Experience the community's very first Arts Stroll showcase September 1-10 and stop by the History Center to view "Local Scenes" by local artists.

WHAT IS IT? A spontaneous celebration of the arts in store windows and cultural sites throughout downtown Lake Forest!


Store Window Showcase September 1-10 –– Take a stroll through downtown Lake Forest as it comes alive with art displays featuring the works of more than 40 artists in windows throughout the Market Square, on Western Avenue, at the History Center and Lake Forest Library.
Artist “Meet & Greet” September 4 | 3-7 pm –– Swing back to the store(s) and cultural sites for an opportunity to chat with the artists and purchase their art and creations. Stroll over to the History Center to view "Local Scenes" by artists Sandie Bacon, Bev Behrens, Paulette Colo and Edie Ottoman 
Gorton Lot Live! September 4 | 3-7pm – Enjoy live entertainment in the Gorton parking lot with performances by Citadel Theatre, Rendezvous Arts, CROYA and more.


Mini landscape paintings by local artist Sandra Bacon

Sandie Bacon is one of four local artists who will exhibit their artwork at the History Center during open hours between September 1 and 10. Meet Sandie and view her series of 5x7 mini paintings depicting local scenes on Friday, September 4 between 3-7pm. 


Enter your photo for a chance to have your work permanently featured in our museum collection.

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 docent-led walking tours.

Come learn about the historic Triangle Park neighborhood. Visitor Services and Program Coordinator Alexandra Schneider will guide you through its important history, highlighting the architecture, people and events that surround this essential intersection involved in the founding of both the City and Lake Forest College. This tour will last approximately 1.5 hours, cover approximately one mile, and will take place light rain or shine. Parking is available across the street from Triangle Park in the History Center parking lot off Washington Road. The tour begins at 10:30 am. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Group size is limited, so sign up early!

Lasker Estate Tour of Estate Lane


8/29 @ 10:30 am 

From 1926-1928, Albert Lasker, the father of modern advertising, had renowned architect David Adler design and oversee the construction of a gentleman’s farm covering 480 acres with 27 buildings.  A completely self-contained utopia, the estate even boasted an 18-hole, nationally recognized golf course enjoyed by presidents and movie stars. 

Along with an overview of the history of Lasker’s Mill Road Farm, the tour will cover the story of Albert Lasker and the 13 David Adler-designed farm buildings all now private residences. 


Personal Protection: For your health and safety, History Center docent-led walking tours are limited to a maximum of twelve 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  The poultry house at the Louis F. Swift estate suffered a fire, discovered by local residents on their way to church. The heating device in one of the modern incubators was discovered to be the cause. Swift at the time was one of the largest landowners in the Lake Forest vicinity, with over 1,000 (non-contiguous) acres. His estate, Westleigh, was located at Westleigh and Green Bay roads.


#100YearsAgoToday Young Harold McCraken chose the best possible occasion to take a solid afternoon nap - that of his second birthday party. Though he slept through all the festivities, his parents, Fred and Nellie McCraken, “consider him a wise little man for they know sleep is far better for him than parties and cake.” Wise parents, as well!

The McCrakens lived at 845 Oakwood in Lake Forest; Fred worked as a railway express agent. Harold also had two older brothers, Fred Jr. (6) and Frank (5), who no doubt enjoyed their brother’s share of the cake.



#GolfersLife The clubhouse at Deerpath was designed by the local architecture firm Anderson & Ticknor, and was completed in 1932. In offering golfing opportunities to a wider audience, Deerpath proved to be a great draw, with initial membership fees set at $18. Early on, Lake Forest businesses even closed at noon every Wednesday so all the employees could get in a round of golf.


#GolfersLife Deerpath Golf Course, c. late 1970s.

Local Legends Signature Fundraiser

We're thrilled to be honoring Gene Hotchkiss!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 24 at 7pm. You will not want to miss this wonderful interview with Larry Potash and the extraordinary Dr. Eugene Hotchkiss III.

Join the fun, in true Hotchkiss style! Did you know that Patron Sponsors can submit a 30 second video message to Gene to be featured during the event and also receive drinks and dinner from Inovasi the night of the event?

Read all about the event and how you can help honor Gene in this special LOCAL LEGENDS edition of our e-newsletter.

Special thanks to the individuals who have already stepped up as 2020 Local Legends Patron Sponsors:

Maddie Dugan, John and Mary Ormsby, Pamela and David Waud




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