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 .
Enjoy Updates from the Mayor & Village President
Updates to the Restore Illinois Plan
On July 15, Governor Pritzker's office announced modifications to the Plan in order to combat a resurgence of cases while maintaining the progress Illinois has made towards flattening the curve.

You may view the Restore Illinois Actions to Combat a Resurgence of COVID-19 document here .

These mitigations include further restrictions that will be implemented should public health metrics see increases in COVID positivity rate and other factors.

The Emergency Medical Services Regions has increased from 4 to 11, and the City of Lake Forest has moved from the Northeast Region to the North Suburban Region, #9, which includes Lake County and McHenry County. The current metrics from July 16, 2020 below apply to both counties.
Have a Face Covering with You at All Times
The CDC has issued  new guidance  
recommending the use of face coverings for all individuals over the age of two. Wearing a face covering can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Face coverings should be worn: 
  • By all individuals over the age of 2
  • In all public indoor spaces
  • Outdoors, when a distance of six feet from others cannot be maintained
 To be effective, face coverings should cover the nose and mouth. 
Monday, July 20 Virtual City Council Meeting
The next City Council meeting will be held via Zoom on Monday, July 20. The Finance Committee meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the City Council meeting will immediately follow. Both meetings will be live-streamed on the City's website and on cable television (Comcast channel 17 and U-Verse Channel 99). Alternately, you may follow this Zoom link .

View the meeting agenda here . You may provide public comment by calling 847.810.3643 during the meeting.
Ragdale Receives Funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act
The National Endowment for the Arts announced $44.5 million in CARES Act funding, which will save jobs and support essential operations at 855 arts organizations across the nation affected by COVID-19. Read the story here .

Congratulations to our friends, artists, musicians and writers at Ragdale!
Lake County Small Business Assistance Grant Program

Lake County is now accepting applications for the Lake County Small Business Assistance Grant Program. Through July 20, 2020, businesses can apply online for up to $30,000 to cover up to four months of occupancy costs (rent, mortgage, utilities) and other related expenses. Please click here for the FAQ.
The U.S. Census Bureau will mail a reminder postcard to any residents whom have not responded next week. 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? Updates highlighted in yellow.
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 will open on Monday, July 20 (for express service and limited computer use
  • 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
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