55th Reunion Schedule

We are excited to celebrate the reunions for the classes of 1968 and 1969 at Lake Forest College!

In addition to the events held at Homecoming every year, the Classes of 1968 and 1969 have organized their own reunion events, both on and near campus. If you are part of the Classes of 1968 or 1969 and would like to learn more, please email Dave Wilber at wilber@lakeforest.edu. 

Register for your 55th Reunion events and Homecoming events using the two buttons below! 

55th reunion 2023

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 


Welcome Cocktail Party for early arrivals | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Hilton Garden Inn Lobby, Mettawa | Cash Bar

Thursday, October 5, 2023


Trip to Chicago:

Train from Lake Forest Station to 500 W Madison, Chicago, - Ogilvie Transportation Center - Metra Service on the Union Pacific North line which goes between Chicago and Kenosha

Departs 8:44 a.m.
Arrives 9:38 a.m.
Tickets can be purchased on board or via Ventra app on your smart phone.
Ticket Price - $5- $8 cash to Conductor or Mobile ticket on Ventra for one day unlimited zone for $10
Fare Zone F

Walk from Ogilvy Transportation Center in Chicago to Millennium Park 9:38 AM. Or take a taxi….it is one mile.

Link to Walking Directions to Millennium Park

Millennium Park Walking Tour | 10:00 a.m. – 11:oo a.m. | Millennium Park (Free Admission)

Led by JoAnn Dietz Beck ’68. JoAnn is a retired Landscape Architect with an MLA from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, where she also taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor. In private practice, and as the City Landscape Architect for Rochester, New York, she specialized in the design of public park and trail projects. She serves as Chair of the Rochester Olmstead Parks Alliance, and as President of the Board of Directors of The Highland Park Conservancy.

Meet at the Michigan Avenue & Monroe Entrance
One of the top 10 Destinations in the country. We will visit four of the major highlights of the park.
  • The Crown Fountain – an interactive sculpture and water feature
  • Cloudgate – sculpture which provides a whole new perspective on the Chicago skyline
  • The Jay Pritzker Pavilion, an outdoor bandshell and its associated Great Lawn
  • The Lurie Garden – a perennial garden reflecting midwestern ecotones.
The tour will cover about half a mile with some steps and some places to sit down. Restrooms will be available at the Pritzker Pavilion. We will end up at Michigan Avenue midblock between Randolph and Monroe.

Link to Millennium Park

Lunch | 11: a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | On Your Own 

Walk 5 blocks to Architectural River Cruise, 112 Wacker Drive, (NE Corner of Michigan & Wacker)

Architectural River Cruise | 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. | 112 Wacker Drive, Chicago

*Boat departs at 1:00 but if you want to sit with other alums you need to be on the dock at 12:30*  
Tickets must be prepaid in advance through ‘68/’69 Reunion Registration page
Ticket price $46/person
We need to reserve for the group at least a month in advance.

Link to Architectural River Cruise info

Walk from Architectural River Cruise to Ogilvy Transportation Center or take a taxi. One mile. 2:30 p.m.

Train returning to Lake Forest Station
Departs 3:32 p.m.
Arrives 4:20 p.m.
Departs 4:02 p.m.

Arrives 4:50 p.m.

Small Group Dinners

Put together you own group of friends and book a reservation at one of the Restaurants on the Restaurant Link or attend one of the options below.

Miramar (French Restaurant) 301 Waukegan Avenue, Highwood. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. We have reserved two tables for 10 and attendees can sign up to join the group by contacting Nancy Wilber at njwilber@aol.com. Order off the menu. See Link below to Miramar Menu or

Nite-n-gale Restaurant, 346 Sheridan Road, Highwood. 6:30 – 8:30 PM. We have reserved a table for 10 and attendees can sign up to join the group by contacting Nancy Wilber at njwilber@aol.com. Order off the menu. See Link below to Nite-n-Gale Menu

Friday, October 6, 2023


Drop in Breakfast |7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m | Hilton Garden Inn, Mettawa

Trip to Chicago Botanic Gardens |11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, 847.835.6801 

Transportation - Self Drive Cars (4 or 5 cars with 5 people per car) Parking $8/car
Admission to Botanic Garden is $14.95 for Cook Country Residents, $16.95 for Non-residents
Tram tour – free with admission. 35 – 40 minutes. On the hour
Independent Walking time – 1 hour
Lunch – there is a small café on site where you can sit outside on the deck and order off the menu
Frank & Betsey’s Restaurant, 51 Green Bay Road, Glencoe, 847.446.0404
Lunch period 1 hour
Pre-registration is required so that we can plan for transportation. You can buy your tickets at the door or use the link below to get tickets for 10/6/23

Back on Campus by 2 p.m. or so.

Link to Frank and Betsie’s Restaurant info

HOMECOMING ACTIVITIES | Homecoming Registration Required | 

Registration will be open from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Brown Hall.  You can pick up your College Name Tag,  Homecoming & Reunion Schedules, and Gift Bag 

President’s Reception | 3:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m. | Brown Hall, Tarble Room 

Krebs Center for Humanities Inaugural Lecture | 5:30 p.m. | Location TBD 

Women’s Volleyball vs. Marian University | Sports and Rec Center | 7:00 p.m. 

Welcome Home: A Musical Celebration by the Band and Orchestra | 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. | Calvin Durand Hall

Bonfire | Middle Campus Quad | 9:00 p.m.


Friday Night Cocktails and Dinner  | 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Maggiano’s, 307 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills

Cocktails & Dinner served family style at tables for 10. Reunion registration and payment is required in advance. Price $100/person for a 5-course dinner, drinks and tip. Send check to Dave Wilber , 336 Stage Island Road, Chatham, MA 02633

Link to Maggiano’s, Vernon Hills

Saturday, October 7, 2023


Drop in Breakfast | 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Hilton Garden Inn

HOMECOMING ACTIVITIES | Homecoming Registration Required

Registration will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Athletic Center

Campus Tours | 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Athletic Recognition Ceremony | 11:00 a.m. | Sports and Rec Center

State of the College: Presidential Panel | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel


Women’s Tennis Match vs. Monmouth College | 9:00 a.m.
Women’s Tennis Match vs. Illinois College | 3:00 p.m.
Men’s Soccer vs. Lawrence University | 1:00 p.m.
Women’s Soccer vs. Lawrence University | 3:30 p.m.

Football vs. Lawrence University. Farwell Field 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Milestone Reunion Lunch at Forester Fan Fest | noon– 2:00 p.m. | South Campus 
There will be a Photographer to take class pictures at 12:30 p.m.  Please meet at the Balloon Arch at Fan Fest near the Milestone Reunion Banner.


Golden Foresters Reunion Dinner at the Gorton Center (Classes of ‘68, ’69, & '73)| 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Gorton Center |Cocktails and Buffet Dinner catered by Parkhurst 

Reunion Registration and payment is required in advance. Price $75, Competitive Games and Prizes. ‘68/’69 Playlist Music for dancing and enjoyment.
Deadline 9/27/2023. Link to Payment.

Sunday, October 8, 2023


Drop in Breakfast | 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Hilton Garden Inn