graphicgraphicBoth Lake Forest and Lake Bluff maintain excellent libraries with more than 170,000 books, magazines, videos, cassettes and reference materials combined. In addition, the libraries provide access to over 350 area libraries through the North Suburban Library System.

With two symphony orchestras and a thriving art league with a permanent gallery and annual festival, area residents need not drive to Chicago to enjoy the cultural arts. The Lake Forest Symphony is a professional orchestra serving the surrounding area by offering a full subscription season from fall to spring and a very popular open-air Fourth of July concert. The symphony also operates the Music Institute of Lake Forest which, along with the Midwest Young Artists organization, provides musical lessons and training for all ages.

The North Suburban Symphony also offers a full subscription season. In addition, numerous fine arts events as well as excellent musical and theatre productions are mounted annually throughout Lake Forest and Lake Bluff. CenterStage of Lake Forest is celebrating its 30th season of providing theatrical productions for the community.

graphicCamerata Singers of Lake Forest is a 16-voice singing ensemble that performs in many of the area's elegant homes. In addition, the area's schools and colleges feature a number of performing arts events each year. More than 75 civic and social organizations are active in the area, covering such interests as history, historic preservation, gardens, antiques, government, sports, music, arts, theater and more.

The Gorton Community Center offers Lake Forest and Lake Bluff residents a variety of programs, classes and special activities for every age group, from infants to teenagers to adults. More than 70 not-for-profit groups meet at the Gorton Community Center, including Deer Path Art League, CenterStage, the North Suburban Symphony, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

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