Lake Bluff

Rich local history

Lake Bluff is a village in Shields Township, in the North Shore area in Lake County, Illinois. In 1895, Lake Bluff ensured its future as a suburb and incorporated as a village. Charles Trusdell, the first Village President, built his home at 115 East Center Avenue. The East School opened in September 1895. In 1904, the brick railroad station was erected, and in 1905 the present Village Hall was built. During the First World War, Lake Bluff was proclaimed the “most patriotic small town in America” for the efforts of the residents in supporting the Red Cross and purchasing an ambulance to send to France.

In the 1920’s, it made great plans to join the other North Shore suburbs in the race to attract new homes and growing families.  New brick stores were added in the business block, and a large addition to East School was constructed.  However, 1929 brought the Great Depression, and the plans for expansion never materialized. Growth did come in the “Baby Boom” era after the Second World War. New subdivisions opened along Green Bay Road, and three new schools were built by the end of the 1960’s. Now a full-fledged suburb, it has never relinquished its small-town flavor and friendly spirit.

Along with its small-town charm, Lake Bluff offers a beautiful lakefront that has retained its authenticity.  Along the bluffs and throughout the historic downtown area, Lake Bluff features beautiful architecture, a unique shopping experience and a variety of dining options.

The Village is well known in and around the area for its creative and well attended 4th of July Parade which is coordinated by a group of local volunteers. The Village hosts a Farmers’ Market on Friday mornings, June – October. Lake Bluff features other special events from art festivals to concerts and community barbeques.

In 2010, Chicago Magazine ranked Lake Bluff as one of the 20 great towns and neighborhoods of the Chicago Metropolitan Region.


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5 Lake Bluff Elementary School Preschool - 5th Grade Public
4 Lake Bluff Middle School 6th Grade - 8th Grade Public
N/A Forest Bluff School Preschool - 8th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Safe Haven School Lake Bluff 5th Grade - 12th Grade Private/Charter
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