Upcoming Events

Sunday, November 17, 2019


Understanding and appreciateing the richness of the local cultural heritage at the Lake Forest Library.  The building and art constitute one of the most significant small-city libraries in the US and one of the Chicago area’s most important museums of art and interior design...

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

2:00-4:00 PM

The Board of Directors is pleased to invite the LFPF membership to its annual holiday party. We will be ending our year of architectural highlights at a very special historical home home. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served along with lots of holiday cheer. 


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Past Events

Sunday, September 22, 2019


The Lake Forest Preservation Foundation’s September 22rd House & Garden Tour Annual Benefit will focus on Lake Forest’s Early Estate Era New Growth, North and Lakefront.


Friday, August 23, 2019

5:30-7:30 pm

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!  WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US AT A FUTURE EVENT.  The Lake Forest Preservation Foundation invites you to enjoy light hors d’ oeuvres, libations and spectacular views of Lake Michigan with members and friends on a late summer afternoon. This early Lake Forest estate designed by Arthur Hewn in 1899 for the McGenniss family has evolved over the years and remains an exquisite estate overlooking the shores of Lake Michigan. Enjoy the beautiful gardens and landscaping while savoring the last days of summer.


Saturday, July 27, 2019

10:00 AM or 1:00 PM

The Lake Forest Preservation Foundation is pleased to present a docent-guided tour of Crab Tree Farm. The tours will feature the restored 1911 dairy farm buildings that now house an extensive Arts and Crafts collection of furniture and artwork including a limited time exhibit of Newcomb Pottery featuring the Fuldner Collection of Early Newcomb Pottery. Additionally, visitors will be able to view the garden area.


Friday, June 28, 2019

5:30-7:30 PM

The Preservation Foundation invites you to a late afternoon garden stroll in a beautiful garden on the property that was once the historic Rumsey Estate's Gardener's Cottage. Enjoy this tucked away, ravine edge, magical property with fellow admirers and friends of preservation.

This is an outdoor event, rain or shine.  The terrain is somewhat uneven, with stepping stones and narrow paths. Flat soled shoes are highly recommended.


Saturday, May 11, 2019

8:30 AM to 1:00 PM - 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Howard Van Doren Shaw

Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL  60616         

Shaw renovated the notable 1871 James Renwick-designed Second Presbyterian Church in 1899 after a fire. Glessner House, 1801 S. Prairie Avenue, leads studies on the history of the Prairie Avenue District, including the 1860’s house of Sarah Van Doren and Theodore Shaw (demolished. 1937), where Shaw was born in 1869.  That was the year of the completion of the trans-continental railroad and two years before the Chicago Fire.