Important COVID-19 Community Updates
Lake Forest entered into Phase 4 of the Governor's "Restore Illinois" Plan. View the Phase 4 Guidelines here .

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

Almost all City buildings are open with limited staffing and safety protocols in place. The City encourages residents to continue using online City services as often as possible.

This E-Newsletter will continue to be issued every 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 .
Beware of COVID Scams and Fraud
Unfortunately, scammers are trying to take advantage of consumers during this challenging time using emails, text messages, direct mail campaigns, robocalls, door-to-door solicitation, and other tactics. The Lake Forest Police Department has received complaints from residents receiving letters with debit cards from the Illinois Department of Employment Security , and have reported fraudsters posing as City officials in order to burglarize homes.

In a recent incident, two subjects, posed as City employees, asked a resident to escort one of them into the basement to view their utilities around the house. While doing so, their partner was able to successfully burglarize the home. Be cautious of these ruse tactics and suspicious of:

  • Calls or texts from unknown numbers, or others that appear suspicious.
  • Requests to share personal or financial information via email, text messages, or over the phone. Remember, government agencies will never call you to ask for personal information or money.
  • Utility workers or service personnel who arrive unannounced and offer services you have not requested.

If you encounter suspicious solicitation activity or are confronted by questionable subjects and are not sure of their intentions, please do not hesitate to call 911.
In Case You Missed It: A New Message from the Mayor
Forest Park Beach Reminders
As of July 23, our friendly beach staff has been welcoming residents and visitors while staying safe and encouraging social distancing for two months! Please remember to wear a face covering at the entrance gate, on the stairs, and when visiting concessions or restrooms so we can all do our part to limit the spread of Covid-19.

For information on water quality, please call the Forest Park Beach Hotline at 847.234.6702 and press 8 or visit our website here for the most up to date information. 
New Travel Guidance & Recommendations
COVID-19 is still spreading, and recent public health recommendations suggest avoiding all nonessential travel, especially to areas with widespread community transmission. Older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for sever disease. Lake County Health Department recommends that individuals returning from an area with widespread community transmission self-quarantine and monitor their symptoms daily.

In addition, here are some quick tips to stay safe while traveling:

  • Avoid contact with sick people and wash hands frequently with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Self monitor your health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning from travel
  • If you are sick with a fever, cough, or have trouble breathing you should stay home and call ahead before seeking medical care

For more information on traveling, please click here .
The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff housing market is buzzing!

Please join the Chamber to hear an update on home sales from local experts.

All are welcome, and the virtual event is complimentary.
Please register here in advance to receive the ZOOM link.
Residents whom have not responded will receive a postcard from The U.S. Census Bureau. Please complete the Census questionnaire at   or by phone at 844.330.2020.

If a response is not received, Census takers will begin in-person visits to households in mid-August. Thank you!
What's Open in Lake Forest?
Parks & Recreation Facilities
  • Deerpath Golf Course
  • Forest Park Beach (including concessions and restrooms)
  • Park Grounds & Trails
  • Tennis Courts
  • Playgrounds at All Facilities
  • Park Restrooms
  • Volleyball nets at the beach
  • Stirling Hall 
  • Dickinson Hall (by appointment; call 847.234.2209)
  • Wildlife Discovery Center (outdoor exhibits and trails open, indoor exhibits & restrooms are closed)
  • Recreation Center (to registered program participants)
  • Fitness Center
  • CROYA 
  • Lake Forest Library
  • Lake Forest Cemetery Gatehouse (by appointment; call 847.615.4341)
  • 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 - Restrooms, AREA Coffee Shop
  • Municipal Services Building
  • Public Safety Building
  • Water Plant
*For a complete list of the status of City buildings visit the City's website .
Community Facilities

Visit their websites for the most up to date information:
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
The City of Lake Forest, Illinois | Website