We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 664 - 720 North Western Avenue, Lake Forest, IL

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 39 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 20
  • 15
    Very good
  • 2
  • 0
  • 0
Nice place for a stroll

Charming town square. Good place to window shop if you're on a budget and shop shop if you're not. J.Crew, Williams Sonoma, several clothing boutiques, and the snazziest Starbucks... read more

Reviewed February 13, 2017
Alexia G
El Paso, Texas

Similar Things to Do in Lake Forest

Add Photo Write a Review

39 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 37: English reviews
El Paso, Texas
Level Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2017

Charming town square. Good place to window shop if you're on a budget and shop shop if you're not. J.Crew, Williams Sonoma, several clothing boutiques, and the snazziest Starbucks I've seen anywhere.

1 Thank Alexia G
Level Contributor
38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2017

Market Square is the town's heartbeat and should not be missed. The area includes an assortment of boutique shops and restaurants to choose from. Visiting the square during the holidays with the lights strung around trees is an added bonus.

Thank TravelingBuffs
Level Contributor
57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed October 18, 2016

Market Square in Lake Forest is the oldest planned shopping center in the country. It is filled with local boutiques, some larger chains (William Sonoma, J. Crew), and a charming center green and fountain. Lovely!

3 Thank Kimmarie S
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
134 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2016

There are so many nice shops and boutiques all over Market Square. It is a great place to spend the afternoon walking around.

Thank Swisscss
Jonesboro, Arkansas
Level Contributor
52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed September 15, 2016

Finding ourselves driving through the villages along Lake Michigan as part of our Labor day holiday, we were surprised to chance on Market Square in Lake Forest, IL during the Deer Path Art League's 62nd Annual Art Fair on the Square. While it was difficult for us to appreciate the charm of the Square in its own right, we can... More 

Thank sde63
Lake Forest, Illinois
Level Contributor
7 reviews
Reviewed September 13, 2016

I live within 1.5 miles of this little architectural gem in the heart of the Lake Shore North Chicago suburbs at Lake Forest, Illinois. Those lured by the attractions of the city may ignore the charm of the small communities along the shore of Lake Michigan: their loss!!. Strolling in Market Square is a unique experience!

Thank xtalp1
Lake Forest, Illinois
Level Contributor
39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Marked by more than a few vacant storefronts, the first shopping mall in American is a shadow of its former self. The unique local shops are almost all gone, replaced by national chain stores/franchises - when they are replaced at all. You can do as well with better selection at any big indoor mall.

Thank 577gordonj
Lake Forest, Illinois
Level Contributor
43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Market Square is finally moving into the 21st century but it is being dragged slowly. There are several new shops waiting to be explored, new candy and ice cream to taste. Don't skip the alleyways there are hidden gems to be discovered quaint shops hiding. The restaurants are also surprisingly good Especially the seafood place on the second floor. I... More 

Thank sara c
Level Contributor
902 reviews
221 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 333 helpful votes
Reviewed June 26, 2016

Currently you can find Saturday daytime open air markets across at the train station and free Thursday night concerts at the square.. The most charming summer activity is to stroll around the square and read the informative and entertaining posters displayed in almost every shop window. They were provided by the local Historical Society and give the history of every... More 

Thank illinois travelere
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Level Contributor
35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed May 19, 2016

Rather disappointing. Apparently this place is under new management, Food OK, soup and sandwich/sandwich and salad, but the service was so slow.....we had grandchildren with us and it was hard to keep them under control since it was past their lunch time, even with crayons.

1 Thank hawkfan65

Travelers who viewed Market Square also viewed

Lake Forest, Lake County
Lake Forest, Lake County

Been to Market Square? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Market Square staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?