Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Joint effort to remove garlic mustard set this weekend.
People with a bent for community service and nature are encouraged to be part of Volunteer Workday from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at either Forest Park or McCormick Ravine, according to information from the City of Lake Forest. The program is a joint effort of the City and Lake Forest Open Lands Association. “This workday will be great opportunity for families to get their hands dirty and to learn about the ecological importance of both of these Lake Forest natural areas,” a City news release said. Volunteers are encouraged to wear pants, long sleeves and sturdy shoes which can get dirty, according to the release. Gloves and safety glasses will be provided. People can contact the City Department of Forestry or Open Lands for more information…
Friday, April 26, 2013
Coldwell Banker posted this video on YouTube to reflect what it's like to live in Lake Forest.
Ah, the beauty of Lake Forest and all it has to offer from lakefront views to upscale shopping to historic architecture, as presented in this YouTube video from Coldwell Banker. Tell Us: What do you enjoy most about living in Lake Forest? Share your enthusiasm and favorite spots in the comments.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The city hosted a public forum last week to gauge residents on whether the community offered enough diverse housing options. Residents had mixed feelings.
The City of Lake Forest put the question out there—"Do you feel that Lake Forest has an adequate variety and supply of housing options?" Residents and real estate agents attended an April 18 community engagement forum at the Gorton Community Center to offer their response. Some said they felt the city's housing stock wasn't accommodating to the less affluent and younger families who will end up looking elsewhere, while others argued cheaper housing would hurt their property values, reported the Chicago Tribune. One resident reportedly said she didn't want families living in Lake Forest who could not afford it, according to the Tribune's story. In a Patch story posted prior to the forum on April 15, residents weighed in on the diversified …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
In anticipation of the forecasted heavy rainfall, The City of Lake Forest is prepared to implement the Rainfall Emergency Plan.
The information below comes from the City of Lake Forest. In anticipation of the forecasted heavy rainfall, The City of Lake Forest is prepared to implement the Rainfall Emergency Plan, which is designed to respond to and minimize the damage resulting from excessive or intensive amounts of rain. In the event that flooding occurs, City crews will respond to reported flooding issues based on the following priorities: 1. Basement flooding 2. Street/intersection flooding 3. Yard flooding To report basement and street flooding during regular business hours, please contact the Water & Sewer Utilities office at 847-810-3571. To report basement and street flooding after hours, call the Public Safety Non-Emergency telephone number at 847-…
The Lake Forest City Council was unable to reach an agreement on lifting the ban on alcohol sales at gas stations. Another vote is slated for next month.
Wednesday, April 17
Lake Forest gas station owners will have to wait awhile for a final decision on whether their businesses will be permitted to sell alcohol. The city council was unable to reach an agreement on proposed changes to the liquor code at Monday's meeting, so the ban on alcohol sales remains in place for now, reported the Chicago Tribune. Highwood is the only nearby community that allows gas stations to sell alcohol, according to a survey conducted by Lake Forest Police. The next vote has been scheduled for May 20.
Monday, April 15, 2013
The City of Lake Forest seeks resident input on housing options at a community engagement forum at Gorton Community Center Thursday.
Monday, April 15
Do you feel that Lake Forest has an adequate variety and supply of housing options? Should development of additional housing options be encouraged? Considering the housing options that are currently available, does the community need more of some options and less of others? These are a few of the questions the City of Lake Forest is asking residents to consider in preparation for a community engagement forum to be held 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at the Gorton Community Center. Resident input will be sought to assist the city in pursuing goals established by the recently adopted City of Lake Forest Strategic Plan. Over the past few decades, different types of housing have been constructed in Lake Forest, including large single family …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Residents are invited to attend Community Forums hosted by The City of Lake Forest. The Forums take place monthly at Gorton Community Center on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m.
The information below comes from the City of Lake Forest. Residents are invited to attend Community Forums hosted by The City of Lake Forest. The Forums take place monthly at Gorton Community Center on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. The Community Forums are designed to give residents an informal opportunity to: Discussion will be led by an Alderman on a topic identified in the recently-adopted Strategic Plan for 2013-2018. On Thursday, April 18, George Pandaleon, Second Ward Alderman, will lead a conversation about “Differentiated Housing Opportunities.” Over the past few decades, different types of housing have been constructed in Lake Forest, including large single family homes, smaller lot single family homes, condominiums in the…
Friday, March 29, 2013
In 2012, Lake Forest homes sold for 16.7 percent less than they did in 2011, Chicago Magazine reports.
Home sale prices in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff have dropped, according to a recent Chicago Magazine article. The article profiled what homes cost in several suburbs and Chicago neighborhoods. Though home sale prices are down in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff, prices are up in neighboring Deerfield, Highland Park and Northbrook. The magazine’s data shows the median sale price for a Lake Forest home in 2012 was $700,000, down 16.7 percent from 2011, and 28 percent since 2006. There were 240 home sales last year in Lake Forest, with homes staying on the market an average of 240 days, the magazine reports. The median sale price for a Lake Bluff home in 2012 was $406,000, down 5.3 percent from 2011, and 33.9 percent since 2006. There were 112 Lake …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Water pressure may drop a bit; avoid washing clothes until water is clear.
Tuesday, March 26
The Lake Forest Water/Sewer staff will flush the city’s fire hydrants to remove accumulated sediment build-up. This will improve water flow and quality throughout the water main system. Residents may experience lower than normal water pressure and a short period of water discoloration during flushing and shortly thereafter. Though the water may be discolored, it is safe to drink. However, until the water runs clear, it is advisable to avoid washing clothes, especially white fabrics. If any rust stains appear on your wet laundry, do not dry your clothes. Call the Water/Sewer Section at (847) 810-4650 or (847) 810-3571, and arrangements will be made to resolve the situation. Once the hydrants in the neighborhood have been flushed, residents …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The Illinois Transportation Highway Authority has awarded the City of Lake Forest grant funds to complete renovations at the east side train station.
Tuesday, February 5
The City of Lake Forest is pleased to announce that it has received $1,236,520 in funding from the Illinois Transportation Highway Authority (ITEP) to complete the remainder of Phase I and Phase II of the East Side Train Station Renovation, a $3 million project. The 1899 train station in historic Market Square is requiring rehabilitation to better serve nearly 1,000 daily Metra commuters as well as ensure the station’s historic integrity. In the late 1970s, the station was scheduled for demolition but was saved by private donations. The city has been working to secure grant funding for this project since 2005. In 2009, the city and the Lake Forest Preservation Foundation partnered to apply for an ITEP grant, which resulted in securing $835…