Village News

The Village of Lake Bluff is accepting bids to complete renovations at the Lake Bluff Metra Station building and waiting platforms, including new roofs, masonry repair and tuckpointing, exterior painting, LED lighting upgrades (interior and exterior), bathroom improvements, and door repairs. The selected Contractor must substantially complete the work no later than June 15, 2018. Full bid documents are available from BHFX. On BHFXplanroom.com, select "Public Projects", then "Building Renovation Project."

Bid submittals may be directed to: Village of Lake Bluff, c/o Mike Croak, 40 E. Center Ave, Lake Bluff, IL 60044. 

A pre-bid meeting will be held 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Station (600 N. Sheridan Rd.).

Bids will be opened at 11:00 A.M. on October 12, 2017, by which time all bids must be received by the Village to be considered.

Many families in the Houston Independent School District have been devastated by the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. Lake Bluff's elementary and middle schools are collecting donations of new and unused clothing, shoes, underwear, socks, uniforms, school supplies, canned food, and bottled water that can help Houston students recover and prepare for the coming school year. Please, consider dropping off a contribution at either campus.

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The Lake Bluff History Museum (lakebluffhistory.org) is hosting two exciting events soon:

  • Tour Crab Tree Farm Arts and Crafts Collection. September 23, 10:00 a.m. and 1 p.m., 982 Sheridan Road. Crab Tree Farm was built in 1910, after fire destroyed the original farm buildings. The buildings were designed and built, by Architect Solon Beman, as a model dairy farm for Grace Durand. Durand was a successful businesswoman who was trained in agricultural science and well known for her modern methods of dairy farming. The farm buildings have undergone extensive renovation since Durand’s time and now house the finest collection of Arts and Crafts furnishings in the country. Tickets cost $35 and can be purchased at the Museum or by mail (order form available online).

  • Camp Meetings, Chautauquas, Artists and Anarchists - Tour Historic East Lake Bluff. October 1, 1 p.m., 525 East Prospect Avenue. This docent-led tour covers much of the area developed in the late 1800s by the Camp Meeting Association and provides history on the Camp Meetings, the Chautauqua Movement, and a period in the early 1900s when Lake Bluff was a destination attracting an eclectic mix of writers, poets, musicians, artists and anarchists. Multiple tour groups leave from the Union Church, 525 East Prospect, Lake Bluff, IL, at 10 to 15 minute intervals with the first tour group leaving at 1 pm. The tour is approximately 90 minutes in length. Tickets cost $10 and can be reserved by calling (847) 482-1571 or by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Village of Lake Bluff is now accepting applications for Police Officers. A full list of qualifications can be found at the application website: Apply Now! Police Officer. Applications will only be accepted via the website.

On Wednesday, July 12, the Village of Lake Bluff experienced a significant rain storm that has been estimated as a 140-year storm by Lake County. The Village saw about 7 inches of rain in less than 10 hours. This resulted in flooded basements and the closure of many local streets such as Green Bay Road and highways including Route 176 and Route 41. Due to the scale and damage of the storm, the State of Illinois and Lake County declared an emergency. The Federal government may also declare the July 12 storm to be a natural disaster. This exceptional rain storm was followed by two other significant rain events occurring on July 20 and August 3. More flooding occurred in the Village due to the saturated ground and high intensity of rainfall, although it was not as damaging as the July 12 storm.

The below is verbatim from the Lake County Emergency Management Agency.

All questions should be directed to the Agency directly at (847) 377-7100.


Lake County has received a State disaster proclamation due to the widespread flooding in our region. This can open the door for federal assistance. Disaster recovery is a multi-step process starting with an initial damage assessment, which is now underway. Lake County is working with local municipalities and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to conduct the assessment. The US Civil Air Patrol is currently capturing aerial photography of the flooded areas.

We need a complete and accurate damage assessment report that includes damages incurred in both incorporated and unincorporated Lake County. The detail within this report will help determine eligibility for federal assistance.