Lake Forest Travel Guide

  • Deer Path Inn
    Deer Path Inn
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    Deer Path Inn in Spring
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  • Friendly Staff in the Dining Room
    Friendly Staff in the Dining Room
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Lake Forest Hotels

  • Residence Inn Chicago Lake...

    26325 N Riverwoods Blvd, Mettawa, Lake Forest, Illinois, 60045, United States

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  • Deer Path Inn

    If you have "money to spare", then this is the place to stay while visiting Lake Forest. This...


Lake Forest Restaurants

  • North Shore's Award Winning Restaurant

    For a real Sunday treat, select the ultimate Sunday Champagne Brunch in the English Room at the Deer Path Inn Granted, because it is so expensive [$35.00 per adult and $17.50 for children 12 and under], we have only gone once or twice.When you walk into the room, your senses are bombarded with wonderful frangrances such as maple syrup, crisply...

  • Pub With Style

    If staying at the Deer Path Inn or while just visiting Lake Forest, a good place to enjoy a delicious lunch is in the WHITE HART PUB in the Dee Path Inn.It's less formal than the other eating areas, but just as delicious. The menu includes Appetizers, Salads, Sandwiches, Pasta, Pizza and Specials.My favorites are The Greek Salad with Shrimp...

  • Historic 1901 Building

    Housed in the city's first fire department [1901], The South Gate Cafe gleans its name from the street along its northern border. This was Howard Van Doren Shaw's planned entrance or "gateway" to Market Square. This building has been certified as a National Historic Landmark.When you enter Southgate Cafe, there is a small bar area on the left and...

  • Casual French-American Restaurant

    In about 1998, the South Gate Group started the Bank Lane Bistro and Bank Lane Bakery. The Bistro has a wood burning oven, and is located on the secon floor above the Bakery. The building that it is housed in has been certified as a National Historic Landmark.The owner, Larry Ross grew up in Lake Forest and still is actively involved in the running...

  • Freshly Made Items

    Bank Lane Baker is part of the South Gate Complex. It is located on the 1st floor below the Bank Lane Bistro. It features all freshly made items.There is a cafe menu that features:A variety of salads and soups in regular, large, "feed the family" sizes.*Sandwiches range from $3.50 to $6.00. You are able to purchase a half or a full sandwich.Their...

  • Celebrity Connection

    On the western side of Lake Forest, you will find an outstanding restaurant called Lovells of Lake Forest. The photograph that I used is of the mural called "Steeds of Apollo" [a gift to Captain James A. Lovell from Tom Hanks].It is located over the bar. This beautiful mural is a depiction of the myth of Apollo pulling the sun across the...

  • "Best Burgers In Town"

    The sign in the window reads, Best Burgers in Town". The sign does not lie. Established in 1934, this unassuming restaurant called THE LANTERN has served the people of Lake Forest with comfort food.One late afternoon in August of 2007, my husband Allan and I decided to revisit The Lantern because Allan had a taste for one of their famous...

  • Mouthwatering Chocolates and Ice Cream

    What a treat it was for me to savor the delicious combination of creamy rich coconut/almond ice cream smothered with decadent hot fudge! It was an unusually warm late September afternoon, and I had not eaten since early morning. I was too busy visiting and photographing the beautiful town of Lake Forest. As I walked down the short street called...

  • 45 Years of Service

    The Left Bank holds a special place in my heart....when our daughter Jill was growing up, she went to school for a few years at Lake Forest Country Day School which did not have school on Friday afternoons. Thus, Allan would always take her to The Left Bank for lunch. The two of them really loved it there. They were on a first name basis with the...


Lake Forest Transportation

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    Lake Forest is Served by METRA

    by deecat Updated Oct 9, 2007

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    1. 1899 Frost and Granger Railroad Station in downtown Lake Forest.
    2. Railroad baggage cart.
    3. Sign announcing the Lake Forest Station.
    4. Another angle of the baggage cart.

    Lake Forest is served by METRA to Chicago. It's the Union Pacific North Line It is located at 691 North Western Avenue right in the heart of town.

    When I use the METRA, it is usually on weekends and the cost is a mere $5.00 for the entire weekend!

    It's interesting to note that this downtown train station [called Frost and Granger Railroad Station] was renovated from 1978 through 1986. It was built in 1899, but by the 1970's, it was in disrepair and the RTA [now known as METRA was going to replace it with a "utilitarian structure". Thus, The Lake Forest Preservation Foundation, the City and the RTA raised more than $400,000 to renovate the building.

    This station is used for selling tickets and sheltering passengers, and it is also home to the Chamber of Commerce, a barber, a bank, a shoe repair shop, a cleaners, and a newstand.

    The station has beautiful plantings of flowers during the summer and annual holiday decorations during the winter.

    Lake Forest Railroad Depot Ambience at the Railroad Depot Announcing Lake Forest Stop Charm and Character of Lake Forest Depot Area
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Lake Forest Shopping

  • Luxury Apparel and Accessories

    In 1989, TSE the cashmere label, was founded by Augustine Tse, supporting an idea that this luxury yarn, up to that point, had been greatly under-utilized. This beautiful raw material had been used very one-dimensionally, was very classic and expensive, and was perceived to be reserved only for the elite. The objective of the company was to...

  • Family Owned Sporting Goods Store

    In 1968, Kiddles Sports [Sporting Goods and Bicycles] was established by Ron, Millie, and Jay Shlifka. It is located in historic Market Square and is one of the most well known shops in Lake Forest.They provide local [and not so local] tems with custom designed uniforms. In addition, they do screen-printing and embroidery services for custom...

  • Independent Book Store

    Lake Forest Book Store, Inc. is a real favorite of mine. One reason is because i love book stores, especially independent book stores. However, Lake Forest Book Store is very special. It has been open since 1949. It was in a space south of town square for 55 years. Now, it is located across from the train station in Town Square area. This is a much...


Lake Forest Favorites

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    Historic and Charming Market Square

    by deecat Updated Oct 9, 2007

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    Favorite thing: 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:

    Fountain 1911-1980
    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

    Fondest memory: 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.

    Market Square Fountain Architecture of Market Square Serene Setting of Market Square Center of Market Square
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