Hotels in Lake Forest, Illinois

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Lake Forest overview

Lake Forest is special for its gardens and sports, and known for its college atmosphere and shops. You're sure to appreciate the ample coffee and bar options. 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

Featuring accommodation choices that can meet everyone's needs, Lake Forest is the place to go. There are 279 hotels in the Lake Forest area and you can shop as many as 66 deals for rooms on, some with discounts of up to 40%.
  • • 72 2-star hotels with an average price of $47 per night
  • • 156 3-star hotels with an average price of $72 per night
  • • 48 4-star hotels with an average price of $98 per night

How to get to Lake Forest

Fly in to Chicago, IL (ORD-O'Hare Intl.), 19 mi (30.5 km) from downtown Lake Forest. Chicago, IL (MDW-Midway Intl.) is the next closest major airport, 32.3 mi (52 km) away. East Lake Forest Station is the closest train station.

What to see around Lake Forest

Outdoorsy fun is on hand like camping and sporting events, along with attractions such as:
  • • Ravinia Pavillion
  • • Waukegan BMX Track
  • • Arlington International Racecourse
  • • Ryan Field
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
Whether window-shopping or searching for a perfect souvenir, here are some favorite shopping areas:
  • • Gurnee Mills
  • • Deer Park Town Center
  • • Randhurst Village
  • • Golf Mill Shopping Center
  • • Village Square Shopping Center
Enjoy the university setting or the collegiate vibe around the area of:
  • • Lake Forest College
  • • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • • Trinity International University
  • • College of Lake County
  • • University Center of Lake County
Some highlights of the area include:
  • • Naval Base Great Lakes
  • • Cuneo Mansion and Gardens
  • • Ravinia Park
  • • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • • Sportsman's 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: 6.0 inches
  • • April-June: 10.5 inches
  • • July-September: 11.8 inches
  • • October-December: 8.5 inches