A new pedestrian courtyard behind Market Square’s north side in downtown Lake Forest should make pedestrians stop in their tracks. With a grand opening celebration set to coincide with Lake Forest Day on Aug. 1, Lake Forest’s historic landmark recently received a makeover with help from the Lake Forest Preservation Foundation.
The addition to America’s first planned shopping center — designed by renowned architect Howard Van Doren Shaw and unveiled in 1916 — has a European-style look and feel. The courtyard features plantings and brick and stone pavers, along with seating to encourage visitors to linger and relax. The new area will have an entrance next to Forest Bootery, as well as another entrance off Bank Lane near the post office.
“It’s a more intimate environment, where you can get away from the hustle and bustle,” said Christiane Fischer, senior asset manager for Mid-America Asset Management, which manages Market Square. “And it’s about bringing it back to its original luster.”
The space will also be used as another venue for community events. While Market Square already hosts many events, including holiday events around Halloween and Christmas, and a summer music series, the new courtyard will lend itself to even more offerings. “There are so many opportunities for events we can explore now because of this new space,” Fischer added.
The family-friendly grand opening will also include live music, free gelato, a children’s craft table, and plenty more entertainment for people of all ages to enjoy.
For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit shopmarketsquare.com.