Village News

In order to better communicate with the community during events requiring prompt notification, the Village uses "CodeRED" - a high-speed telephone emergency notification service. Residents who have moved or changed telephone/cell phone numbers over the past year are reminded to register their new information with the CodeRED System. Residents are encouraged to click here to assist in updating their contact information. For assistance with registration, place contact the Police Department non-emergency number at 847-234-2153.

It’s almost time for the Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market (sponsored by Knauz Autopark)!  The 2017 Farmers’ Market (located on the Village Green) will run every Friday from June 9 to October 13, 2017, 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Additional information is available by visiting or

The Public Works Recycling Center will be closed Sunday, April 16 for Easter. The Recycling Center’s regular hours of operation will resume Monday, April 17.  The Recycling Center is open Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

On February 27, 2017, the Board of Trustees of Lake Bluff, Illinois unanimously adopted the Village’s 2023 Strategic Plan. The plan aims to unite the policy, resources, and stakeholders of the Village in service of the Village’s health and vitality.  It is the result of months of effort by community volunteers.

“The collective smarts of our residents come through the 2023 Strategic Plan clearly,” said Kathleen O’Hara, Village President. “I am grateful to all of those that gave their time, energy, and wisdom.”

The 2023 Strategic Plan envisions a Village that is “welcome, attractive and flourishing” thanks to its “authentic atmosphere of neighbors, traditions, safety and invigorating community life.” The plan speaks to a wide variety of topics that affect Lake Bluff’s quality of life, such as volunteerism, environmental conservation, business development, fiscal policy, and municipal services.

The Village hired Lynn Montei Associates in July 2016 to assist in developing the 2023 Strategic Plan. The seven-month process relied on two groups of volunteers: one to design and steer the plan process, and one to synthesize ideas and draft the plan. Three well-attended workshops were held for the community to provide input on September 29, October 1, and January 26.  

“There was a lot of input from the entire community,” said Gail Gamrath, a Lake Bluff resident and contributor to the plan. “The workshops were Lake Bluff at its best, a bunch of people who are proud of their village and who want to see it continue to grow in positive ways into the future.”

The adopted 2023 Strategic Plan can be viewed online at the Village website, The next product of the Village’s strategic planning process is the creation of an Implementation Plan, which would identify specific, operational steps for action by the Village itself and by community stakeholders. 

View the Adopted 2023 Strategic Plan

The Village kindly reminds customers of the Metra Commuter Parking Lot (east side of the tracks) to remember your ticket after making a purchase at the pay box.  This ticket must be placed on your vehicle’s dashboard to allow the Lake Bluff Police to easily read the ticket during their parking enforcement rounds.

From time to time, customers forget their ticket after making a purchase at the pay box. This may result in the police issuing you a citation, and may cause the pay box printer to jam.  In an effort to not inconvenience your fellow commuters please ensure you remove the ticket from the pay box printer and place it on your vehicle’s dashboard before exiting your vehicle.

If you have any questions regarding the pay box, please contact Franco Bottalico, Administrative Intern at 847-283-6882, or the Lake Bluff Police at 847-234-8760.