Hotels in Lake Forest, Illinois

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Lake Forest overview

Lake Forest is a friendly locale distinct for its gardens and natural features, and known for its college atmosphere and shops. You'll enjoy Lake Forest's beaches, scenic landscape, and sports. Take a campus tour or explore the surrounding area of Northwestern University. Make some time to enjoy the local sights such as Six Flags Great America. Lake Forest is a family- and business-friendly destination with something for everyone.

Where to stay in Lake Forest

Whether you're planning to stay for a night or for the week, the area around Lake Forest has accommodations to fit every need. Search for hotels in Lake Forest with Hotels.com by checking our online map. Our maps display the areas and neighborhoods around all Lake Forest hotels so you can see how close you are from landmarks and attractions, and then refine your search within the larger area. The best Lake Forest hotel deals are here with our lowest price guarantee.

How to get to Lake Forest

Fly in to Chicago, IL (ORD-O'Hare Intl.), 18.1 mi (29.2 km) from downtown Lake Forest. Chicago, IL (MDW-Midway Intl.) is the next closest major airport, 31.7 mi (51.1 km) away.

Train stations include:
  • • West Lake Forest Station
  • • East Lake Forest Station

What to see around Lake Forest

Highlights like its gardens are popular with families and top attractions include:
  • • Lambs Farm
  • • Northbrook Sports Complex
  • • Lake County Fairgrounds
  • • Six Flags Great America
  • • Wagner Farm
Its beaches, forests, and lakes are well known, and favorite spots for nature lovers include:
  • • Moraine Park
  • • Rosewood Beach
  • • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • • Ravinia Park
  • • Heritage Park
Whether window-shopping or searching for a perfect souvenir, here are some favorite shopping areas:
  • • Deer Park Town Center
  • • Randhurst Village
  • • Gurnee Mills
  • • Village Square Shopping Center
  • • Golf Mill Shopping Center
Enjoy the university setting or the collegiate vibe around the area of:
  • • Lake Forest College
  • • Trinity International University
  • • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • • College of Lake County
  • • University Center of Lake County
Some highlights of the area include:
  • • Citadel Theatre Company
  • • Artists on the Bluff Station Gallery
  • • Marriott Theatre
  • • Cuneo Mansion and Gardens
  • • Highland Park Country Club

When to visit Lake Forest

If you're starting to plan your trip, you might be wondering when's the best time to visit. Here are the seasonal norms to help you decide when to go:

Seasonal temperature averages
  • January-March: 53°F day, 16°F night
  • April-June: 84°F day, 34°F night
  • July-September: 85°F day, 48°F night
  • October-December: 68°F day, 17°F night
Seasonal rainfall averages
  • January-March: 6.10 inches
  • April-June: 10.51 inches
  • July-September: 11.81 inches
  • October-December: 8.54 inches