When Lake Forest was incorporated in 1861, its first citizens were determined that the city's trees, ravines and bluffs be protected from future development. They were so impressed with the area's natural beauty that they designed the village to co-exist with the natural landmarks. As the years passed, Lake Forest quickly became famous due to the number of notable persons who chose to make their homes there. By World War I, the list of property owners in Lake Forest began to read like a Who's Who of the rich and famous in Chicago.
The Lake Forest Open Lands Association preserves and manages more than 200 acres of open space, including numerous walking trails amid serene meadows. The Lake Forest Parks Department also operates seven community parks, a beautiful beach with a boat launch area and an 18-hole golf course. The Gorton Community Center offers programs for all ages through the recreation department, including fine arts classes and sports classes and teams, while senior citizens are also offered an assortment of programs.
For fans of professional sports, nearby Chicago is home to a plethora of sporting teams including baseball's Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, football's Chicago Bears, basketball's Chicago Bulls, hockey's Chicago Blackhawks and soccer's Chicago Fire.
Over the past few years, the Market Square and other Lake Forest developments have been renovated. The Union Pacific railroad station was recently restored to its turn-of-the-century elegance and the eastern section of town has been designated a national landmark. The city has improved its west business district with the new Milwaukee Road train station, a larger fire station, infrastructure improvements and the addition of Setters Square, a park-like area in front of the new train station.
Students in Lake Forest are served by School District 115, which also serves the nearby communities of Lake Bluff and Knollwood. Those seeking post-secondary education can attend Lake Forest College, a private liberal arts institution, or Lake Forest Academy. There are also a number of excellent public and private institutions located within the nearby city of Chicago.
The community of Lake Forest remains historically significant and visually distinctive. Thoughtfully planned and strikingly beautiful, the town features sweeping vistas of Lake Michigan, lovely homes and a serene atmosphere, all within arm's reach of the world-class attractions of the Windy City.
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