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  • Median Home Price – $851,900
  • Median Rent – $1,750
  • Median Income – $92,762

About Lake Forest

If you are thinking about moving to the Chicago area soon, you are surely doing the research and looking for a perfect new neighborhood for your family. 

There are a lot to choose from, but in this blog we will share with you what the village of Lake Forest has to offer and what it is like living in Lake Forest.

We are sure it will capture your heart as it did ours and that you will at least put it on your shortlist of Chicago suburbs and gorgeous places to live in.

Lake Forest is a city located inLake County, IL with a population of 19,375 residents.

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.

What does Lake Forest have to offer?

You must be asking yourself what it would look like living in Lake Forest, and we will show you a little bit better its best features, and why people love living in Lake Forest and never want to leave:

Family-Friendly Community

Lake Forest is a quiet, safe suburb. It is an ideal place to start a family and has some pretty great schools nearby. The city has a wonderful atmosphere with great people.

It is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Lake Forest offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes.

In Lake Forest there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. It is great for outdoor activities with kids and / or pets.

💡 Did you know?

The Potawatomifirst inhabited Lake County before they were pushed away in 1836.


Lake Forest has Interstate Highway access through the Tri-State Tollway (I-94).

In addition, the Skokie Highway (U.S. Highway 41) runs through Lake Forest, roughly bisecting the city.

 Lake Forest is connected with suburbs west of it through Illinois Route 60

Additionally, Lake Forest has two Metra commuter railroad stations, both of which share the same name. 

The Union Pacific/North Line has a station in East Lake Forest, while the Milwaukee District/North Line has a station in West Lake Forest.


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”, today 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, right down to 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.

Today, Lake Forest continues the tradition, and polo is played yearly throughout August.

In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, Tom Buchanan’s polo ponies are said to have been bred in Lake Forest. Furthermore, the character of Daisy Buchanan was based on Fitzgerald’s ex-girlfriend Lake Forest resident Ginevra King, whose family brought polo ponies to Lake Forest.


Most Lake Forest residents attend Lake Forest School District 67 and Lake Forest High School.

Lake Forest High School serves Lake Forest as well as parts of neighboring Lake Bluff.

Lake Forest also has another school district, Rondout School District 72, which serves far-eastern parts of Libertyville, and all parts of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff that lie within Libertyville Township.

It has one school, Rondout Elementary School, which serves grades K-8.

Students attend Libertyville High School after graduating.

Elementary and middle schools:

Public schools:

  • Rondout Elementary School-public/em>
  • Cherokee Elementary School—public
  • Everett Elementary School—public
  • Sheridan Elementary School—public
  • Deer Path Middle School—public

Private schools:

  • Lake Forest Country Day School—private
  • School of St. Mary—private
  • East Lake Academy—private
  • Montessori School of Lake Forest—private; Montessori
  • Forest Bluff School—private; Montessori; in neighboring Lake Bluff; majority of students though live in Lake Forest

High Schools:

  • Lake Forest High School—public
  • Lake Forest Academy—private
  • Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart—private

Colleges and Universities

  • Lake Forest College
  • Lake Forest Graduate School of Management

💡 Did you know?

Ordinary People, the story of a Lake Forest family, directed by Robert Redford was filmed on location in Lake Forest in 1980, and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Places to visit in/near Lake Forest, IL

  • Raupp Memorial Museum
  • Cuneo Museum & Gardens
  • Highland Park Historical Society Museum
  • Deerpath Park Golf Course
  • Old School Forest preserve
  • MacArthur Woods Preserve

Arts and entertainment

Lake Forest is home to Citadel Theater, as well as the Gorton Community Center
which includes the John and Nancy theater,

the Music Institute of Chicago Lake Forest Campus and the Deer Path Art League.

💡 Did you know?

Andrew Bird, the rock singer, was born in Lake Forest, Jeff Pilson, the bassist, as well as Pete Wilson, the politician.

Looking for movers in Lake Forest?

If you are looking for movers in Lake Forest, look no further. We have served the residents of Lake Forest since the moment we opened for business. We know Chicago suburbs and neighborhoods like the back of our hand.

We provide professional, reliable and affordable service. We are a moving company with years of experience and with highly trained movers that will make your move easy and stressless. We provide a range of services to choose from — and we will handle everything from start to finish.

Our Services:

  • Residential Moving
  • Office Moving
  • Packers and Movers
  • Storage Movers
  • Labor Movers (just loading/unloading)

Moving to Lake Forest? Give us a call today to get a free quote and talk with our sales representatives who will find the best option for your particular moving situation.

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