Check Out This Year’s Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens


Lake Forest Showhouse with brick facade, picture windows and hedges on either side of front door

The 2023 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens, which opened May 6, sits on a 9-acre estate that holds a Walter Frazier-designed 16-room house as well as a caretaker’s cottage and separate outbuilding. The rooms in all three structures will be decorated by an illustrious group of 39 Chicago designers, while four landscape design crews turn their attention to the gardens.

The show house chose two dear friends, who both happen to be nationally known designers and authors, as the honorary chairs: Ashley Whittaker and Timothy Whealon. On May 8, they were part of a lunch and Q&A moderated by Emma Bazilian, co-author of the upcoming book, Charm School. All proceeds of the special events and the show house benefitted the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago.