplace, 2 (yes TWO) LUX baths and direct access to private patios! HUGE laundry room on main level PLUS You won't believe the size of the mud room off of the 4 car garage. So much storage & an additional dryer too! (for those wet pool towels) Upstairs you'll find 4-5 additional bedrooms. Two ensuite bedrooms and Two with a shared Jack & Jill bath. Plus an incredible Bonus Room that could serve as a craft room, office, play room or 6th bedroom. Step off the hallway to the rooftop deck overlooking the beautiful gardens! Now, let's talk BASEMENT. This Beauty's Basement adds another 3800 square feet, showcasing a total of 11,000+ square feet of lifestyle & living space. LOVE the custom BAR with high end commercial grade appliances & incredible wine room!! Step to the TICKET BOOTH (yes, I said ticket booth!) to the most incredible home theater with awesome sound system, twinkle lights & custom storage sleek cabinetry! Movie night anyone? What else could there be? How about, an INDOOR POOL & BUILT IN HOT TUB! Stay in shape during those winter months or simply relax in the spa, as you enjoy the beauty of the custom mural and the spectacular artistry in the pool tile. For the athlete out there, you'll love therapy tub and waterfall shower surrounded by slabs of exotic stone that encase the entire room...This is the perfect place to heal after your workouts. Enjoy the weight room and separate stylist room with pedicure station. Office & Full bath too! Luxury & Lifestyle await here at 35 Rue Foret!! WOW!!!!

35 Rue Foret, Lake Forest

4 Beds 4 Baths MRD11675147 MLS
Rare custom 4bd/4bth Dartmouth in sought-after Academy Woods. This well-appointed home is nestled into a private cul-de-sac offering peace and tranquility to future owners. The sun-drenched main floor offers a versatile floor plan with well-proportioned rooms, a fireplace, vaulted ceilings, double French doors, bonus three season room and hardwood floors throughout. Spacious kitchen, breakfast room and great room are ideal for family living and entertaining. This large kitchen offers custom maple cabinetry with granite counters, top of the line SS appliances such as a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Viking stove, Bosch dishwasher, wine cooler and separate prep sink. Laundry/mud room located off kitchen near garage entrance. First-floor primary retreat includes tray ceilings, two walk in closets, En-suite with whirlpool tub and separate shower. The Second floor holds three generously sized bedrooms and a large newly renovated full bathroom. Don't forget about the fully finished basement offering an additional 1,100 square feet of living space. Basement includes wet bar, cedar closet, half bath and additional storage space. You can easily create a game room, drop a pool table in or make your dream media room. A secluded backyard offers stamped concrete, a play pool, two patios, plumbed gas line for the house grill master and plenty of privacy. Future owners have direct access to Middlefork Savanna conservancy offering over 600 miles of walking trails walking trails, birding, bicycling, cross-country skiing, hiking and self-guided trails! Recent updates include NEW hot water heater (2020), NEW A/C (2020), NEW radon mitigation system (2021), NEW skylights in 3 season room, NEW exterior paint/caulking, expanded and fully renovated second floor bath, addition of 4th bedroom. Academy Woods is a highly sought-after neighborhood where pride of ownership truly shows. Community is adjacent to the prestigious Lake Forest Academy. Come tour this beautiful home today!

1721 Yale Court, Lake Forest

4 Beds 4 Baths MRD11671583 MLS
Thanks to a meticulous selection of color, texture and light this home has a stylish, warm on-trend, neutral vibe and is move-in ready! If you love an organized home, the storage and hidden features of this home will help you. The home, located in the desirable Ponds subdivision, features 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths on the 2nd floor with a 1st floor office/bedroom and 1/2 bath. The toilet and shower in the upstairs hallway bath are separated from the double sinks; making the bathroom functional for multiple users. Kitchen has custom-made, solid wood, maple Dynasty cabinets and granite countertops with high-end appliances; double ovens, 1 1/2 dishwashers, 2 sinks, 2 disposals. There are cabinets designed to organize silverware, knives, cutting boards, cookie sheets, pots/pans, large bowls, small appliances, store root veggies and more. The kitchen and family room are an open floorplan creating a natural flow to the wet bar for entertaining. The large primary bedroom has room for a sitting area, desk or workout space. Nice walk-in closet. Primary bathroom has a heated marble floor, tile, counters, and mirror frames, as well as, a separate commode. Shower has a full door that creates a steam-room-like experience. Each sink has a combination of cabinets and drawers for storage and hidden outlets to hide unsightly cords. The mud room and laundry are conveniently located on the first floor and there is a blue stone patio for enjoying the privacy of the fenced in yard. Front porch is covered in blue stone and is the perfect for reading a book on a sunny day. Garage is oversized with a plenty of space for storage. Exterior has cedar siding, 3/4" cedar shake roof and gutter covers. Basement has room for game day entertaining, play space, craft closet, walk-in storage closet and great storage room, along with the 6th bedroom and full bath. The Ponds neighbor has wonderful walking trails and ponds with a bridge to Waveland Park and Cherokee School. Come feel the welcoming comfort and warmth of this home. Buyer pays transfer tax $4 per $1000. Home is realtor owned.

721 Valley Road, Lake Forest

The data relating to real estate for sale on this website comes in part from the Broker Reciprocity program of Midwest Real Estate Data LLC. Real Estate listings held by brokerage firms other than our company are marked with the MRED Broker Reciprocity logo or the Broker Reciprocity thumbnail logo (the MRED logo) and detailed information about them includes the names of the listing brokers. Some properties which appear for sale on this website may subsequently have sold and may no longer be available. The accuracy of all information, regardless of source, including but not limited to square footages and lot sizes, is deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be personally verified through personal inspection by and/or with the appropriate professionals. The information being provided is for consumers personal, non-commercial use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing.

Copyright 2022 MRED LLC. All rights reserved.

Based on information submitted to the MRED as of . All data is obtained from various sources and has not been, and will not be, verified by broker or MRED. MRED supplied Open House information is subject to change without notice. All information should be independently reviewed and verified for accuracy. Properties may or may not be listed by the office/agent presenting the information.

NOTICE: Many homes contain recording devices, and buyers should be aware they may be recorded during a showing.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, 17 U.S.C. § 512 (the DMCA) provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that material appearing on the Internet infringes their rights under U.S. copyright law. If you believe in good faith that any content or material made available in connection with our website or services infringes your copyright, you (or your agent) may send us a notice requesting that the content or material be removed, or access to it blocked. Notices must be sent in writing by email to

The DMCA requires that your notice of alleged copyright infringement include the following information: (1) description of the copyrighted work that is the subject of claimed infringement; (2) description of the alleged infringing content and information sufficient to permit us to locate the content; (3) contact information for you, including your address, telephone number and email address; (4) a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the content in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, or its agent, or by the operation of any law; (5) a statement by you, signed under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that you have the authority to enforce the copyrights that are claimed to be infringed; and (6) a physical or electronic signature of the copyright owner or a person authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf. Failure to include all of the above information may result in the delay of the processing of your complaint.