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Encore Club 
Lake Forest & Lake Bluff


COVID-19 Notice:

Due to the current state mandated Shelter in Place guidelines Encore Club has adjusted its available activities to comply with the Governor's orders.  We will offer virtual activities as appropriate.   As of May 4th the Encore/Newcomers Golf League has begun, please check the calendar event for more detailed information.  We will communicate any updates through email.

The Early Bird membership renewal signup period will be extended beyond June 1st.

The Encore Club of Lake Bluff & Lake Forest is a social organization for women offering opportunities  for new and long-time residents to meet new friends, get involved in activities, and learn more about our community. We currently have about 250 members. 

Living in Lake Bluff or Lake Forest, we are blessed with many opportunities to be productive, grow as a person, and socialize with new and old friends.  Our club welcomes your skills and experience.  From established board positions, creating new "One Shots", helping out on a committee, to attending various functions -- Encore greatly values your participation, creativity, and input -- at whatever level you wish to become involved. Email Shelly at with any questions.

Membership is open to:

  • Anyone who currently lives in Lake Bluff or Lake Forest, Illinois .  Current members in good standing may continue membership upon relocation out of LakForest or Lake Bluff.
  • Potential Members are allowed to attend TWO events before joining.
Membership fees (Membership year is June 1- May 31):
  • Early-bird membership dues are $40/annually when paid before May 31.    
  • Membership dues paid after May 31 are $45/annually. 
  • For those joining mid-year after January 1, partial dues are $25 for the remainder of the membership year.


Club activities provide a wonderful chance to meet new people and get together with old friends.  The variety of our activities reflects the range of our members -- single and married, employed or at home, younger and older, from near and from far -- a great mix of backgrounds and interests.

  • Challenge your mind
    • Book Pass, Book Discussion, Mah Jongg
  • Increase your knowledge
    • Teens & tween workshops, Luncheon programs
  • Involve you in our community
    • Theater Group, Philanthropy
  • Hone your sports skills and provide exercise
    • Golf, Yoga, Tennis, Biking
  • Offer you fret-free opportunities to socialize and network
    • Luncheons, Evening Socials, Pot Luck Dinners, Good Food and Friends 
    • International Connections- have you lived abroad for more than 18 mos. this might be for you. Contact Shelly-Dodds Ayers for more information.

For most people, however, the prime reason to join Encore is its members.  Over and over we hear, "I joined because people were so friendly!"

To Learn More...

Want to learn more?  Join us at a New and Prospective Member Coffee.   Email our membership chairwoman Khris at for information on the next coffee.
It's a great way to learn more about Encore, meet some current and other new members.

New to the area? Visit our sister club Newcomers for more information. 



Encore Club of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff

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