Important COVID-19 Community Updates
Beginning last Friday, Lake Forest entered into Phase 4 of the Governor's "Restore Illinois" Plan. View an updated version of Phase 4 Guidelines here .

 Please remember that face coverings, frequent hand sanitizing and 6-foot physical distancing are still required.

The Municipal Services Building and City Hall are open with limited staffing and safety protocols in place. Other City staff will continue to work remotely. Until further notice, the City encourages residents to continue using online City services as often as possible.

This E-Newsletter will continue to be issued every Monday, Wednesday and 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 .
Happy July 4!
Even though we won't be able to celebrate the big holiday at the annual Friends of LF Parks and Rec's "Festival & Fireworks" -- (not a current photo) -- due to current heath restrictions, we are hoping you will be able to enjoy the day with friends and family responsibly!

Please remember that is unlawful to sell, give, possess, discharge or set off fireworks or pyrotechnics in Lake Forest.

  • Be sure if you are using legal fireworks, such as sparklers, might seem like a safer alternative; however, they can heat up to 1,200˚F. Do not allow children to use sparklers without adult supervision.
  • Generally, any fireworks that have to be lit by a wick and/or shoot into the air are illegal in the City of Lake Forest.
  • If injured by a firework, go to a doctor immediately. If it is an eye injury, do not rub the injury, as it may cause more damage.
  • The best way to prevent firework injuries is to not use them at all.
Any resident who has information on the use of illegal fireworks is asked to please contact the Lake Forest Police Department at 847.234.2601. Officers will make attempts to generate voluntary compliance with the responsible party to stop the use of illegal fireworks. If that is unsuccessful, a citation may be issued for a City Ordinance violation.

Happy Fourth of July - and please stay safe!
Holiday Schedule
City offices will be closed on Friday, July 3.

Please also note that the Compost/Recycling Center will be closed on Saturday, July 4, but will resume business on Sunday, July 5 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

There will be no changes in garbage, recycling or yard waste collection for the week. For information on collection services, please call 847.615.4264.

Small Business Recovery Program

The Lake County Board passed a resolution approving a professional services agreement with Lake County Partners to administer the Small Business Recovery Program.  Earlier this month, the Lake County Board allocated $10 million dollars to fund the program which was created to assist small businesses in the county, that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Beginning in early July, businesses will be able to apply for up to $30,000 to cover occupancy costs (rent, mortgage, utilities) as well as expenses incurred due to COVID-19 (masks, sanitization services/materials, employee training, etc.). Information on how to apply will be made available soon. 

Also, the Lake County Board  voted to extend its  coronavirus disaster proclamation   through July 28, 2020. This proactive measure allows Lake County to continue to access additional state and federal funding and resources for COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. 
The original disaster proclamation was signed by Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart on March 13, 2020 , and has been extended by the Lake County Board numerous times. The proclamation will be in place through July 28 unless the Governor terminates the State's declaration of disaster. 
What's Open in Lake Forest? Updates highlighted in yellow.
City Buildings 
  • Cemetery & Gatehouse
  • City Hall
  • Compost/Recycling Center
  • East Train Station - Restrooms, Silver Lining Barber Shop and Slick Shine (Metra ticket office closed)
  • Municipal Services Building
  • Public Safety Building
  • Water Plant
  • Telegraph Road Train Station 
*For a complete list of the status of City buildings visit the City's website .
Parks & Recreation Facilities
  • Deerpath Golf Course
  • Forest Park Beach (including concessions and restrooms)
  • Park Grounds & Trails
  • Tennis Courts

Open beginning Monday, July 6:
  • Fitness Center (with limitations)
  • Stirling Hall 
  • Wildlife Discovery Center (outdoor exhibits and trails open, indoor exhibits & restrooms are closed)
  • Recreation Center (will open to registered program participants only on Monday, July 6)
  • Park & Beach Pavilions 
  • Park & Beach Playgrounds 
  • Park Facility Restrooms 
  • Kinderhaven 
*For a complete list of the status of recreation facilities visit the Lake Forest Parks & Recreation's website.
Don't Forget...
It's as Easy as
It's Important

Please respond online at or by phone at 844.330.2020.

In the coming months, when it is safe to do so, Census takers will follow up with in-person visits to addresses for which responses have not been received.

Completing the Census questionnaire is easy, secure and important. Thank you for helping Lake Forest and Illinois achieve a Complete Count!
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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