You’re invited to get involved at Gorton!
Gather. Play. Perform. Discuss. Listen. Learn. Give. Create. Connect.
You may be surprised to learn Gorton is not publicly funded, not supported in any way by property tax dollars nor are we a department of the city of Lake Forest. We are, however, one of only a few privately-funded community centers in the United States. And, we’re right here in the heart of Lake Forest!
Gorton Community Center is an independent, not-for-profit "community house" established in Lake Forest, Illinois, in 1972.
"We are pleased to provide support for Gorton. Its successful operations have achieved their mission 'To Be the Heart of the Community'."Mr & Mrs L. Robert Pasquesi
We hope you will take this opportunity to fill out the Volunteer Application and help us continue our programs and services.
"I love volunteering at Gorton - it keeps me tapped into what's happening in the community. It's a hub of activity!"Sue Wenderski
Businesses and civic organizations are among the many donors who help Gorton grow.
"The Gorton Center has been a fantastic partner in helping us establish and reinforce our committment in Lake Forest and the surrounding area."Thad Wong, Founder, @properties
The Gorton Community Center hosts many events that have a direct impact on our Resident Nonprofits and entire community.
"Gorton is truly the heart of the cultural community. The staff always works closely with us to understand our program and ensure our needs are met."Janice Hack, Executive Director, Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society