• Population: 20,059 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000)
  • Median Household Income: $136,462 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000)
  • Tax Rate Per Assessed Value: 3.779% to 5.927% (2000 County Clerk Tax Extension)

Lake Forest, incorporated in 1861, is a residential community on the Lake Michigan shoreline.


The Lake Forest Recreation Department features 423 acres of playing fields, tennis courts and wildlife areas, as well as two public recreation centers. In addition to a 133 acre, 18 hole public golf course, there are also three private golf courses.


The majority of Lake Forest elementary school students attend District #67 with six schools and enrollment of 2,010 students. Rondout District #72 serves a small portion of Lake Forest elementary students. High school students are served mainly by Lake Forest Community High School District #115 with 1,400 students. Other high schools serving small portions of Lake Forest are Libertyville District #128, Township District #113, and Adlai E. Stevenson District #125.


Lake Forest's housing displays a wide variety of residential units, including apartments and condominiums. The 2000 median house value was $662,400 and the median rent cost was $1005.  (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000)

Medical Facilities

Facilities include the 166 bed Lake Forest Hospital, which is located at the center of a 160-acre health care campus. Included in the health care complex is an 88 bed long-term care facility, and a community health conference center.

Government Services

The Lake Forest Fire Department has 35 full-time firefighters and 3 paid on call at two stations. The Lake Forest Police Department's 32 sworn officers provide police protection.


Commutes to Chicago are available on Metra's Chicago & North Western/North Line or the Milwaukee District/North Line commuter trains. Interstate 94 and U.S. Rte. 41 provide north-south access.
  • Distance to the Chicago Loop: 30 miles
  • Distance to O'Hare Airport: 25 miles
  • Distance to Mitchell Field: 50 miles

Eric P. Egeland