Local Attractions – Things To Do In Lake Forest

As part of the Chicago metropolitan area and the North Shore, Lake Forest provides plenty of opportunities for older adults to enjoy a range of programs and services, delicious dining, culture, outdoor recreation, shopping, and more. Even better, as a resident of Lake Forest Place, you can enjoy all of this with the security of senior services, support and engaging opportunities – right inside our community.

Ready to discover some of the fun senior activities in Chicago you could be enjoying with your family and friends when they visit? No matter your wishes, preferences or interests, our location puts you in the heart of it all.


  1. Proximity to Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital
  2. Market Square in the heart of the city
  3. Lifelong learning opportunities with Lake Forest College
  4. Shops and bookstores
  5. Delicious restaurants catering to a range of tastes
  6. Unique lodging for guests, such as Deer Path Inn and The Forester, a Hyatt Place Hotel
Image of the exterior of Lake Forest College with granite sign
3 senior women sipping wine at an outdoor restaurant table


  1. The Gallery – Dinner with a side of art
  2. Authentico – Traditional Mexican cuisine with a twist
  3. The English Room – Fine dining
  4. The Lantern of Lake Forest – A long-running eatery and bar
  5. Francesca’s Intimo – Featuring the zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome, Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio
  6. Oaken Bistro + Bar – A modern, upscale American bistro and bar


  1. Music Institute of Chicago’s Lake Forest Campus
  2. Gorton Community Center
  3. Citadel Theatre
  4. Dickinson Hall Senior Center
  5. History Center of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff
  6. National Museum of the American Sailor
Group of seniors attending a show at the theater
Forest Park Beach

Outdoor Exhibits and Activities

  1. Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve
  2. Elawa Farm
  3. Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve
  4. Forest Park Beach
  5. Skokie River Nature Preserve
  6. Lake Forest Parks & Recreation


  1. Sunset Corners Shopping Mall – A neighborhood supermarket
  2. Heinen’s Grocery Store – A premier grocery store chain
  3. Lake Forest Book Store – An independent bookseller
  4. Market Square – The first planned shopping center in the United States
  5. Forest & Found – A nonprofit community thrift store
  6. The Lake Forest Shop – Elegant selections hand-picked by stylists
senior woman looking at clothing on a rack
Golf fairway with view of the green

Country Clubs

  1. Onwentsia Club
  2. Knollwood Club
  3. Conway Farms Golf Club
  4. The Winter Club of Lake Forest
  5. The Lake Forest Club
  6. Deerpath Golf Course