How to Register

ONLINE registration is encouraged!

Log in to our online registration system and register.

Stop by the Recreation Center at 400 Hastings Road, Lake Forest, IL with your forms, or mail them in.

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  • Registration is first come, first served.
  • Register online at, bring, or mail in your registration form to us at 400 Hastings Road, Lake Forest.
  • Telephone registrations are not accepted.
  • Walk-in and online registration have first priority.
  • Forms that are received by mail will be processed as soon as time permits.
  • Children and adults MUST LIVE within the corporate limits of the City of Lake Forest to be considered a RESIDENT of Lake Forest.

Non-residents may register in person OR online at for any programs not already filled.

Non-resident fees include a 20% increase over the resident rate.

Lake Bluff Residents

  • Lake Bluff residents receive resident rates for all programs, fees, and memberships in the following areas: Athletics, Fitness Center, Wildlife Discovery Center, Stirling Hall Arts Center, Kinderhaven Preschool Academy ,Lake Forest Dance Academy, Lake Forest Sailing, and Deerpath Golf Course.
  • Forest Park Beach operations and fees are not included in this agreement.
  • Lake Bluff registration takes place during the same time as non-resident registration.


  • Program fees must be included with registration form.
  • Checks should be made payable to LAKE FOREST PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT.
  • Fees may also be charged to your DISCOVER, VISA, MASTERCARD, or AMERICAN EXPRESS card.
  • If programs chosen have openings, your registration will be processed you will receive a confirmation receipt.
  • If you register online, you will receive the confirmation email right away.
  • If programs chosen have already reached maximum enrollment, your name will be placed on a wait list and you will be contacted as soon as a spot is available.