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Elawa Farm, Lake Forest

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Farm · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
ELAWA FARM is a public-private partnership dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of a unique combination of natural setting, designed landscapes and buildings of architectural and historic significance.

In 1998, the Cityof Lake Forest acquired a 16-acre parcel of land, including the original farm complex buildings that were part of an early 20th century gentleman's farm, known as ELAWA FARM. Adjacent to ecologically significant Middlefork Savana, this purchase created an opportunity for a unique partnership of public and private organizations to collaborate in the preservation and use of this property.

Today, Elawa Farm is managed by the Elawa Farm Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)3. The Middlefork Savana is part of Lake County Forest Preserve.
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  • From their website, the last newsletter had info about a farmers market 8-1 and I was excited to visit. We were only here for the weekend. Unfortunately, they weren’t open. An affiliated group was...  more »
  • See my earlier reviews (6/18/14; 9/2/16; and 6/2/18) for more details. Elawa Farm is named for its original owners -- Elsa and A. Watson Armour -- of meat packing fame.... El plus A plus W plus...  more »
  • This is a unique gem that elevated our trip to Lake Forest from an errand to something special. The building and grounds are interesting and the wildlife displays are fascinating. I felt sorry for the sad-looking, one-eyed owl and neurotic lynx that was pacing frantically back and forth - those were the only two creatures outside the day we visited. The inside reptile displays were very cool and the young women volunteering that day were super friendly and informative. We would definitely pay this wonderful farm another visit if we're in the vicinity!
  • Most underrated place in Lake County. No one knows it exists! Beautiful farm and lovely trails. Take a peek at their wildlife (golden eagle, reptiles, owls, etc) or forage for some wild raspberries in season.
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