At its beginnings, Market Square broke new ground. In 1916, as the nation’s first artfully designed shopping center, it linked pedestrian, automobile, and train, and heralded a new era in urban planning. It completely revolutionized Lake Forest’s business district from an afterthought to a focal point of the community. And the forward-thinking members of the Lake Forest Improvement Trust, who developed Market Square, formed one of the nation’s very first real estate investment trusts.
Discover west Lake Forest, beyond the Skokie Highway. While the east, punctuated by ravine and bluff, remained blanketed by forests, out west homesteaders blazed trails, plowed fields and created a vibrant farming community by the 1830s.
Take a walk on the greens of the past with this exhibit, which canvasses the history of local golf and golfers from the 1890s to the present. Chicago played a vital role in the history of American golf, and it was Lake Forest where it all began.