About Lake Forest


Lake Forest

The Offices of VentureDNA are located in historic Lake Forest, IL, just 30 miles North from downtown Chicago.

The City of Lake Forest was first developed in 1857, the planners laid roads that would provide limited access to the city in an effort to prevent outside traffic and isolate the tranquil settlement from neighboring areas. It is one of the most scenic, historical, and architecturally significant suburbs of Chicago. These neighborhoods include estates and homes designed by distinguished architects such as Howard Van Doren Shaw, David Adler, Frank Lloyd Wright, Arthur Heun, Jerome Cerny, Henry Ives Cobb, and modernist George Fred Keck, among others. Landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Jens Jensen also designed projects in Lake Forest. Market Square, designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw, was completed in 1916.

The headquarters of Fortune 500 companies including Tenneco, Brunswick, and Hospira are located in Lake Forest; as well as Horizon Therapeutics, IDEX, and Packaging Corporation of America. The Chicago Bears training facility and headquarters, Halas Hall, opened in 1997 in west Lake Forest, and the team has called Lake Forest home since the 1970’s

Lake Forest has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of its commitment to community forest. As of 2006, Lake Forest had received this national honor for 26 years.

The Video below offers an excellent overview on the historic beauty of Lake Forest.