Annual Fund

The Lake Forest Preservation Foundation relies on the generosity of preservation-minded citizens who share our commitment to preserving the historic visual character of Lake Forest.  We live in a unique and amazing community that is unlike any other in the midwest because of its history and natural beauty.

With your help we can continue our mission of:

  • Encouraging and aiding in the restoration and preservation of historic sites, structures, landscapes, and amenities in Lake Forest
  • Presenting educational programs and publishing our newsletters to increase knowledge and awareness of Lake Forest’s historic resources
  • Observing city meetings in order to assist with preservation issues
  • Conducting research, surveys, and studies related to historic preservation
  • Recognizing projects in the community that contribute to the visual character of Lake Forest through our annual presentation of awards in preservation, rehabilitation, and construction

This year we are excited to announce the first of a two-part project to raise awareness of our unique visual character.  The first part will be developing an Historic Building Marker Program for architecturally significant buildings in the Central Business District.  Selected buildings will be marked with a small bronze plaque listing the year of construction, the original architect, and the names of the original owner, where possible. This idea developed out of a 2017 LFPF and City of Lake Forest program, titled “The Power of Uniqueness,” presented by renowned urban planner and Urban Land Institute Senior Fellow Ed McMahon.  Mr. McMahon noted the incredible architecture and historic development of Lake Forest but the lack of interpretive displays to tell the story.  He suggested finding ways to make the story of our community manifest in the landscape, using markers, plaques, and public art to foster greater appreciation and stewardship. 

The second part, closely linked to the first, will be the long-awaited update of the Guidebook to Lake Forest, first published in 1994. This guidebook highlights important National Register historic properties and districts. 

Our Annual Fund donations are totally dedicated to preservation projects in and around our community.  We encourage you to make a gift to this year’s Annual Fund so that we may continue our work of preserving the treasured vistas, streetscapes, neighborhoods, and beauty that drew us all to Lake Forest in the first place.  Your contribution WILL make a difference! Use the Donation button or call the LFPF office at 847-234-1230.

The Lake Forest Preservation Foundation is a tax-exempt nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Gifts are tax deductible. You may donate directly to us at  or we are listed as Lake Forest Foundation for ​Historic Preservation in GuideStar and many corporate donation databases including Chicago United Way.