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Overview

Introduction to Lake Forest, Illinois

Lake Forest, Illinois, in Lake county, is 7 miles S of Waukegan, Illinois (center to center) and 29 miles N of Chicago, Illinois. Part of the surrounding Chicago metro area, the city is not an isolated city. Lake Forest is home to some 20,059 residents.

Lake Forest History

The earliest white settlers arrived in this area around 1834. The main occupation of the residents was farming. Lake Forest was founded as a town in 1857. It served as a stop for travelers who were going south towards Chicago. It was incorporated in 1861. Since the town was beautifully planned and offered cultivated landscapes, it attracted the attention of wealthy Chicagoans who made it their home. Since then, Lake Forest has been a wealthy community.

Lake Forest and nearby Attractions

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

Things To Do In Lake Forest

Being an affluent and well planned city, Lake Forest is very beautiful. It has the benefit of natural beauty coupled with vast areas of open spaces. The residents have lovingly preserved the history of the city, as is evident by the magnificent historic structures. The Market Square has a quaint nostalgic atmosphere about it. The city is also host to a series of cultural and community events throughout the year.

Lake Forest Transportation

The Chicago O’Hare International Airport offers international and domestic flights.

Lake Forest Higher Education

The local educational institutions include Lake Forest College, Barat College, and Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

People

Total Population 18,951
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 18.6%
Employed Population 16+ 7,740
Age of the Population 47

Families

% of people married 62.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 75.9%
Median Earnings25+ $90,213
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,447
Median Earnings With High School Degree $42,375

Wealth

Median Family Income $185,917
% Above Poverty Level 94.6%
% Below Poverty Level 5.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 11.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.1%
% Using Public Transportation 10.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 20.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,704
Median House Value $841,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.2%
US/American 1%
English 13.1%
Irish 19.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lake Forest Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles S of Waukegan, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 29 miles N of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 60045
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.258
Longitude -87.84

Lake Forest Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station WAUKEGAN
Distance 6.7 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 55 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 34 inches
Station LAKE VILLA 2 NE
Distance 16.7 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches
Station ANTIOCH
Distance 20.4 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Lake Forest, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Lincolnshire Woods (60045)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bannockburn 1,390 $150,208
Green Oaks 3,850 $170,357

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lake Forest Public Libraries

Library
Lake Forest Library
360 E. DEERPATH ROAD
Lake Forest, Illinois
(847) 234-0636

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Lake Forest Hospitals

LAKE FOREST HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
660 N WESTMORELAND ROAD
(847) 234-5600
Emergency Service: Yes

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Lake Forest High Schools

LAKE FOREST HIGH SCHOOL
1285 N MCKINLEY RD
847-234-3600
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,735 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

Lake Forest Colleges

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Historic Lake Forest

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Mr. Hugh R. McCullough residence (a corner in the shrubbery) between 1895 and 1915

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Mr. Hugh R. McCullough residence (a corner in the shrubbery) between 1895 and 1915

Lake Forest residence of Hugh R. McCullough (interior) between 1900 and 1915

Lake Forest residence of Hugh R. McCullough (interior) between 1900 and 1915

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