We are seeking submissions for our inaugural photo contest for all ages!

Whether you have been taking photos for years, or just discovered portrait mode on your mobile phone, we want to see how you express your sense of self, sense of place, and/or sense of community.

Contestants can enter one photo in each of three categories (i.e. three submissions max):

●    A photo that depicts a sense of self

●    A photo that depicts a sense of place

●    A photo that depicts a sense of community

The entry fee is $25 per photo. All funds raised go toward History Center exhibits, programs, and educational initiatives.

All participants will have their work displayed online in a virtual gallery and first place winners will have their work on temporary display at the museum and on permanent display in our digital collection.

Thank you to our talented panel of judges for offering their time and expertise in establishing our contest guidelines. Please find all the details here. 

Walking Tours


Step back in time with our new, docent-led walking tours!

Come learn about the historic Triangle Park neighborhood; advertising magnate Albert Lasker's extraordinary estate*; and Lake Forest's famous Market Square. Our trained docents will point out interesting facts and features, tell stories you might not otherwise have heard, and be available to answer questions along the way.

All tours begin at 10:30 am. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Group size is limited, so sign up early!

*Since this Thursday's Lasker Estate tour sold out quickly--another tour is being offered on Monday, August 17 at 10:30 am. Only six spots are available. Reserve your place below.

Lasker Estate Tour of Estate Lane


8/17 @ 10:30 am 

Historic Market Square Tour

8/20 @ 10:30 am

 Triangle Park Neighborhood Tour  

8/27 @ 10:30 am


Personal Protection: For your health and safety, History Center docent-led walking tours are limited to a maximum of eight attendees plus docent(s).  It is a requirement that attendees and docents wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times.  We ask that attendees practice safe social distancing of at least 6 feet while on the tour and bring their own hand sanitizer, if desired.  For added safety, none of our tours will be entering enclosed spaces.


#100YearsAgoToday Although August was just getting into full swing, the Anderson Brothers dry goods and grocery store was anticipating autumn with this advertisement for sweater and sock yarn and their summer underwear clearance sale.

Also of interest is the ad for “Men’s Neglige Shirts.” The term négligée was apparently not mainly associated with bedroom attire until the 1930s. This shirt was not a night shirt but rather a more casual or semidress shirt for wearing during the day. It had a high neckline and an option for a detachable collar. The front-plait opening ended about halfway down and it was intended to be slipped over the head.

Anderson Brothers was located at Deerpath and Western where Walgreen’s is today.


#100YearsAgoToday The Young Men’s Club, whose clubhouse was located at the west end of Market Square, announced it would be holding an organizational meeting for the local soccer team. With the large number of European immigrants in the community, there had been a Lake Forest team since at least the mid-1910s, who played various squads from Chicago.

In the early 1920s, soccer was gaining more widespread popularity, with clubs backed by neighborhoods, immigrant associations, and industries, as well as professional leagues: https://www.history.com/news/the-forgotten-golden-age-of-american-soccer



#GolfersLife In 1899, the Onwentsia Club hosted the 5th U.S. Amateur Championship. Herbert M. Harriman of New York defeated the Scottish-born Findlay S. Douglas, the previous year's champion, in match play. (Douglas would go on to serve as president of the USGA from 1929-30.) Image source: Western Golfer.

#GolfersLife Driving from the first tee at Onwentsia, 1900. (Image source: Western Golfer.)


Chanticleer Circle

It's August and the perfect time to think about barbecues and beach days. It's also National Make-a-Will Month (yes, it's a thing!)

If you've been thinking about making or updating your will, please take a look at the History Center's planned giving program. There's nothing morbid about planning for the future--it's actually a very positive thing to do. A legacy gift is a biographical statement about something you value. Giving at a time when all your personal needs have been satisfied is a way to leave a lasting connection with an institution you are passionate about, to enable endless opportunities for engaging with history, and to inspire patrons for generations to come.

To learn more about the Chanticleer Circle and the History Center's planned giving program please contact lfrey@lflbhistory.org.

Happy August!


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