Stay Active In The Lake Forest Community: Explore the Virtual Rec Center

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“Historic Lake Forest delights visitors with a diverse array of shopping, world-class golf, cultural experiences, and outdoor pursuits,” writes Deer Path Inn. Most importantly, Lake Forest is a suburb with character and heart. It is a community of people dedicated to supporting one another. 

Earlier this year, Lake Forest Parks and Recreation launched its virtual rec center to keep people engaged. Explore the virtual rec center while enjoying all the comforts of Lake Forest apartments.


The web-based rec center has three main areas of focus: staying active, learning, and connecting with others. The first, Staying Active, provides a list of resources for Lake Forest residents who want to keep moving and form healthy habits. This page encourages locals to take part in virtual dance classes, visit nearby parks while observing safe social distancing, and follow expert advice to “keep you on top of your [golf] game” while golf courses are temporarily closed. 

Connect with others by taking part in Dancing Alone Together virtual classes, or enroll in Lucky Plush Productions’ virtual dance lab to support University of Chicago students.


Lake Forest Parks and Recreation knows it is important also to exercise your brain. That is why their virtual rec center devotes several pages to engaging your mind. Keep Learning with free online art classes from the Lake Forest Library and Creativebug. Simply plug in your library card number and learn to draw, paint, make your own greeting cards, and crochet scarves. 

For those with a keen interest in the sciences, the virtual rec center points them to the Oceans Initiative’s virtual marine biology camp and The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum virtual visits and classes. 


To Feel Connected, the virtual rec center invites residents to support local businesses, volunteer safely, or travel without leaving home. “Invest in our community and the health of our local businesses through the LF/LB Chamber’s #WithYouLFLB Gift Card Program,” Lake Forest Parks and Recreation writes. Purchase gift cards to support small businesses now and when they re-open. 

Find safe volunteer opportunities at Serve Illinois, or use the rec center hub to find virtual museum tours, zoo tours, and tours of international points of interest, like lakes filled with jellyfish.

After you explore the virtual rec center, try some fresh and flavorful sushi from Kuro Bistro.

Lake Forest is dedicated to doing its best for its residents. Join a community that is full of character and heart. Rent one of our Kelmscott Apartments today. Contact us to learn more.

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