The picturesque community of Lake Forest is located 31 miles north of the City of Chicago on the west shore of Lake Michigan. It is recognized for its natural beauty, sensitivity to open space, and preservation of its historic structures and landscapes. Vibrant business districts, including the historic and charming Market Square, welcome residents and visitors alike. Chartered in 1861, The City of Lake Forest is home to prestigious businesses and residential locations and offers many excellent schools and cultural opportunities.


Start / Finish Line

Glen Rowan House at Lake Forest College
500 N. Sheridan Road
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045


Participant parking will be available on the Lake Forest College campus on a first come basis.  Additional parking will be available in downtown Lake Forest, approximately one mile from the start line.  There will not be a shuttle so make sure to bring everything you will need to enjoy the festival with you.  We will have bike parking and a gear check tent where you can leave bags during the event.  

Public Transportation

Ditch your car and ride the Metra to Venus de Miles. The train will drop you off at the Lake Forest station, which is an easy 15-minute walk to the campus. 


The Hilton Garden Inn Lake Forest Mettawa has extended a discounted rate of $105 per night for Venus de Miles participants.  To take advantage of this deal, click HERE and book by June 29.   

Looking for more information about Lake Forest? All you need to know can be found on the City of Lake Forest website including events, lodging, restaurants, and more.