Important COVID-19 Community Updates
We appreciate the chance to bring you up to speed on what we are learning from local and regional sources now every Monday, Wednesday and Friday or as necessary.

Please dial 9-1-1 in case of emergencies only and call 847.234.2601 for non-emergencies.

Check the City's website for additional information and continue to send any inquiries to . During this time, residents should stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave the house, continue to practice physical distancing and wash their hands as often as possible.

Many staff members are working remotely and will respond to you at the earliest opportunity.
The Governor's Extended Executive Order is in Effect Today through May 30
  • The Order includes a requirement for anyone over the age of 2 to wear a face covering when in a public space where a 6-foot distance from others can't be practiced. For more information on proper face coverings or how to make your own, please visit the CDC website page.

  • Golf courses may re-open, and Deerpath Golf Course is ready for your reservation! Please check the website to book a tee time and for up-to-date information. 
  • Retail stores will be allowed to open to limited phone service, manage internet orders and offer curbside pickup or delivery.

  • Added to "essential businesses": greenhouses, garden centers, nurseries and pet grooming services.

  • All stores should try to space customers to the greatest extent possible - i.e. markings on the floors, limit customers, one-way lanes, etc.

  • Some elective surgeries may take place in compliance with guidelines provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

  • The State of Illinois will be opening a community-based COVID-19 testing site in Waukegan at 2161 Northwestern Avenue. Visit for information.
Deerpath Golf Course - Welcome, May 1!
Beach Update
The City has been receiving many letters and calls from residents about re-opening the beach. Thank you for your interest in being able to enjoy Lake Forest's beautiful lakefront and for your patience and understanding!

Even though the Governor's Executive Order is currently in place through May 30, the Parks & Recreation Department has been working on developing several different scenarios for re-opening should that date change. Typically, Memorial Day serves as the Grand Opening, and the Parks and Recreation Department is now advertising for Life Guards on the City's website .

Please know that the City staff is working diligently to open the beach as soon as it is possible. New protocols for using the beach may be established at re-opening, and the City will communicate all information as it becomes available.

Photo by Joy Murawski
Monday, May 4 City Council Meeting
The next City Council meeting will be held virtually on Monday, May 4. At that meeting, the City Council will thank First Ward Alderman Prue Beidler and Fourth Ward Alderman Michelle Moreno for their service as they term off. The City will welcome First Ward Alderman Jennifer Karras and Fourth Ward Alderman Eileen Looby Weber.

For public viewing, the meeting will be live-streamed on the City's website and on cable television (Comcast channel 17 and A, T & T U-Verse Channel 99 - scroll to "Lake Forest".) Alternately, you may follow this Zoom link.

Please note that you may provide public comment by calling 847.810.3643 during the meeting.
Mayor Pandaleon's April 29 Message

The dedicated staff at Dickinson Hall is busy making sure Lake Forest and Lake Bluff seniors are taken care of during the Stay at Home Order. Dickinson Hall Manager Tricia Schwall shops and delivers groceries to seniors (being sure to follow social distancing guidelines) and has found clever locations to leave the groceries! Other staff members have been working hard on the "Newsbriefette", an online weekly version of the "Newsbrief" newsletter, and making calls to check in on over 1,000 Dickinson Hall members. Additionally, the social worker is making sure that needs of local seniors are being addressed during this time.
May Administrative Hearing Postponed
The Administrative Hearing scheduled for Thursday, May 14 has been rescheduled to Wednesday, June 10. Letters have been mailed to all individuals with pending cases. For more information, please visit the City's website .
Guidance Provided by the CDC for "Re-opening"
Click here to see guidelines provided by the CDC for businesses preparing to re-open when possible. According to the CDC, t his guidance is intended for all Americans, whether you own a business, run a school, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your home.

"Reopening America requires all of us to move forward together by practicing social distancing and other daily habits to reduce our risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. Reopening the country also strongly relies on public health strategies, including increased testing of people for the virus, social distancing, isolation, and keeping track of how someone infected might have infected other people. This plan is part of the larger United States Government plan and focuses on cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and can also be applied to your home."
Don't Forget...
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Do it for Lake Forest!

The Census paper questionnaire was mailed on April 8 to anyone who has not yet responded. Please complete the questionnaire and return it or respond online at or by phone at 844.330.2020.

In the coming months, when it is safe to do so, Census takers will follow up with in-person visits to addresses for which responses have not been received.

Completing the Census questionnaire is easy, secure and important. Thank you for helping Lake Forest and Illinois achieve a Complete Count!
Go Native! Plant & Tree Sale on May 9 and 10
The Annual Plant and Tree Sale, cosponsored by The City of Lake Forest and Lake Forest Open Lands has shifted to a new reality! Native Perennial Garden Kits will be available for pickup on Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Lake Forest Open Lands, 350 North Waukegan Road.

To place your orders and for more information, visit the Open Lands website .
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 .
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