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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population18,881
Male Share of the Population49.6%
Female Share of the Population50.4%
Senior Citizens19.1%
Employed Population 16+7,781
Age of the Population47

Families

% of people married62%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher78.6%
Median Earnings25+$97,188
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,682
Median Earnings With High School Degree$36,328

Wealth

Median Family Income$200,625
% Above Poverty Level96.1%
% Below Poverty Level3.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home12.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.8%
% Using Public Transportation8.6%

Housing

People Living Alone21.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,757
Median House Value$831,800

Ancestry

German20.2%
Irish20.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)13.8%
English13%
Italian10.6%
Polish7.4%
Swedish3.7%
Scottish3.5%
Norwegian2.8%
Dutch2.5%
French Except Basque2.4%
Greek2.3%
Russian2.1%
Slovene1.3%
Czech1.3%
Danishn1.1%
Hungarian1%
Arab1%
US/American1%
Syrian1%
Welsh0.9%
Swiss0.7%
Austrian0.6%
African0.6%
Lithuanian0.5%
Croatian0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Finnish0.5%
Romanian0.4%
Slovak0.3%
Maltese0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Belgian0.2%
Cypriot0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Serbian0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Turkish0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Liberian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
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Lake Forest Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lake County
Standard Zip Codes60045
Phone Area Codes224,847
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude42.23
Approximate Longitude-87.85

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)

StationWAUKEGAN
Distance6.7 miles
Jan Temp12 to 29 F
Apr Temp36 to 55 F
Jul Temp61 to 82 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip34 inches
StationLAKE VILLA 2 NE
Distance16.7 miles
Jan Temp12 to 28 F
Apr Temp36 to 56 F
Jul Temp62 to 82 F
Oct Temp42 to 60 F
Annual Precip35.5 inches
StationANTIOCH
Distance20.4 miles
Jan Temp11 to 28 F
Apr Temp37 to 56 F
Jul Temp62 to 82 F
Oct Temp42 to 61 F
Annual Precip36.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bannockburn1,308$160,938
Green Oaks3,832$185,125
Highwood5,377$77,571
Lake Bluff5,758$161,344
Mettawa462$167,083
North Chicago30,023$46,600

Lake Forest Public Libraries

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

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Lake Forest Hospitals

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
(Non-profit)
660 N Westmoreland Road
(847) 234-5600

Lake Forest Public Schools

Cherokee Elem School
475 Cherokee Rd
ZIP: 60045
(847) 234-3805
Primary
Total Enrollment 328
Deer Path Middle Sch East
95 W Deerpath
ZIP: 60045
(847) 615-4470
Middle
Total Enrollment 458
Deer Path Middle Sch West
155 W Deerpath
ZIP: 60045
(847) 604-7400
Middle
Total Enrollment 522
Everett Elem School
1111 Everett School Rd
ZIP: 60045
(847) 234-5713
Primary
Total Enrollment 311
Lake Forest High School
1285 N Mckinley Rd
ZIP: 60045
(847) 234-3600
High
Total Enrollment 1674
Rondout Elem School
28593 N Bradley Rd
ZIP: 60045
(847) 362-2021
Primary
Total Enrollment 144
Sally Potter School/lake Forest
300 S Waukegan Rd
ZIP: 60045
(847) 566-9180
Primary
Total Enrollment 84
Sheridan Elem School
1360 N Sheridan Rd
ZIP: 60045
(847) 234-1160
Primary
Total Enrollment 246

Lake Forest Private Schools

Dearhaven Childcare & Learning Center
1100 N Westmoreland Rd
ZIP: 60045
Elementary
Total Enrollment 18
East Lake Academy
13911 W Laurel Dr
ZIP: 60045
Elementary
Total Enrollment 121
Lake Forest Academy
1500 W Kennedy Rd
ZIP: 60045
Secondary
Total Enrollment 429
Montessori School Of Lake Forest
13700 W Laurel Dr
ZIP: 60045
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 221
School Of St Mary
185 E Illinois Rd
ZIP: 60045
Elementary
Total Enrollment 462
Woodlands Academy Of The Sacred Heart
760 E Westleigh Rd
ZIP: 60045
Secondary
Total Enrollment 171
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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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