Lake Forest, incorporated in 1861, is a quiet residential community located 30 miles north of Chicago along Lake Michigan. With an area of approximately 17 square miles and a population of just over 20,000, Lake Forest is a small community within reach of downtown Chicago. Lake Forest is mostly residential with a mix of magnificent estates and homes of every conceivable size. The charming downtown, with historic Market Square, provides restaurants, shopping and a vibrant assortment of unique happenings. There are areas for shopping and dining. Students in the area can attend schools in District 67, which includes three elementary schools, Deer Path Middle School and top ranked Lake Forest High School. The area is also served by Lake Forest College and Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Overseeing the lakefront beach that includes boating, swimming, and sailing facilities at Beach Park, the Lake Forest Park District also includes a fitness center, golf course, wildlife preserve and discovery center, as well as a dozen parks in the area with 350 acres.