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Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve

1275 Gilgare Ln
Lake Forest, IL 60045
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Phone: 847-367-6640
Group Sales: 847-968-3422



  • Monday-Sunday 6:30 am to Sunset


Rolling terrain, bluffs, ravines and mature trees set on the Lake Michigan shoreline make Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve a scenic destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Trails wind through the preserve to Lake Michigan's sandy shores, providing the first official public access to this section of shoreline since the Fort's military operations began in 1887. Enjoy hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, fishing, bird watching, picnicking and relaxing. Trails connect visitors to educational exhibits along the Fort's historic parade ground and to other walk-through exhibits and viewing stations along the route. Ft. Sheridan's history is closely tied to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Lt. Gen. Philip Sheridan was put in charge of settling the unrest after the fire. Members of the Commercial Club which represented Chicago businessmen petitioned to establish an artillery school and military installation north of Chicago for their safety.

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  • Guid­ed Tours Available
  • Motor­coach Park­ing Avail­able (Com­pli­men­ta­ry)
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