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 day.
 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 . As Mayor Pandaleon continues to stress, residents should stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave the house and maintain physical distancing.

Many staff members are working remotely and will respond to you at the earliest opportunity.

***Please note that beginning today, the City will send COVID-19 updates on weekdays only unless there is a reason to send important information during the weekend.***
Tonight's City Meetings
Tonight's Finance Committee Meeting and City Council Meeting will be held virtually. The Finance Committee will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the City Council meeting.

For public viewing, it will be live-streamed on the City's website and on cable television (Comcast channel 17 and A, T & T U-Verse Channel 99 - scroll to "Lake Forest".) Alternately, you may follow this Zoom link:

Please note that you may provide public comment by calling 847.810.3643 during the meeting.
Celebrate Community Arbor Day and Earth Day in Lake Forest!
In an effort to continue to promote the re-greening of Lake Forest while still practicing physical distancing, the City of Lake Forest Forestry section, in conjunction with Lake Forest Open Lands, would like to extend an opportunity for residents to pick up FREE Balsam fir tree seedlings at the following locations to celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22 and Arbor Day on Friday, April 24. 

The seedlings will be available starting on Tuesday, April 21 and refilled daily while supplies last. Pickup will be based on the honor system. 

City of Lake Forest parking lot locations for pick up:
  • City Hall
  • West Park
  • South Park
  • Northcroft Park
  • Everett Park

Lake Forest Open Lands locations for pick up:
  • Mellody Farm Nature Preserve
  • Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve
  • West Skokie Nature Preserve
  • Everett Farm Nature Preserve
  • Skokie River Nature Preserve
  • Derwen Mawr Nature Preserve

For locations of Open Lands' nature preserves, check here .
Fort Sheridan Nature Preserve Alert
The Lake County Forest Preserve District has noted that over the past few days there have been many people enjoying the Fort Sheridan Preserve and ample parking has become a problem. The County would like to keep the Preserve open but asks for your help.
Please note that there is no parking on the streets in Fort Sheridan.  There is a parking lot at the lakefront, at the Fort Sheridan Cemetery and an overflow lot at the Fort Sheridan Train Station on the north side of Old Elm Road in Lake Forest.

In order to keep the Preserve open, the Lake County Forest Preserve Districts asks that walkers, runners and bikers keep practicing social distancing and to park in the designated areas. For more information, please visit the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve website .
Sanitation Services Enhancements Update
Due to the temporary closure of the City’s Compost Center, the City’s Sanitation Section is providing new services on regular resident collection days.

Yard Waste

  • Yard Waste Bags – Curbside collection of 8 bags maximum per collection day, no stickers, twice per week.
  • Brush – Curbside collection 8, 4-foot tied bundle, maximum per collection day, no stickers, twice per week.

Additional Refuse Items
Collection of bulk items or non-typical household garbage will be collected at the curb twice per week. There will be no charge for these additional items placed at the curb. A maximum of 2 cubic yards will be collected (equal to one refuse scooter full or the pick-up bed of a pick-up truck).

No concrete, bricks, railroad ties, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers or hazardous materials will be accepted.

The City Council and City staff asks that residents follow these guidelines. Debris and yard waste created by contracting firms should still not be disposed of curbside.

These additional services will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and may change.

Please remember this is temporary. Once the COVID-19 conditions allow for the opening of the Compost Center, the City will once again require stickers be placed on yard waste bags / bundled brush and additional refuse items must be brought to the Compost Center or be scheduled for a curbside special pickup.

Any changes will be communicated via the City’s website, E-Newsletter and on Facebook. Thank you for your support! If you have questions, please contact Becky Pocasangre at 847.810.3543.
Complete the Census for the Family! Visit the City's website page for all the information.

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. Thank you for helping Lake Forest and Illinois achieve a Complete Count!
Lake County Interactive Map
The Lake County Health Department released an interactive map which 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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