Historic and Charming Market Square
Historic Market Square is such a charming place and has been since 1916. It was the first integrated shopping center in the United states.
It was a very expensive undertaking for the times. They built 25 stores, 12 offices, and 28 apartments, and it cost a whopping $750,000, which was a fortune at the time.
In 1979, Market Square was listed on the National Register of Historic Places". I remember the first time I saw it in about 1963 as I was getting off the commuter train. I was so impressed with the architecture.
In 1985, Market Square was purchased by Broadacre Management, and it was extensively restored to the original colr and design. One of the prettiest areas of Market Square is the central park space The city of Lake Forest owns that area, and the Lake Forest Garden Club and Market Square 2000 partnered to pay for that renovation.
Especially magnificent is the Market Square Fountain. It was built in 1911, and it is topped with the gorgeous statue called "Girl With Baby On Shoulder" by Sylvia Shaw Judson [daughter of Howard Van Doren Shaw.
The plaque on the fountain states:
Howard Van Doren Shaw
"His vision foresaw the need, his genius created the design
His zeal consumated the plan for this
Center in Lake Forest Many activities take place in Market Square each year.
The Deerpath Art League Show is held every Labor Day Weekend.
There is Trick or Treat from 3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. each Halloween.
The tree lighting ceremony takes place in November as well as a Holiday Walk.
Shops open late during the Christmas holidays.
1. Howard Van Doren Shaw Fountain.
2. "Girl With Baby on Shoulder" statue by Sylvia Shaw Judson, Howard's daughter.
3. Architecture of Market Square.
4. Serene sidewalk setting along Market Square.
5. The lovely central park center of Market Square.
Yes, Market Square exemplifies the beauty and passion for preservation that is so evident in Lake Forest.
Impressive and Exclusive North Shore Community
"Picturesque and Historic Lake Forest"
When Allan and I lived in Lake Bluff, we spent a great deal of time and money in the neighboring town of Lake Forest. The two towns almost run together, and the students at Lake Bluff end up going to the Lake Forest High School.
Lake Forest is 31 miles north of Chicago and is located on the west shore of LAKE MICHIGAN. This remarkable town is noted for natural beauty, preservation of historic structures, beautiful mansions, and a vibrant business district.
It is a wealthy community and one only need to note that in "1999, the average sale price of a single-family home was $821,316.00"!
Historically, the town was founded in 1852, and The Lake Forest Plan used a general concept of the "city in a park, with its streets laid out in an organic manner that takes into account....the ravines, lake bluffs, etc. instead of forcing the street plan into a formal gridiron plan".
When it was first developed, the original planners made roads that provided limited access to the city to keep it tranquil and isolated. The area called East Lake Forest near Lake Michigan remains rather secluded still today. This is the area that includes many of the distinguished mansions and estates.
"Abundant Educational Opportunities"
In this affluent enclave, education is of utmost importance.
Some say that the town of Lake Forest was built around Lake Forest College which is a beautiful Private four-year college that exemplifies the understated wealth of this historic city.
In addition, Lake Forest is also noted for Lake Forest Academy which is a private Prep School within the city limits.
Also, Lake Forest Country Day School [1-12]is a private school where many local students attend and go on to prestigious eastern prep schools. I can attest to Lake Forest Country Day School because my daughter Jill attended this school for two years.
And, finally, Lake Forest Public Schools are noted for their fine educational opportunities. In all these educational institutions, it is obvious from the buildings alone [wonderful architecture] that the people of Lake Forest value and place a high priority on their children's education.
"Famous for its History of Polo"
Lake Forest was once the farthest-west establishment of Polo in the nation. Today, Lake Forest continues its love of Polo, which is played yearly throughout August.
I remember when I read F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, that Lake Forest was where the lead character, Tom Buchanan's polo ponies were bred. Some people go as far as to say that The Great Gatsby was a mirror of Lake Forest at that time.