The Village of Forrest
Tracks from the Past... Vision for the Future
Chicago - 93m. NE Bloomington - 43m. SW Champaign - 51m. S Peoria - 65m. W Pontiac - 20m. NW

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The Mission statement for the Village of Forrest is to be committed to preserving, protecting and enhancing our unique rural community, character, values, and quality of life. It’s sound fiscal management, attention to improving our resident’s property values and providing the community with excellent services, safety, and recreational needs shall be our guiding principles.

Web Bill Pay & Debit/Credit Card Payments

The Village of Forrest will be offering web bill pay as well as debit/credit card payments. You can come into the office to pay your bill or go online. There is a minimum fee to use this service. Pay Location Code # a000za

Baseball Diamond / Baseball Field Usage

Anyone wanting to use the Baseball Diamond/Field needs to call the village office to reserve it.

Hampsher Hotel Lunch/Brunch

The Historical Society is again hosting Lunch/Brunch at the Hotel on the second Tuesday of each month. These lunches will be held on the following dates: April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, 2018. There is a donation of $12.00 per person to attend. Contact Joyce Gulliford to make reservations at 815/657-7548. You can also enjoy browsing at the ‘Inspired’ gift shop in the Hampsher Hotel while there.

Forrest All-Town Garage Sales 2019

Spring May 4 & 5
If you would like to be put on the map please contact Phyllis Bellot 815-657-8774 or Peg Vaughan 815-657-8650. Sign 04/25/2019

Fall Dates TBA

Dumpster Rentals

The Village of Forrest has 2 cubic yard dumpsters to rent. You will need to contact Lori in the office to fill out the rental agreement. Rental fee is $20.00 per dump minimum. Dumpster Rentals are for Forrest Residents living inside city limits.


Register your golf carts during Village office hours Monday–Friday 8:00am-4:30pm. You will need to bring golf cart and proof of insurance with you.

Village Notice

The Village Board meets on the second Monday of each month. Meeting dates are posted at the Village office and the Community Board at the Library.

Upcoming dates are 07/09/18, 08/13/18, 09/10/18, 10/08/18, 11/12/18, 12/10/18, 01/14/19, 02/11/19, 03/11/19, 04/08/19. Annual Meeting will be posted at a later date.

Beginning March 12, 2018, the Village Board will be meeting at 323 S Williams St (Old Catholic Church).

Village of Forrest 2018 Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report)

for our 2018 Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report).

The Beginning of a Village

The Village of Forrest, Illinois is located at the junction of US Route 24 and Illinois Route 47. Forrest was named in honor of a Mr. Forrest of New York City, the business partner of Mr. Frost, President of the T.P.W. Railroad at the time of incorporation in 1890.

"As told by an old railroad man, George Rex Clarke" - The Forrest News, Friday, August 11, 1972 - page 3 & 4

Village of Forrest Historical Museum

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The Hampsher Hotel has been restored and is now operating as a Bed & Breakfast!

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Jerry's Hat Museum

201 N Beech St in Forrest
Phone: 815-374-0336
Hours: Mon-Sat 8:00am-4:00pm by appointment
Owner: Jerry Roth
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Our Restored Caboose

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