Important COVID-19 Community Updates
Please note that there will be no E-News issued on Friday, July 3.

In anticipation of a beautiful 4 th of July weekend, please be aware that the City continues to practice safe and socially responsible behaviors at our facilities, parks and the lakefront. 

We are expecting very large crowds at Forest Park Beach for the holiday weekend and would like to remind our patrons that we will be monitoring the number of people on the beach level. 
We expect that we may reach capacity from July 3-5 and ask that you be patient if you are turned away from the gates or the stairs.

It would be helpful if families who travel by car to the beach would do so in a single family vehicle if safety allows. This will help to alleviate the burden on the north and upper south parking lots and overflow parking on the Ring Road. 

Before heading to the lakefront you can check with the lifeguard office to see if the beach is full by calling 847.810.3665.

The staff is working very hard and doing their best to ensure a safe and healthy experience for all. Be kind…they want nothing more than for everyone to have a fun day at the beach and continually work hard to see that it happens. 

Beginning last Friday, Lake Forest entered into Phase 4 of the Governor's "Restore Illinois" Plan. View an updated version of Phase 4 Guidelines here .

 Please remember that face coverings, frequent hand sanitizing and 6-foot physical distancing are still required.

Most City buildings are open with limited staffing and safety protocols in place. Other City staff will continue to work remotely. Until further notice, the City encourages residents to continue using online City services as often as possible.

This E-Newsletter will continue to be issued every Monday, Wednesday and Friday or as necessary. Please dial 9-1-1 in case of emergencies only, and 847.234.2601 for non-emergencies. For all other City services, please call the City's general phone line, 847.234.2600. Check the City's website for additional information and continue to send any inquiries to .
What's Open in Lake Forest? Updates highlighted in yellow.
Parks & Recreation Facilities
  • Deerpath Golf Course
  • Forest Park Beach (including concessions and restrooms)
  • Park Grounds & Trails
  • Tennis Courts

Open beginning Friday, July 3:
  • Playgrounds at All Facilities
  • Park Restrooms
  • Volleyball nets at the beach

Open beginning Monday, July 6:
  • Stirling Hall 
  • Wildlife Discovery Center (outdoor exhibits and trails open, indoor exhibits & restrooms are closed)
  • Recreation Center (will open to registered program participants only on Monday, July 6)
  • Fitness Center (will open on Monday, July 6, with limitations)
  • Kinderhaven
  • Park and Beach Pavilions will remain closed through 2020 
*For a complete list of the status of recreation facilities visit the Lake Forest Parks & Recreation's website.
City Buildings 
  • Cemetery & Gatehouse
  • City Hall
  • Compost/Recycling Center
  • East Train Station - Restrooms, Silver Lining Barber Shop and Slick Shine (Metra ticket office closed)
  • Telegraph Road Train Station - opening today, July 1 (including restrooms); AREA Coffee Shop will open on Monday, July 6)
  • Municipal Services Building
  • Public Safety Building
  • Water Plant
*For a complete list of the status of City buildings visit the City's website .
Happy July 4!
Even though we won't be able to celebrate the big holiday at the annual Friends of LF Parks and Rec's "Festival & Fireworks" -- (not a current photo) -- due to current heath restrictions, we are hoping you will be able to enjoy the day with friends and family responsibly!

Please remember that is unlawful to sell, give, possess, discharge or set off fireworks or pyrotechnics in Lake Forest.

  • Be sure if you are using legal fireworks, such as sparklers, might seem like a safer alternative; however, they can heat up to 1,200˚F. Do not allow children to use sparklers without adult supervision.
  • Generally, any fireworks that have to be lit by a wick and/or shoot into the air are illegal in the City of Lake Forest.
  • If injured by a firework, go to a doctor immediately. If it is an eye injury, do not rub the injury, as it may cause more damage.
  • The best way to prevent firework injuries is to not use them at all.
Any resident who has information on the use of illegal fireworks is asked to please contact the Lake Forest Police Department at 847.234.2601. Officers will make attempts to generate voluntary compliance with the responsible party to stop the use of illegal fireworks. If that is unsuccessful, a citation may be issued for a City Ordinance violation.

Happy Fourth of July - and please stay safe!
Holiday Schedule
City offices will be closed on Friday, July 3.

Please also note that the Compost/Recycling Center will be closed on Saturday, July 4, but will resume business on Sunday, July 5 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

There will be no changes in garbage, recycling or yard waste collection for the week. For information on collection services, please call 847.615.4264.
Lake County Interactive Map
The Lake County Health Department's interactive map shares the number of residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 in each municipality. According to the LCHD website, it is best viewed on a computer. You can view the map   here .
Local Resources
State/Federal Resources
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