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Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Emergency Department

Emergency Care

Call 847.535.6150
1000 N. Westmoreland Road
South Entrance
Lake Forest, IL 60045
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Hours of Operation

Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours


We offer a service that allows you to hold a spot in line at the Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Emergency Department. Choose a time and complete the form, then come in at your check-in time.* Do your waiting at home.

Reservations and Online Check-in

The Emergency Department at Lake Forest Hospital will make a sincere effort to see you when you arrive. We will do our best to honor your time; however, patients with more serious issues may be seen first.

No appointment is necessary. Walk-in services are always available.

Please enter your legal name when making a reservation. One patient per reservation.

Learn more about Emergency Services throughout Northwestern Medicine.

When to seek emergency care

Call 911 if you:

  • Have a life-threatening injury/illness
  • Experience head, neck or back trauma, or other major trauma
  • Fear you or the patient may need medical attention before you can get to the hospital, or you have doubts about your ability to drive safely to the emergency room
  • Have physical limitations preventing you from getting you or the patient to the hospital

Seek treatment from an emergency room in the following situations:

  • Poisoning
  • Abdominal pain with fever
  • Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
  • Severe burns
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Dehydration
  • Fainting or loss of consciousness
  • Stroke
  • Severe head wound
  • Major trauma
  • Difficulty breathing or bluish look around the mouth
  • Sudden dizziness or weakness
  • Seizures
  • Possible suicide or mental disorder
  • Foreign object swallowed or otherwise lodged in the body
  • Severe and/or persistent vomiting

Parents: To be prepared in the event that your child may need to go to the Emergency Department before you can arrive, complete this Parental Consent: Emergency Release form and leave it where it can be found easily by a teacher, neighbor or babysitter.


The hospital Main Entrance is located at 1000 North Westmoreland Road. Both valet and self-parking options are available in Parking Lots 1 and 2.

Patients of the Cancer Center can use the hospital’s dedicated North Entrance and Parking Lot 1.

The Emergency Department and Maternity Services are located inside the hospital’s South Entrance. A circle drive can be used for patient drop-off, while close self-parking is available in Lot 3.

Patient parking for the Bays and McGaw medical office buildings is located just east of the McGaw Medical Building. Patients and visitors can also park in a new lot adjacent to the 700 building.

As always, patients and visitors to the medical office buildings are encouraged to take advantage of our complimentary valet service, located at the main hospital and the main entrances of the Bays (900) and the McGaw (800) Medical Buildings.

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*Patients are seen based on the severity of their illness or injury. Our care team will see you as close to your check-in time as possible.