Access Chicago

One of the first things you do when you get to campus is take a trip to Chicago.One of the first things you do when you get to campus is take a trip to Chicago.

Experience the “best of both worlds” at Lake Forest College. Live and attend classes on our picturesque campus, then “escape” for a fun-filled day or night in Chicago.

Located 30 miles north of Chicago, Lake Forest College is roughly an hour’s commute from the city. The Metra rail line, located in downtown Lake Forest, is a 15-minute walk from campus, where trains run approximately 25 times per day, easily transporting students to (and from) the city.

The Center for Chicago Programs, located on the College’s Middle Campus, is the campus hub for all Chicago-related programming. Providing help with itineraries and transportation, bringing Chicago-area speakers and performers to campus, sponsoring various course-related field trips to the city, and so much more, the Center is your “one-stop-shop” for all things Chicago. The Center also facilitates the Lake Forest College In The Loop program, an off-campus study experience where students live, take courses, and complete an internship, all at the College’s Chicago campus.

Latest News about Chicago

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    Nearly 400 new students explored the city of Chicago and all it has to offer during orientation.
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    Expert social psychologist Sherry Turkle will deliver the annual Oppenheimer Lecture to start off Homecoming Weekend at Lake Forest College in October 2015.

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    New incoming students walked to the train station in downtown Lake Forest Tuesday morning to embark on the annual Chicago Day trip, August 25.