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Lake-Forest is one of several affluent towns located in Lake County on the North Shore of Chicago. It is about 31 miles north of downtown Chicago. Lake Forest has a population of approximately 20,000 residents and is known for its natural beauty and preservation of its historic structures, including the charming Market Square. Founded in 1857 as a stop for travelers heading to Chicago, Lake Forest was chartered in 1861 and built around its college. Today, it's the home of Halas Hall, which is the training facility for the Chicago Bears, while the Chicago Fire train at the facility located on the campus of Lake Forest College. Several movies have been filmed in Lake Forest, including Ordinary People and actor Vince Vaughn graduated from Lake Forest High School. Lake Forest is well known for two other things - its strong stance against commercial development and for its history of polo. It was once the furthest west establishment of the sport in the United States. Today, Lake Forest continues the tradition, and polo is played throughout August. In F. Scott Fitzgeralds novel The Great Gatsby, Tom Buchanans polo ponies are said to have been bred in Lake Forest.

Surrounding areas: Highwood, Illinois (2.9 mi), Waukegan, Illinois (9.3 mi), Gurnee, Illinois (10.5 mi), Oak Park, Illinois (14.0 mi), Port Barrington, Illinois (15.3 mi), Lake Villa, Illinois (17.0 mi), Schaumburg, Illinois (18.1 mi)

Lake Forest Vacation Rentals

Lake Forest Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Deer Path Inn255 E Illinois RdLake Forest, IL (847) 234-2280
Shoreline Lodge3330 Skokie Valley RdHighland Park, IL1.8 mi.(847) 432-7314
Harrison Conference Center136 Green Bay RdLake Bluff, IL2.6 mi.(847) 295-1100
Woodfield Suites2000 Lakeside DrBannockburn, IL2.7 mi.(847) 317-7300
By The Way Motel123 Skokie BlvdLake Bluff, IL3.1 mi.(847) 234-1789
Sunset Motel511 Rockland RdLake Bluff, IL3.1 mi.(847) 234-4669
Great Lakes MotelHwy 41 At Rt 137Lake Bluff, IL3.3 mi.(847) 689-1520
Homewood Suites By Hilton Chicago/Lincolnshire10 Westminster WayLincolnshire, IL3.3 mi.(847) 945-9300
Extended Stay America215 N Milwaukee AveVernon Hills, IL4.3 mi.(847) 821-7101
Homestead Studio Suites Hotel675 Woodlands PkwyVernon Hills, IL4.3 mi.(847) 955-1111
Chicago Marriott Suites DeerfieldTwo Pkwy NDeerfield, IL4.5 mi.(847) 405-9666
Embassy Suites Chicago N Shore/Deerfield/N Brook1445 Lk Cook RdDeerfield, IL4.5 mi.(847) 945-4500
Marriott Suites Deerfield2 Pkwy NDeerfield, IL4.5 mi.(847) 405-9666
Residence Inn By Marriott Deerfield530 LK Cook RdDeerfield, IL4.5 mi.(847) 940-4644
Hampton Inn & Suites1400 Milwaukee AveLincolnshire, IL4.5 mi.(847) 478-1400
Lincolnshire Courtyard505 Milwaukee AveLincolnshire, IL4.5 mi.(847) 634-9555
Amerisuites Vernon Hills450 N Milwaukee AveVernon Hills, IL4.5 mi.(847) 918-1400
Marriott Hotel Lincolnshire10 Marriott DrLincolnshire, IL4.7 mi.(847) 634-0100
Sleep Inn3250 Bittersweet AveLake Bluff, IL4.8 mi.(847) 578-9900
Springhill Suites By Marriott Lincolnshire300 Marriott DrLincolnshire, IL4.8 mi.(888) 287-9400
Staybridge Suites Hotel100 Barclay BlvdLincolnshire, IL4.8 mi.(847) 821-0002
Red Carpet Inn N Chicago3207 Buckley RdNorth Chicago, IL5.1 mi.(847) 689-9400
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites2600 Lk Cook RdRiverwoods, IL5.1 mi.(847) 374-0260
Hawthorn Suites Ltd975 North Lakeview PkwyVernon Hills, IL5.2 mi.(847) 367-8031
Extended Stay America1525 Busch PkwyBuffalo Grove, IL5.6 mi.(847) 215-0641
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites77 Buckley RdLibertyville, IL5.6 mi.(847) 549-7878
Courtyard By Marriott Deerfield800 Lake Cook RdDeerfield, IL5.7 mi.(847) 940-8222
Hyatt Regency Deerfield1750 Lake Cook RdDeerfield, IL5.7 mi.(847) 945-3400
Econo Lodge2315 Green Bay RdNorth Chicago, IL5.7 mi.(847) 689-4500
Ron Ric Motel1415 22ND StNorth Chicago, IL5.8 mi.(847) 689-3100
Candlewood Suites1100 N US Rt 45Libertyville, IL5.9 mi.(847) 247-9900
Red Roof Inn Northbrook340 Waukegan RdNorthbrook, IL6.3 mi.(847) 205-1755
Courtyard By Marriott Highland Park1505 Lake Cook RdHighland Park, IL6.4 mi.(847) 831-3338
Candlewood Suites1151 S Waukegan RdWaukegan, IL6.6 mi.(847) 578-5250
Westin Chicago North Shore601 N Milwaukee AveWheeling, IL6.6 mi.(847) 777-6500
Wishing Well Motel397 N Milwaukee AveWheeling, IL6.8 mi.(847) 537-3590
Best Western Hitch-inn Post Motor Inn1765 N Milwaukee AveLibertyville, IL7.0 mi.(847) 362-8700
Super 8 Motel Mundelein1950 S Lake StMundelein, IL7.0 mi.(847) 949-8842
Residence Inn By Marriott / Waukegan1440 S White Oak DrWaukegan, IL7.0 mi.(847) 689-9240
Best Inns Of America Libertyville1809 N Milwaukee AveLibertyville, IL7.1 mi.(847) 816-8006
Bed & Breakfast
Round Robin Guesthouse Bed & Breakfast Inn231 E Maple AveMundelein, IL7.2 mi.(847) 566-7664
Windy City Urban Inn607 W Deming PlChicago, IL23.9 mi.(773) 248-7091
Chicago IncChicago, IL28.7 mi.(312) 951-0085

Lake Forest Weather & Climate

Northeast Illinois , near Lake Michigan, lies midway between the Continental Divide and the Atlantic Ocean. The climate is typically continental with cold winters, warm summers, and frequent short fluctuations in temperature, humidity, cloudiness and wind direction. Lake Michigan greatly influences the climate of northeastern Illinois. The large thermal mass of the lake tends to moderate temperatures, causing cooler summers and warmer winters. Cool lake breezes provide relief from summer heat and the lake also tends to increase cloudiness and suppress summer precipitation. Winter precipitation is enhanced by lake-effect snows that occur when winds blow from the north or northeast. These winds allow air to pass over the relatively warm lake, boosting storm system energy and water content, leading to increased snowfall.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 30°F 13°F 1.89 in. -
February 35°F 18°F 1.56 in. -
March 44°F 27°F 2.50 in. -
April 55°F 36°F 3.70 in. -
May 67°F 46°F 3.59 in. -
June 77°F 55°F 3.86 in. -
July 83°F 62°F 3.50 in. -
August 81°F 61°F 4.84 in. -
September 74°F 53°F 3.24 in. -
October 63°F 41°F 2.70 in. -
November 48°F 32°F 3.22 in. -
December 35°F 20°F 2.20 in. -

Lake Forest Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Chicago Ohare International airport (ORD) located about 17 miles south of Lake Forest in Chicago, Illinois, the Du Page airport (DPA) located approximately 30 miles southwest of Lake Forest in Chicago / West Chicago, Illinois, the General Mitchell International airport (MKE) located roughly 49 miles north of Lake Forest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and finally the Greater Rockford airport (RFD) located around 63 miles west of Lake Forest in Rockford, Illinois.

Lake Forest Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Six Flags Great AmericaGurneeIL9.6 mi.
DinorexArlington HeightsIL11.9 mi.
JeepersHarwood HeightsIL18.7 mi.
DinorexAddisonIL22.0 mi.
KiddielandMelrose ParkIL23.1 mi.
DinorexCrystal LakeIL23.4 mi.
Santa's VillageDundeeIL24.2 mi.
Safari LandVilla ParkIL24.8 mi.
Enchanted CastleLombardIL25.7 mi.
House of KicksChicagoIL28.7 mi.
Haunted TrailsBurbankIL34.9 mi.
Sauzer's KiddielandScherervilleIN56.2 mi.
Deer Forest Fun ParkColomaMI79.4 mi.
Little A-Merrick-AMarshallWI89.0 mi.
Water Parks
Racing Rapids Action ParkEast DundeeIL23.2 mi.
Magic WatersCherry ValleyIL55.8 mi.
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI106.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Deer Path Golf CourseLake ForestIL 
Lake Bluff Golf ClubLake BluffIL2.8 mi.
Highland Park Country ClubHighland ParkIL3.7 mi.
Sunset Valley Golf CourseHighland ParkIL4.8 mi.
Deerfield Golf ClubRiverwoodsIL5.5 mi.
Libertyville Golf CourseLibertyvilleIL5.6 mi.
Foss Park Golf CourseNorth ChicagoIL5.9 mi.
Vernon Hills Golf CourseVernon HillsIL6.0 mi.
White Deer Run Golf CourseVernon HillsIL6.0 mi.
Seven Bridges Golf ClubWoodridgeIL6.6 mi.
Village Greens of WoodridgeWoodridgeIL6.6 mi.
Zigfield Troy Golf Range & Par 3WoodridgeIL6.6 mi.
Glencoe Golf ClubGlencoeIL7.3 mi.
Countryside Golf CourseMundeleinIL7.5 mi.
Four Winds Golf CourseMundeleinIL7.5 mi.
Pine Meadow Golf ClubMundeleinIL7.5 mi.
Steeple Chase Golf ClubMundeleinIL7.5 mi.
Village Green Country ClubMundeleinIL7.5 mi.
Chevy Chase Golf CourseWheelingIL7.9 mi.
Kemper Lakes Golf ClubLong GroveIL8.1 mi.
Sportsmans Country ClubNorthbrookIL8.2 mi.
Willowhill Golf CourseNorthbrookIL8.2 mi.
Arlington Golf ClubGranite CityIL8.3 mi.
Bonnie Brook Golf CourseWaukeganIL8.7 mi.
Bittersweet Golf ClubGurneeIL9.6 mi.
Heather Ridge Golf CourseGurneeIL9.6 mi.
Rob Roy Golf CourseProspect HeightsIL10.7 mi.
Winnetka Golf ClubWinnetkaIL11.4 mi.
Brae Loch Golf CourseGrayslakeIL11.8 mi.
Indian Hill Golf ClubTiskilwaIL11.9 mi.
Ski Areas
SunburstKewaskumWI90.8 mi.
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI101.5 mi.
Swiss ValleyJonesMI108.1 mi.
State Parks
Illinois Beach State ParkIL12.3 mi. 
Moraine Hills State ParkIL20.2 mi. 
Chain O'Lakes State ParkIL21.9 mi. 
Big Foot Beach State ParkWI36.4 mi. 
Kohl Children's MuseumWilmetteIL13.2 mi.(Children's)
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and MuseumOak ParkIL24.5 mi.(History)
PullmanChicagoIL28.7 mi.(History)
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL28.7 mi.(History)
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian CultureChicagoIL28.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Museum of Online MuseumsChicagoIL28.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Peace MuseumChicagoIL28.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL28.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Ukrainian Institute of Modern ArtChicagoIL28.7 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy MuseumChicagoIL28.7 mi.(Science)
Chicago Academy of Sciences Nature MuseumChicagoIL28.7 mi.(Science)
Field Museum of Natural HistoryChicagoIL28.7 mi.(Science)
Museum of Science and IndustryChicagoIL28.7 mi.(Science)
Illinois Railway MuseumChicagoIL28.7 mi.(Technology)
Museum of Broadcast CommunicationsChicagoIL28.7 mi.(Technology)
Art Institute of ChicagoChicagoIL28.7 mi.(Art)
D'Arcy Museum of ArtChicagoIL28.7 mi.(Art)
David and Alfred Smart Museum of ArtChicagoIL28.7 mi.(Art)
Martin D'Arcy Museum of ArtChicagoIL28.7 mi.(Art)
Museum of Contemporary ArtChicagoIL28.7 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Brookfield ZooBrookfieldIL28.4 mi.
Lincoln Park Zoological GardensChicagoIL28.7 mi.
John G. Shedd AquariumChicagoIL28.7 mi.
Racine Zoological GardensRacineWI34.1 mi.
Milwaukee County Zoological GardensMilwaukeeWI55.6 mi.
Potawatomi ZooSouth BendIN91.0 mi.
Henry Vilas ZooMadisonWI97.5 mi.

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