3 Lake Forest Attractions with Links to Chicago History

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The city of Lake Forest has served as a charming suburb for Chicagoans for the past 18 decades, displaying an array of the historically relevant landmarks. Enjoyable by visitors and residents alike, take note of three sites in the city worthy of being well informed about:

U.S. Bicycle Route 37

The US Bicycle Route 37 also known as North Branch Bicycle Trail is a Class I trail that was first established after the finale of World War II. The path links the unpaved horse trails used by the soldiers in World War II to a former service route used for the Nike missile base in the Cold War. Despite its turbulent history, today the bicycle route serves as an iconic city escape from nearby Chicago.

Schweppe Mansion

Among the notorious legends of Lake Forest are the infamous ghost tales that seep through the cracks of this historic lakefront mansion. Designed by a notable name (Frederick Wainwright Perkins), plus owned and frequented by many others, the Schweppe Mansion is known for landing front page stories in newspapers across the country. After as many as 50 years on the market, the 28-room estate is still for sale at just under 9 million dollars.

Elawa Farm Foundation

Built in 1917, the Elawa Farm Foundation was first established for one of Chicago’s most iconic family names, the Armours, by notable Chicago architects David Adler and Alfred Hopkins. The historic property is currently operating as a restored gentleman’s farm offering educational opportunities related to healthy living, historic preservation, and gardening.

To learn more about living in the heritage-rich city of Lake Forest, contact us today at Kelmscott Park Apartments.

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