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2014 Events
  • Click here for a calendar view of our events, education programs and volunteer work days. Click on the event for specific details, location and directions.


Shakespeare on the Prairie: "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Friday, July 25, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 26, 3:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 27, 5:00 p.m. 

In partnership with Citadel Theatre, Lake Forest Open Lands presents"A Midsummer Night's Dream", a comedy play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. This play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.

Lawn seating available; blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged along with picnic dinners and bring your own refreshments. Recommended for adults or families with older children.
Members of Lake Forest Open Lands: $10/person 
Non-members: $15/person 
(PLEASE NOTE: No hard copy tickets will be sent. All reservations will be held at the gate) 
Rain location: Citadel Theatre, West LFHS campus, 300 South Waukegan Road, Lake Forest (tables will be available in the lobby for food, no alcoholic beverages on school property).

Swinging Bridge 8K Trail Race
Saturday, September 21
8:00 a.m.-noon 

The Swinging Bridge 8K Trail Race is being hosted by the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Running Club in partnership with Lake Forest Open Lands Association. Enjoy a scenic run through Derwen Mawr and Skokie River Nature Preserves in Lake Forest. This will be a green race managed to minimize its environmental impact. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome!
A portion of all proceeds will benefit Lake Forest Open Lands' Center for Conservation Leadership. 

Race Packets will be available on September 19 and 20 from 3:00-5:30 p.m. at Kiddle's Sporting Goods, 258 Market Square, Lake Forest, and on September 21 from 7:00-7:45 a.m. behind Deerpath Middle school. In person registration will also be available at those times. Online registration will end at midnight September 19, 2014
$35/runner ($2.50 CARA discount, $3.10 Online registration fee) 

Bagpipes & Bonfire
Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve
Sunday, September 28
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Join us for our 27th annual Bagpipes & Bonfire on Sunday, September 28, 2014. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of games, food, fun and Scottish entertainment at the beautiful Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve. The evening culminates with the landing of kilted sky divers, a dramatic bagpipes procession and the lighting of the bonfire. For questions about the event please email or call 847.234.3880 x17.
Please join us at one of the following sponsorship levels for Bagpipes & Bonfire and enjoy some of the benefits below. (Please note remote parking for general admission will be at LFHS West Campus this year due to construction at the hospital.)

$750 Patron benefits: (Click here to become a Patron)
  • Four tickets to the event;
  • Patron listing in the Bagpipes & Bonfire invitation; 
  • One valet parking pass on site with special entrance and patron bar;
  • Family photo taken at the event.
$1,650 Order of the Tartan benefits: (Click here to become an Order of the Tartan)
  • All of the above plus;
  • Order of the Tartan listing in the Bagpipes & Bonfire invitation; 
  • Two additional tickets to the event for a total of 6 tickets;
  • Special Order of the Tartan Hospitality Tent, including special Tartan buffet and full bar.
$7,500 Grand Tartan (SOLD OUT)
  • Email for waitlist or sponsorship opportunities. 
Enjoy a preview of our 2014 Bagpipes & Bonfire event: 


Native Tree Sale
Saturday, October 18
8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Lake Forest Open Lands Association and the City of Lake Forest are partnering to offer a Native Tree Sale. 10-12 native tree varieties will be offered. All trees will be sold at discounted prices and a portion of the proceeds will go to plant trees and re-green our community’s open spaces.
Story Time with Santa
Saturday, December 6
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy an afternoon of holiday cheer at this fun family event! Ride a horse-drawn wagon through the preserve with jolly old St. Nick. Listen to a seasonal story and craft a winter wildlife ornament. Indulge in delicious treats and join us for this wonderful winter tradition.

Online pre-registration will be available in October and is available through Friday, December 5th:
$35 per member family
$100 per non-member family (includes a year and a half family membership expiring 4/30/2016)

Day of event registration on December 6th is $45.
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