Village News

On the Bluff is a publication of the Village of Lake Bluff, the Lake Bluff Park District, and Lake Bluff School District 65 as part of ongoing efforts to cooperate, provide mutual support, and share services to increase efficiencies for our shared taxpayers. Please let us know what you think, and what you’d like to read about. Email or call any of the contacts listed inside.

Lincoln Avenue will be closed at Scranton Avenue until Friday, September 13 for storm sewer improvements. Detour traffic can use Garfield Avenue or Rockland Avenue. (Click the map below to view a full size image.)

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The Village of Lake Bluff, with the assistance of the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO), is asking our local businesses to help to reduce the costs of waste disposal by completing a brief, five-minute survey no later than Friday, September 6, 2019:

We will use the information provided to evaluate the potential benefits of contracting with a single waste disposal company to provide solid waste and recycling services for all Village businesses, just as the Village does today for single-family residences. Please know that we will not pursue such a program unless we demonstrate that it will lower costs and maintain or enhance the service provided to our business community. Based on the other 25 to 30 municipalities in our area that have enacted a similar program, we anticipate that benefits may include:

  • Lower costs. Among nearby Lake County municipalities with similar programs, 90% of businesses pay less for solid waste services thanks to economies of scale.
  • Stable rates. The Village has the negotiating power to enter multiple-year contracts, limit annual cost growth, and avoid fuel and environmental surcharges.
  • Increased recycling opportunities. Our Lake County peers provide recycling service at no additional cost to businesses.
  • Innovative programs. The Village enacted one of the first residential food waste disposal programs in Illinois. We hope to provide similar innovative options for commercial customers that can further reduce and redirect landfill waste.
  • A greener environment. By reducing the number of heavy garbage trucks on our roads, we can reduce carbon emissions and road damage.

Business owners who complete the survey at help us understand the marketplace for waste hauling in the Village today and the costs our business community experiences. This data will be kept confidential, but an aggregated report will be available for review. If you have any questions, please contact Public Works Superintendent Jake Terlap via e-mail or (847) 735-2310.

The parking lot of Lake Bluff's Metra train station will be closed on Monday, July 22 through Wednesday, July 24 for pavement work. In the event of inclement weather, construction will resume the following day. Details will be provided here if there are updates.

If you ordinarily drive to the train station, consider:

  • Walking or bicycling from home! We've been waiting all year for this weather.
  • Park at Lake Bluff Middle School, 31 E. Sheridan Place. It is a five minute walk to the train station.
  • Park at the Lake Forest Metra station, 2 miles south on Sheridan Road. The fee is $3.25 per day.
  • Park at the Great Lakes Metra station, 2 miles north on Sheridan Road. The fee is $1.50 per day.

Parking regulations on Village streets will be strictly enforced.


Interested in learning more about the Capital Improvements projects going on within the Village? Click here to find out more!

The Village's 2019 Water Quality Report contains important information about the source and quality of your drinking water.

If you would like a paper copy mailed to your home, contact Village Hall by calling (847) 234-0774.