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Welcome to Lake Forest ...

The city of Lake Forest is located in Lake County<1>.

A typical abbreviation for Lake Forest: Lk. Forest

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Lake Forest has a population of 19,446 people<2> (see below for details).

Lake Forest was established in 1857.

The community of Lake Forest is 670 feet [204 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Lake Forest lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Area codes for Lake Forest: (847) & (224)<4>

The ZIP code for Lake Forest: 60045<5>

Websites for Lake Forest ...

Official Website:   www.citylf.lfc.edu/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.lakeforestonline.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Lake Forest had an population of 19,446 people. This is an increase of 0.37% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 3.06% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Lake Forest had a population of 19,375 people. This makes Lake Forest the county's 13th most populous community.

The population of Lake Forest represents 0.15% of the total population of Illinois (which has 12,830,632 people), making it the state's 125th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 19,375 people, the population of Lake Forest decreased 3.41% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 20,059 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Lake Forest.

Adding Lake Forest to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

We originally found mention of Lake Forest in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, we also found mention of Lake Forest elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Lake Forest on a Map of the Lincoln Highway (1924).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Lake Forest on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Lake Forest ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 27 communities that are also named Lake Forest - they are located in Alabama (2), California (2), Florida (3), Georgia (4), Louisiana (2), Manitoba, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina (2), South Carolina (2), Tennessee, Texas (2), Virginia and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Lake Forest.

Communities near Lake Forest ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Lake Forest.

  • Waukegan [Lake County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waukegan
    • Waukegan [Lake County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the north of Lake Forest
    • Estimated population in 2019: 86,075 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Waukegan have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Waukegan
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Waukegan<8>
  • Arlington Heights [Cook County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arlington Heights
    • Arlington Heights [Cook County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the southwest of Lake Forest
    • Estimated population in 2019: 74,760 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arlington Heights
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Arlington Heights<8>
  • Evanston [Cook County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Evanston
    • Evanston [Cook County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the southeast of Lake Forest
    • Estimated population in 2019: 73,473 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Evanston
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Evanston<8>
  • Schaumburg [Cook County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Schaumburg
    • Schaumburg [Cook County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the southwest of Lake Forest
    • Estimated population in 2019: 72,887 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Schaumburg have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Schaumburg
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Schaumburg<8>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Palatine [Cook County]
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      • Palatine [Cook County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the southwest of Lake Forest
      • Estimated population in 2019: 67,482 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Palatine have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Palatine
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Palatine<8>
    • Skokie [Cook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Skokie
      • Skokie [Cook County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the south of Lake Forest
      • Estimated population in 2019: 62,700 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Skokie have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Skokie
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Skokie<8>
    • Des Plaines [Cook County]
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      • Des Plaines [Cook County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the south of Lake Forest
      • Estimated population in 2019: 58,899 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Des Plaines have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Des Plaines
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Des Plaines<8>
    • Mount Prospect [Cook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Prospect
      • Mount Prospect [Cook County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the south of Lake Forest
      • Estimated population in 2019: 53,719 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Prospect have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Prospect
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mount Prospect<8>
    • Glenview [Cook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glenview
      • Glenview [Cook County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the south of Lake Forest
      • Estimated population in 2019: 47,308 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glenview have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glenview
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glenview<8>
    • Buffalo Grove [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buffalo Grove
      • Buffalo Grove [Lake County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the southwest of Lake Forest
      • Estimated population in 2019: 40,494 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Buffalo Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Buffalo Grove
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Buffalo Grove<8>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Lake Forest. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Lake Forest.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Lake Forest. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Lake Forest.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Lake Forest. Our list includes 9 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Lake Forest.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Lake Forest ...

Looking for more information about Lake Forest? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Lake Forest, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Lake Forest.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Illinois

About Lake County

About Illinois

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Lake Forest: www.citylf.lfc.edu/

The official website for Lake County: www.co.lake.il.us

The official website for State of Illinois: https://illinois.gov

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Illinois' counties, including Lake, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Lake Forest.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Lake Forest - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Area code (224) is an overlay for area code (847).
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Lake Forest). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Lake Forest or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Lake Forest) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Lake Forest. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Lake Forest

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lake Forest. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.2568, Longitude: -87.8408    
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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