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

3 Beds 3 Baths 11989111 MLS
Maintenance Free Living at Its Finest! Welcome to Academy Woods, 77 single family homes with a homeowner's association. No long hallways to navigate, elevators to ride or neighbors above and below. All the convenience of condo living in a detached home! Located on the former Ogden J. Armour Estate, the picturesque drive in to Academy Woods is so peaceful. Services provided each residence includes a comprehensive landscaping package: weekly cutting, edging, trimming and pruning, some weeding, bi-annual mulching and a spring and fall clean up. Snow removal after 2" to your garage and front door, gutter cleaning twice annually, painting of the exterior and maintenance and insurance for all the Academy Woods common areas. ONLY ONE Association Fee, no additional master association fee. Living in Academy Woods is not just a home, or neighborhood, it is a lifestyle that will free up some of your precious time. Even this professional photography is NOT capturing the essence of this home, only when you are in the Great room can you experience the sense of style and space this home offers. Walls of windows brings all the natural light in; this home is bright even on the dreariest days. Distinctive architectural features include vaulted and tray ceilings, two-story marble fireplace with gas starter and logs, a wall of cabinetry with lighted display for your memorable artifacts. Built-in dining room side board has lighting below creating an elegant mood when entertaining. Maple hardwood floors are in most rooms on the first floor and new carpeting on the second. All three full baths have been remodeled. Kitchen has an abundance of wood cabinetry, large deep drawers, display cabinets, pantry closet, custom planning desk, many new appliances, glass backsplash and tasteful Quartzite stone counters. First floor bedroom suite is complete with two walk-in closets and a remodeled bath I know you will appreciate. The seller said this major investment was SO WORTH IT! Another first-floor room has a wall of closets and a full bath adjacent offering so many possibilities. It is a perfect home office, library or guest suite with a large window and generous wall space or perhaps you need another first bedroom. 22X13 second floor room has a wall of built-in bookcases, closed lower cabinetry and built in desk. All closets are professionally organized and additional cabinet storage was added in the heated garage. Partial basement would finish beautifully with high ceilings. There is additional storage ready for all your treasures. Carrier gas forced air furnace with additional air filtering system and humidifier and central cooling and two A O Smith hot water tanks all new 2022. Whole house fan reduces the need for central air and can improve indoor air quality. In 2022 a new roof with CCA treated wood cedar shakes for longer life (an $84,000 investment) & large capacity 6" gutters were installed. New garage doors 2023. Whole house Guardian generator by Generac Power Systems. Automatic irrigation system to keep landscaping lush throughout the seasons. Academy Woods residents are fortunate to have direct access to the Middlefork Savanna, once part of a large glacial lake. The Middlefork Savanna provides safe harbor for endangered plant and wildlife species, uncommon birds, butterflies and other species and several environmentally sensitive wetlands. Enjoy 670 acres of walking trails, birding, bicycling, cross-country skiing and hiking.

1751 W Stanford Court, Lake Forest

5 Beds 5 Baths 11986932 MLS
Sophisticated and timeless Mid-Century estate sitting on 2.47 acres on one of Lake Forest's most prestigious and highly sought after roads. This residence is a complete gut rehab executed to perfection with all new electric, plumbing, floor-to-ceiling Pella windows, HVAC and radiant floor heating. Enjoy a new chef's kitchen complete with Viola Calcutta marble, hidden SubZero appliances, a marble clad coffee & bar station and a hidden appliance garage. Beautiful Apparatus Studio light fixtures are showcased without stealing the spotlight from the organic outdoor/indoor feel. The large primary suite features collector-worthy European vintage lighting throughout, along with walnut and quartzite vanities, soaking tub, huge walk-in shower with a quartzite bench and hand made tile. Custom millwork and walk in closets throughout provide a surplus of neatly integrated storage. The home is fully wired for cameras and alarms, in addition to built-in "invisible" speakers in the kitchen, living room and outdoor pool area. The recent construction was performed by True North Builders and architect Mike Viamontes (formerly of Rugo/Raff). Interiors by bespoke design firm, Cole Haus. The exterior boasts all new stucco, Ipe decking, roof, asphalt driveway, cedar storage sheds and 80+ new trees. With multiple areas to entertain outdoors, the pool and spa has been completely overhauled with new plaster, tile, equipment and vacuum. The newly built, two- car heated garage has a sun-filled gym including its own HVAC system, accessible via a courtyard, enclosed by symmetrical breeze block walls that match those around the pool.

51 W Onwentsia Road, Lake Forest

5 Beds 5 Baths 11978376 MLS
Welcome to this elegantly renovated and expanded stone and shingle residence, ideally situated between the town and the lake. The highest quality materials and construction are evident at every turn. The first-floor primary suite is akin to the best hotels with trayed ceilings, custom millwork, a spacious walk-in closet, and a cozy fireplace. The ultra-luxe primary bathroom includes heated floors and the most decadent shower/wet room with dual shower heads, dual rain heads, a steam shower, and a deep soaking tub. The convenient first-floor office with fireplace, Murphy bed, and private full bath offer ample flexibility for a guest suite and/or home office. The kitchen/family room is as perfect for everyday living as it is for entertaining! The light and bright open space houses abundant custom cabinetry, a spacious island, quartzite countertops, a walk-in pantry, and the finest appliances, including Wolf steam oven, Wolf dual fuel ranges, Sub-Zero refrigerator, wine refrigerator, refrigerated drawers, and two Miele dishwashers. The fireplace anchors the seating area for the ideal conversation and TV-watching setup. Sliders open to the bluestone patio with a built-in BBQ, overlooking the private backyard with perennial gardens, lawn, and a putting green. Upstairs hosts 4 large bedrooms with ample closets, vaulted ceilings, and two Jack and Jill bathrooms. The basement will be the favorite hangout spot for friends and family. There is a recreation room with a fireplace and TV-watching area, room for a pool table or card table, exercise room, wine room, home theater, and lots of storage- it's all here! The attached three-car garage and first-floor mudroom/laundry room are on every buyer's "must have" list! This is the one!

794 E Illinois Road, Lake Forest

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