Local Community Guides

Suzanne has been very involved with the City of Lake Forest government and community organizations and can provide a fun and fact-filled tour of the area. Click on any town for an overview and links to useful community resources:

Bannockburn
Often referred to as "one of the North Shore's best kept secrets", the Village of Bannockburn is located 27 miles north of downtown Chicago. READ MORE...

Deerfield
As one of the predominant suburbs that make up Chicago's North Shore region, the Village of Deerfield is located on the border of Lake and Cook Counties and has a population over 18,000. The spacious suburban character, superlative schools and quiet atmosphere of Deerfield's residential neighborhoods are among the community's greatest assets. READ MORE...

Fort Sheridan
Touted as the newest North Shore community in 100 years, the Town of Fort Sheridan is a totally unique residential suburb situated on the bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan. READ MORE...

Glencoe
You'll love living in Glencoe, a beautiful lakefront community along Chicago's North Shore. Enjoy the quaint commercial district with its restaurants, chic shops and acclaimed Writers' Theatre, designed by Studio Gang in 2015. Glencoe's Park District with its many neighborhood parks and playgrounds, the gorgeous Glencoe Beach and Watts Fieldhouse Skating Rink are favorites among residents. All of this combined with award-winning schools make quality of life in Glencoe second to none. READ MORE...

Glenview
The Village of Glenview had 350 residents when it was incorporated in 1899. Today, the population is almost 45,000. Located in Cook County, the Village's fine amenities and services, excellent schools, 34 parks and playgrounds covering more than 290 acres, numerous options for shopping and dining and proximity to local expressways and commuter trains have made it one of Chicago's premier suburbs -- a vibrant, thriving community that manages growth with success and style. READ MORE...

Hawthorn Woods
Incorporated in 1958, the Village of Hawthorn Woods is a residential community boasting more than 2,300 homes, all situated on one-acre parcels of land spread over 3.7 square miles. READ MORE...

Highland Park
Hugging Lake Michigan for nearly five miles, the City of Highland Park is home for more than 30,000 residents and 850 businesses. This progressive community offers many natural amenities including ravines, lake shore and an abundance of wildflowers and trees! Highland Park's neighborhoods are filled with a mix of housing styles ranging from historic colonials to award-winning contemporary homes to comfortable downtown condos. READ MORE...

Kenilworth
Located approximately 17 miles north of downtown Chicago, the Village of Kenilworth is the newest of the eight North Shore communities fronting on Lake Michigan. The beauty of the village attracted many distinguished residents including architect and town planner George W. Maher. READ MORE...

Lake Bluff
Some call Lake Bluff a great place to live. Others may refer to its unique character and hometown values. Chicago Magazine ranks Lake Bluff as one of 20 great towns and neighborhoods of the Chicago Metropolitan Region, and Coastal Living Magazine raves Lake Bluff is "a community for the community-minded." Whatever is said, one can't beat the community atmosphere found in this North Shore town! READ MORE...

Lake Forest
The community of Lake Forest is recognized for its natural beauty, sensitivity to open space and preservation of its historic structures and landscapes. Vibrant business districts, including the historic and charming Market Square, welcome residents and visitors alike. Chartered in 1861, the City of Lake Forest is home to prestigious businesses and residential locations and offers many excellent schools and cultural opportunities. READ MORE...

Lake Forest - Middlefork
The community of Lake Forest is recognized for its natural beauty, sensitivity to open space and preservation of its historic structures and landscapes. Vibrant business districts, including the historic and charming Market Square, welcome residents and visitors alike. Enjoying a location 31 miles north of Chicago on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Lake Forest residents have easy access to the Loop, Ravinia Festival and world class golf courses. Chartered in 1861, the City of Lake Forest is home to prestigious businesses and residential locations and offers many excellent schools and cultural opportunities. The Lake Forest Open Lands Association maintains over 700 acres of open space including woodlands, wetlands, prairies, ravines and savannas. The nature preserves are open to the public and provide year-round outdoor recreation opportunities. READ MORE...

Lake Zurich
The Village of Lake Zurich is an established residential community with above-average wealth and housing values. Lake Zurich grew slowly after its incorporation in 1896. With its rural setting and 250-acre lake, the village was a popular summer resort community during the early 20th century. The population has more than quadrupled since 1960, to about 18,000, as the village has shared in the economic growth that has come from an expanding Chicago metropolitan area. READ MORE...

Libertyville
The perfect mix of historic and fashionable, Libertyville is home to shops, salons and restaurants, as well as beautiful parks and historic architecture. The village is centrally located in Lake County in Northeastern Illinois, approximately 37 miles from Chicago. Founded in the early 1830's and incorporated in 1882 with a population of 500, Libertyville has grown into a beautiful community with a current population over 20,000. An ongoing effort to restore and preserve historic Libertyville contributes to the traditional home town atmosphere in the village. READ MORE...

Lincolnshire
Located along I-94 in Lake County and 38 miles from downtown Chicago, the Village of Lincolnshire was incorporated in 1957. The residential character is largely one-half acre lots and larger with most of the residential development located east of the Des Plaines River. West of the river, a growing commercial and corporate office tax base includes Marriott Resort, several restaurants and retail areas and a corporate center which is home to several Fortune 500 companies. READ MORE...

Long Grove
The Village of Long Grove is unique among suburban communities - an oasis from suburban sprawl where residents can enjoy a relaxed and rural lifestyle. The village covers about 18 square miles, which translates into many acres of open space. Named for the groves of oak and hickory trees that covered a vast area that now includes the Deer Grove Forest Preserve, the village of Long Grove is a Lake County treasure. Long Grove may be best known for its Historic Business District which attracts visitors with specialty shops, fine galleries, boutiques and special dining along the cobblestone sidewalks. Sensible planning and carefully styled merchandise have produced a unique retail business community. Home sites are often multi-acre in size. Historic farmhouses, country mansions, Cape Cods, and stunning custom-built Tudors are among the housing choices. Transportation is convenient and easily accessible on Metra rail and major highways including the Edens Expressway (I-94), the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), and the Northwest Tollway (I-90. READ MORE...

Mettawa
Located 35 miles from Chicago, Mettawa residents enjoy a country atmosphere and natural beauty. Home sites are typically 5 acre parcels of meadows and woods. With close proximity to Lake County Forest Preserve areas and the Des Plaines River, outstanding recreational opportunities abound. A number of equestrian trails and centers make this community particularly appealing to those interested in horse properties. Transportation options include Route 60, Interstate 94 and St. Mary's Road. The Lake Forest West Metra train station is also a short distance away. Several public school districts surround the village. Teens attend Adlai E. Stevenson High School or Libertyville High School. READ MORE...

North Shore
Nothing compares to the unsurpassed beauty and distinctive charm of Chicago's North Shore. Nestled along the glorious shores of Lake Michigan, these inviting communities are convenient to Chicago's city center and offer value and diverse options for residents and visitors. READ MORE...

Northbrook
Located just 25 miles north of downtown Chicago, the Village of Northbrook has long been regarded as one of the premiere communities on the North Shore. With its outstanding community amenities, highly ranked educational system, excellent transportation routes, outstanding business climate and prime north shore location, Northbrook is an excellent place to live, work, shop and play. Graced with outstanding recreational facilities, upscale retail centers, and civic-minded residents, Northbrook has something for everyone. READ MORE...

Winnetka
Incorporated in 1869 and picturesquely situated on the shore of Lake Michigan, just 16 miles north of Chicago, the Village of Winnetka offers tree-shaded streets and neighborhoods as well as three quaint in-town business districts. "Winnetka" is a Native American word meaning "beautiful land", and the village has retained the natural beauty that brought early settlers to the area. READ MORE...