"Historic and Charming Market Square" Lake Forest Favorite Tip by deecat

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Favorite thing: Historic Market Square is such a charming place and has been since 1916. It was the first integrated shopping center in the United states.

It was a very expensive undertaking for the times. They built 25 stores, 12 offices, and 28 apartments, and it cost a whopping $750,000, which was a fortune at the time.

In 1979, Market Square was listed on the National Register of Historic Places". I remember the first time I saw it in about 1963 as I was getting off the commuter train. I was so impressed with the architecture.

In 1985, Market Square was purchased by Broadacre Management, and it was extensively restored to the original colr and design. One of the prettiest areas of Market Square is the central park space The city of Lake Forest owns that area, and the Lake Forest Garden Club and Market Square 2000 partnered to pay for that renovation.

Especially magnificent is the Market Square Fountain. It was built in 1911, and it is topped with the gorgeous statue called "Girl With Baby On Shoulder" by Sylvia Shaw Judson [daughter of Howard Van Doren Shaw.

The plaque on the fountain states:

Fountain 1911-1980
Howard Van Doren Shaw
"His vision foresaw the need, his genius created the design
His zeal consumated the plan for this
Center in Lake Forest

Fondest memory: Many activities take place in Market Square each year.

The Deerpath Art League Show is held every Labor Day Weekend.
There is Trick or Treat from 3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. each Halloween.
The tree lighting ceremony takes place in November as well as a Holiday Walk.
Shops open late during the Christmas holidays.


1. Howard Van Doren Shaw Fountain.
2. "Girl With Baby on Shoulder" statue by Sylvia Shaw Judson, Howard's daughter.
3. Architecture of Market Square.
4. Serene sidewalk setting along Market Square.
5. The lovely central park center of Market Square.%c*

Yes, Market Square exemplifies the beauty and passion for preservation that is so evident in Lake Forest.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 9, 2007
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