Forest Bluff School is located in the heart of the village of Lake Bluff and just two miles from downtown Lake Forest. These two communities have much to offer young families, including beautiful beaches, park districts and community centers with a wide range of programs, a farmers’ market, nature preserves with hiking trails, a Wildlife Discovery Center, weekly outdoor concerts in the summer, a symphony, a new state-of-the-art hospital, and more. Both communities have direct train service to downtown Chicago, where families can explore all this world-class city has to offer.
The school’s central location makes possible the children’s independent discovery of community and business life through their “going-out” activities to the public library, Lake Forest College, village service buildings, shops, parks and ravines.
The Village of Lake Bluff
Learn more about this charming lakefront town that prides itself on having a laid-back, down-to-earth atmosphere in the midst of beautiful architecture and forested ravines. Residents here are deeply connected to their community and have many fun opportunities to connect with each other throughout the year.
Buzz on the Bluff
Find information about fun family activities all year round, including the annual 4thof July parade, Bluffinia summer concerts, downtown block parties, and much more.
Lake Bluff Park District
The Lake Bluff park district offers programs and facilities for everyone in the family: a golf course, tennis and paddle courts, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, pre-school, summer camps, and more.
Lake Bluff Open Lands Association
Lake Bluff Open Lands Association is a local non-profit that manages over 200 acres in 13 separate nature preserves around town, with hiking trails and volunteer opportunities for the whole family.
The Lake Bluff Farmer’s Market
The Lake Bluff Farmers' Market begins in June and continues through October every Friday from 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on the Lake Bluff Village Green. With live music and cooking demonstrations alongside fresh produce, proteins, pastries, flowers, cheese and more, the Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market is one of the Village’s best places to stock your fridge and pantry.
The City of Lake Forest
See all that Lake Forest has to offer for the whole family: a beautifully maintained beach with year-round lakefront activities, a community golf course, summer camps, the Wildlife Discovery Center, Stirling Hall Fine Art Center, 200 acres of developed parks along with 11 miles of bike trails and over 20 miles of nature and walking trails, and more.
Gorton Community Center
Gorton Community Center is a privately-funded community center that serves as a unique partnership between community volunteers and the City of Lake Forest. Adults and children find quality programs here, from classes, dance, film, performing arts, and day care. The newly renovated John & Nancy Hughes Theater is a state-of-the-art performing arts venue that has become the signature of Gorton Community Center.
Lake Forest Open Lands
Lake Forest Open Lands Association (LFOLA) is a conservation and educational organization that preserves, restores, and maintains 800 acres of native landscapes for the benefit of the local community. Six nature preserves encompass woodlands, wetlands, and several prairies, ravines, and savannas. These preserves include over 12 miles of walking trails, which are open to the public year-round. LFOLA offers volunteer opportunities and educational programs throughout the year.
Elawa Farm, a restored gentleman’s farm and garden, is a unique center for hands-on learning and inspires an appreciation for gardening, healthy living and historic preservation.