Welcome to Lake Forest

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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

SchoolGradesSchool LevelState Ranking/# of SchoolsStudent/Teacher Ratio
Cherokee Elementary SchoolK-4Elementary2017: 98/206410.7
Deer Path Middle School East5-6Middle–: –/–11.2
Deer Path Middle School West7-8Middle2017: 26/130410.9
East Lake AcademyPK-8Private–: –/–5.8
Everett Elementary SchoolK-4Elementary2017: 108/206411.8
Lake Forest Academy9-12Private–: –/–4.7
Lake Forest High School9-12High2017: 13/64513.9
Montessori School Of Lake ForestPK-9Private–: –/–2.9
Rondout Elementary SchoolK-8Elementary2017: 379/20648
School Of St MaryPK-8Private–: –/–12
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