Lake Forest

Welcome to Lake Forest

Lake Forest (pop. 19,375), located about 30 miles north of downtown Chicago, was founded around Lake Forest College and laid out as a town in 1857 as a stop for travelers making their way south to Chicago. Market Square, in the heart of downtown, is the community center and holds two significant titles – when it was built in the early 1900s, it was the first planned shopping center in the country and home to the first true Marshall Field department store. The original water fountain and Tudor-style exterior remain. The city has more than 500 historical sites, and a large number of artists, writers, musicians, painters and photographers make their home in Lake Forest.

Quick Facts

Population

19,612

Female

9,509

Male

9,372

  • White
    17,729
    90.4%
  • Hispanic
    510
    2.6%
  • Asian alone
    1,177
    6.0%
  • Black
    294
    1.5%
Median Home Price

$ 890,468

Average Income

$162,117

Median resident age

47 years

Lake Forest Schools

School Grades School Level State Ranking/# of Schools Student/Teacher Ratio
Cherokee Elementary School K-4 Elementary 2017: 98/2064 10.7
Deer Path Middle School East 5-6 Middle –: –/– 11.2
Deer Path Middle School West 7-8 Middle 2017: 26/1304 10.9
East Lake Academy PK-8 Private –: –/– 5.8
Everett Elementary School K-4 Elementary 2017: 108/2064 11.8
Lake Forest Academy 9-12 Private –: –/– 4.7
Lake Forest High School 9-12 High 2017: 13/645 13.9
Montessori School Of Lake Forest PK-9 Private –: –/– 2.9
Rondout Elementary School K-8 Elementary 2017: 379/2064 8
School Of St Mary PK-8 Private –: –/– 12
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