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 .
August 3 Virtual City Council Meeting
The next City Council meeting will be held via Zoom on Monday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m. View the meeting agenda here .

It will be live-streamed on the City's website, on cable TV (Comcast channel 17 and U-verse channel 99) or by following this Zoom link (password 1861).

You may provide public comment by calling 847.810.3643 during the meeting.
Lake Forest Day Cancellation
The City's Annual Proclamation stated this year:..."Be it hereby proclaimed that said LAKE FOREST DAY celebration is declared to be a City Fair in our own backyards, and Wednesday, August 5, 2020, shall be observed as a holiday in The City of Lake Forest and our people are urged to gather with their families in a spirit of comradeship and good will in support of the ideals of our City."

Even though the parade and carnival have been cancelled, please support American Legion McKinlock Post 264 by purchasing raffle tickets for the organizations only fundraiser. Look for the sales table outside Egg Harbor, Starbucks and Sunset Foods between 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Medline Distributes Free Reusable Face Masks and Sanitizer Tomorrow
Saturday, August 1
10 a.m.-12 noon
3926 Burwood Drive
Waukegan, IL 60085
(off of Waukegan Road, south of Fountain Square)

Medline will host a drive-through at its Waukegan location, distributing 50,000 free reusable face masks and hand sanitizer while supplies last. Each car is limited to four masks and one bottle of hand sanitizer.
Lake County Board Passes $75 Million Appropriation for COVID-19 Recovery

On Monday, July 27, the Lake County Board passed a $75 million emergency appropriation of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to support Lake County residents, communities, taxing districts, businesses, and countywide services in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Adding to the funding allocated the past two months , the Lake County Board has now committed $105 million for COVID-19 recovery in Lake County.

In April, Lake County received $121.5 million as part of the CARES Act passed by Congress. The Lake County Board created a Special Committee dedicated to providing guidance and direction on CARES Act funding used to develop programming and service opportunities to help the community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Lake County government is allocating funding towards the following programs:
  • $35 million municipality, fire protection district, and other taxing body reimbursement for municipal and local essential services
  • $20 million small business assistance 
  • $18 million food, rental, utility, housing, employment and other resident support and assistance
  • $15.3 million Lake County COVID-19 expenses
  • $13.7 million contact tracing, education, vaccination, behavioral health services, and other public health support and assistance
  • $3 million personal protective equipment 

For more information about how Lake County Government is supporting recovery efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit
On Wednesday July 29, Governor Pritzker announced guidelines for youth and adult recreational organized sports beginning August 15. Each sport will be categorized into three "risk levels": higher, medium and lower. Learn more about the new Guidelines:
Residents whom have not responded should have received a postcard from The U.S. Census Bureau this week. If a response is not received, Census takers will begin in-person visits to households beginning Tuesday, August 11. Census takers will be wearing personal protective equipment and will follow all safety protocols.

The Census Bureau strongly encourages residents to respond online and avoid the need for an in-person visit. Please complete the Census questionnaire at   or by phone at 844.330.2020. 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:
County Level COVID-19
Risk Metrics

The IDPH monitors several indicators that measure the health burden of COVID-19 in each Illinois county. These metrics are intended to help raise awareness of each county’s progress during Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. You can view Lake County risk metrics here .
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