About Lake Forest
Presbyterian ministers founded Lake Forest around Lake Forest College in the mid-1850s. The town was laid out as a stop for travelers making their way to the city of Chicago. To read up on the full history of Lake Forest, click here.
The Potwatomi Indians were the first people on the area known as Lake Bluff; the last Indian treaty made in Illinois was completed in 1833, which gave the Potawatomi tribe two years to move away. This opened up the Lake Bluff area for settlement, and in 1836 the John and Catherine Cloes became the first white settlers to claim land there. To read up on the full history of Lake Bluff, click here.
Lake Forest’s population is 19,375, according to the 2010 Census. There are 2,392 people younger than 18; 14,352 people 18 and older; and 3,339 people 65 and older.
Lake Bluff’s population is 5,722, according to the 2010 Census. There are 1,677 people younger than 18; 4,045 people 18 and older; and 839 people 65 and older.
Hispanic or Latino: 542
Black or African American: 213
American Indian and Alaska Native: 28
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 1
Identified by two or more: 251
Hispanic or Latino: 109
Black or African American: 33
American Indian and Alaska Native: 6
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0
Identified by two or more: 74
According to the 2010 Census, there are 7,444 housing units in Lake Forest. According to the City of Lake Forest, in 2008-2010 the median owner occupied housing unit value was $886,000. The median household income was at $136,801
According to the 2010 Census, there are 2,178 housing united in Lake Forest and the median owner occupied housing unit value is $669,200. The median household income is $149,875.
Mayor: Donald P. Schoenheider
- Lake Forest Elementary Schools District 67
- Lake Forest Country Day School
- School of St. Mary
- Montessori School of Lake Forest
- Forest Bluff Montessori School
- Lake Forest Community High School District 115
- Lake Forest Academy
- Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart
- Lake Forest College
- Lake Forest Graduate School of Management
Recreation and Entertainment
- Citadel Theatre Company
- Deer Path Art League and Gallery
- Forest Park Beach
- Lake Forest – Lake Bluff Historical Society
- Lake Forest Symphony
- Lake Forest Library
- Lake Forest Preservation Foundation
- League of Women Voters Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Area
- The Ragdale Foundation
- Find more by visiting the City of Lake Forest’s website.
- A Wonderful Life in Lake Bluff
- Lake Bluff’s Annual Pumpkin Fest & Chase
- Lake Forest Festival and Fireworks
- Lake Forest Annual Tree Lighting
- Artists on the Bluff
- Lake Forest Literary Festival
- David Adler, architect who designed more than 200 buildings.
- James T. Aubrey, Jr., television and film executive at CBS Television Network from 1959-1965.
- Kipleigh Brown, actress who starred in the movie “Yesterday Was a Lie” as well as the television series “Star Trek: Enterprise.”
- Jim Covert, was an offensive lineman for the Chicago Bears.
- Peach Carr, fashion designer and contestant on season 8 of Project Runway.
- Bobby Douglass, played quarterback for the Chicago Bears.
- Charlie Finn, actor who has been in several movies and TV episodes including “The Dukes of Hazard” and the ABC sitcom “Help Me Help You.”
- Joe Girardi, was catcher for the Chicago Cubs and manager of the New York Yankees.
- Rex Grossman, played quarterback for the Chicago Bears.
- Jean Harlow, an actress and sex symbol of the 1930s.
- Lauren Holly, an actress who was once married to Jim Carrey and starred in CBS’s “Picket Fences.”
- John Hughes, a writer, director, producer, who is best known for films such as “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” “Home Alone,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
- Steve Kerr, played point guard for the Chicago Bulls.
- Jim Lovell, astronaut on Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8, and Apollo 13. Lovell also owns the restaurant Lovells in Lake Forest.
- Williame Lowe, PC pioneer for IBM. He is best known for overseeing the development of IBM‘s first mass market PC.
- Cyrus H. McCormick, founder of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company, which later became International Harvester.
- Lisel Mueller, poet and winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
- Scottie Pippen, played forward for the Chicago Bulls.
- Adrian Smith, architect who led the designs of three of the world’s 10 tallest buildings — Burj Khalifa, Trump Tower Chicago, Jin Mao Building.
- Howard Van Doren Shaw, architect who was best known for his designs in Chicago. He also designed Marktown, Clayton Mark’s planned worker community in Northwest Indiana.
- Mr. T, an actor who has mostly been involved in professional wrestling, enraged residents of Lake Forest in the late ’80s for cutting down more than 100 oak trees around his Lake Forest home.
- Vince Vaughn, an actor who has starred in “Wedding Crashers, “The Break-Up” and “Dodgeball.”
- Charles “Cork” R. Walgreen 111, the third president of Walgreens.
- Jen Lancaster, author of “The Tao of Martha” and “Twisted Sister.”
- Dave Eggers, author, writer and publisher known for books like “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,” “A Hologram for the King” and more.
- Melora Walters, actress who starred or appeared in “Roseanne,” “Seinfeld,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Big Love.”
- Robert Todd Pelinka, Jr., a sports agent for Kobe Bryant and president and CEO of The Landmark Sports Agency.
- Mat Devine, lead singer of Kill Hannah.
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