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While many of Lake Forest’s residents commute into Chicago or its other suburbs for work, some people both live and work in Lake Forest.
Healthcare is the area’s largest industry, with Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and Hospira employing nearly 3,000 people. Lake Forest also has a thriving arts scene, with the Lake Forest Symphony and the Citadel Theater providing residents with plenty of cultural opportunities. This area’s art scene is rounded out by the Lake Forest Campus of the Music Institute of Chicago and the Deer Path Art League. For decades, the residents of Lake Forest have been committed to preserving the area’s natural beauty. Today, the Lake Forest Open Lands Association maintains over 700 acres of land. This land is divided into six distinct nature preserves that the residents of Lake Forest can enjoy year round.
Market Square was built in 1916, making it one of the first master-planned shopping centers in the country.
Designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw, this shopping center is every bit as vibrant today as it was in the early 1900s. Here, you can buy everything from your morning coffee to upscale clothing.
The Lake Forest Fitness Center is a popular choice for those keeping fit and living a healthy lifestyle. The center is kid-friendly, with child care easily accessible through the Kids Kottage. The group fitness classes are a great way to spend time with your neighbors and the selection of free weights and other training machines is extensive.
Lake Sheridan nature preserve includes 250 acres of land on the coast of Lake Michigan. Here, visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, and fishing during the warmer months. During the winter, this nature preserve becomes a prime area for cross-country skiing.
The Wildlife Discovery Center allows kids of all ages to interact with live animal exhibits. The center hosts demonstrations and events throughout the year as well as summer camps and is a popular location for birthday parties.
Lake Forest is part of Lake Forest School District 67.
The high school here, Lake Forest High School, serves Lake Forest as well as the neighboring communities of Lake Bluff and Knollwood. Students also have the option to attend one of two local private high schools.
• Lake Forest High School, Public, Grades 9 through 12
• Lake Forest Academy, Private School
• Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart, Private School, #1-ranked all-girls school in the state
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