Beach at Lake Forest

The beach at Lake Forest on Lake Michigan. | File Photo

History:

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.

Population:

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.

Demographics:

Lake Forest

White: 17,846
Hispanic or Latino: 542
Black or African American: 213
Asian: 904
American Indian and Alaska Native: 28
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 1
Other: 132
Identified by two or more: 251

— 2010 Census

Lake Bluff

White: 5,267
Hispanic or Latino: 109
Black or African American: 33
Asian: 317
American Indian and Alaska Native: 6
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0
Other: 74
Identified by two or more: 74

— 2010 Census 

Housing:

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.

Local government:

Lake Forest 

Mayor: Donald P. Schoenheider

Lake Bluff

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