LAKE FOREST – After one year in the making, Lake Forest on May 1 will launch LFGo, an innovative app that lets people explore the city with expert help from their iPhones.
LFGo will launch on May 1 and the developers will make a presentation to at the City Council meeting on May 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Lake Forest natives Brent and Matt Engel, along with their father Mitch, a Lake Forest resident, created an iPhone app that tracks your location and allows you to explore Lake Forest while the app’s guide talks to you, sharing quick stories and interesting facts about the places you pass.
The city worked with the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society, Lake Forest Open Lands Association and the Lake Forest Preservation Foundation, as well as numerous residents, to create 500 data points for this self-guided tour app. Also, the city held a drawing for residents to submit content for the script. The winner received a two-night stay, dinner and brunch donated by The Deer Path Inn.
Users will find interesting tidbits of information or fun facts about local architecture, history, landscapes, outdoor art, landmarks, open spaces and parks as well as where some of Lake Forest’s more “hidden treasures” are located.
According to Brent Engel, “you’re moving around with information from a conglomeration of historians, tour guides, architects and long term residents – we’ve pooled all that information from all those sources and put it into LFGo.” Prior to developing LFGo, the Engels created an app for Chicago called 312Go.
“LFGo is designed for all generations to get outside and explore Lake Forest. The city will be updating information and content as it is submitted or discovered by the community and is excited about promoting Lake Forest,” said Susan Banks, City of Lake Forest communications manager. “Turn on the app as you walk, ride a bike, ride in a car or run as you listen. You’ll be amazed by what you learn.”
Submitted by the City of Lake Forest