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 every weekday 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 City is proud of the employees, both visible and behind the scenes, who continue to serve you and are working hard to keep City services "moving" during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's a look at our Fleet Maintenance Section, where Mechanics Kevin Hill and Larry Kenar are checking out our public safety vehicles so they are ready when you need them!

And below, the staff from the Parks & Recreation Department says hello!
Warm and Sunny Weather Reminders
  • Stay home if you’re sick! Don’t use the parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms. Remember to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, and cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Maintain physical distancing. Do not gather on the path or in a park. Please keep 6 feet distance from others while saying hello. 
  • With so many Lake Foresters outside, it is sometimes difficult to practice adequate physical distancing on sidewalks. Consequently, many walkers are swerving onto the street to maintain the required 6 feet of space. Drivers and bicyclists, please be extra careful and vigilant while out on our roadways and always be prepared to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians, especially when driving near parks, trails, and open spaces. 

  • Please respect the City's closures (playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, etc.).
  • Exercise physical distancing on trails and sidewalks. Be kind and share pathways when biking, running or walking.  Please keep manageable speeds and stay to the right to allow others to pass. 

  • When passing others, pass single file and always on the left. Remember to Call out “On your Left” or ring your bike bell when passing others. Do not walk or ride two-wide to allow others to pass at a distance. 
  • Dogs must be on leashes.

  • Help keep our Open Spaces, trails and sidewalks clean! Please use the pet receptacles in the parks or carry out all waste from trails and sidewalks. In case the pet stations have run out of bags, it's a good idea to bring your own. 
Reminder: Effective in LF beginning tomorrow
This afternoon, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced some modifications that will take effect tomorrow as the Stay at Home Order was extended through Saturday, 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! 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.
Don't Forget...
It's Easy!

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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State/Federal Resources
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