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West Side Stories

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.

Our west side has no shortage of tales to tell: tales of work and play, school and home; tales of pioneers and farmers, students and shopkeepers; tales of estates and subdivisions, corporations and annexations. These neighborhoods, schools and businesses formed an essential part of the Lake Forest whole even before they were officially within the city limits.


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