Explore our rotating exhibits to discover new angles to the community’s history. View collections of historic maps and photographs to place yourself in the Lake Forest or Lake Bluff of the past. Browse our Resource Center to learn more about the history of your house or your family.
Walk-in hours: Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
Open by appointment: Tuesday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – please call 847.234.5253 or email us to make an appointment.
Admission to the museum is free. The first floor of the museum is accessible to visitors in wheelchairs.
How to Find Us
Our museum building is located at 361 E. Westminster in downtown Lake Forest. We are two blocks east of Market Square and one block east of the Lake Forest Union Pacific North Metra station. Parking is on the south side of the museum.
See the map at right or call 847.234.5253 for driving directions; see the Metra website for the train schedule.
Groups are always welcome to visit the Historical Society during our walk-in hours. For visits outside these hours, please call 847.234.5253. Because space is limited, large groups should make arrangements ahead of time as well. Please also call to arrange in advance if you would like a brief curator-led tour of the exhibits.
The Historical Society is happy to work with Scout groups or school groups to create a fun, engaging history learning experience at our museum. Contact Curator Laurie Stein to plan a visit. With enough advance notice, Scout visits can take place during late afternoon hours.
Visiting Lake Forest and Lake Bluff
For more information about local restaurants, shopping districts, events and area attractions, visit these websites:
- City of Lake Forest Visitors Page
- Village of Lake Bluff Visitors Page
- Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce
- Enjoy Lake Forest
- GazeboNews Calendar of Events
- Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Patch Places