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Historic Fort Sheridan

Fort Sheridan, which is situated on the shores of Lake Michigan approximately 25 miles north of Chicago, Illinois, was originally constructed as a U.S. Army fort and training center. The facility was established in 1886, when Marshall Field, a prominent Chicago entrepreneur, led a petition by area businessmen to the Secretary of War to set aside an area for a military installation.

The 632-acre site chosen was high on the bluffs of Lake Michigan. Fort Sheridan was situated on the Highland Park Moraine formed by retreating glaciers, which had left the area as a heavily forested and fertile environment. The area was originally drained by streams flowing eastward through deep ravines filled with abundant native flora and fauna.

In 1980, Fort Sheridan was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. About 1997, redevelopment of the fort was begun to create a unique residential community in the cities of Highland Park and Highwood. The Fort Sheridan site also contains Lake County Forest Preserve Property.

For more information, check the websites of the Illinois Lake County Forest Preserves, City of Highwood History, and Fort Sheridan History.

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