The grounds include a rear terrace framed in boxwood hedges and a large pond traversed by a foot bridge. There’s also a swimming pool, a greenhouse and a vegetable garden. The original design of the grounds was by Jens Jensen, a pioneer of nature-inspired landscape design in the Midwest.
The Field family sold its stake in the Marshall Field & Co. retail firm in 1965, and under later ownership the stores were renamed Macy’s. Also in 1965, 24-year-old Marshall Field V took over Field Enterprises in the wake of his father’s death and was elected publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Daily News. In 1984, Field and his half-brother, movie producer Ted Field, liquidated Field Enterprises, a move that included selling the Sun-Times to Australian press baron Rupert Murdoch.
In recent years, only two Lake Forest properties have sold for more than $6 million: an Onwentsia Road mansion