Village News

Over the past three years, Lake Bluff’s Historic Preservation Commission (“HPC”) has engaged in a thorough review and strategic planning process to answer one question: “How can Lake Bluff better preserve and transmit its architectural history?” The HPC believes that updating Lake Bluff’s historic preservation regulations – which provide for the designation and protection of buildings and landscape features with special significance in the history and development of Lake Bluff – is an important step in answering this very question.

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Our area (Region 9 - Lake and McHenry County) is under Phase 4 of Restore Illinois COVID-19 Mitigations as of February 3,  2021. While there have been improvements, COVID-19 is still being actively transmitted in our area. We need to continue to wear face coverings, practice social distancing, and working towards full vaccination of our community.

In order to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 throughout Illinois, the State has created a five-phase Restore Illinois Plan as well as a three-tier Resurgence Mitigation Plan. Together, these frameworks are applied regionally and affect how businesses, education, and recreational activities can take place throughout Illinois. The severity of mitigations varies as our region sees better or worse rates of COVID-19 test positivity; hospital ICU bed availability; and COVID-19 related hospital admissions. 

For more information about State COVID-19 mitigations:

From time to time the Village of Lake Bluff issues Requests for Proposals (RFP) to solicit bids for specific projects.  Pursuant to the Village's Purchasing Manual, projects consisting of goods, services and overall public works in excess of $20,000 will undergo the competitive bidding process. Other projects may also be competitively proposed or bid at the discretion of the Village.



The COVID-19 vaccine is already being administered in our area. Lake County Health Department asks that you register now so that you can be notified when you are eligible to receive the vaccine.

Because vaccine supply will be limited at first, certain groups of people who are at higher risk will be eligible for vaccination before others. Currently, the State of Illinois is in Phase 1B; during this phase, the following persons may receive the vaccine:

  • Frontline healthcare workers
  • Long-term care facility residents and staff
  • Persons aged 65 and older.
  • Frontline essential workers, including employees who are or work in:
    • First responders (Fire, Police, 911 workers, security personnel, school officers)
    • Education, congregate child care, pre-K through 12th grade (teachers, principals, student support, student aids, day care workers)
    • Food & agriculture (processing, plants, veterinary health, livestock services, animal care)
    • Manufacturing (industrial production of goods for distribution to retail, wholesale or other manufactures)
    • Corrections workers and inmates (prison / jail officers, juvenile facility staff, workers providing in-person support, inmates)
    • United States Postal Service workers
    • Public transit workers (flight crew, bus drivers, train conductors, taxi drivers, para-transit drivers, in-person support, ride sharing services)
    • Grocery store workers (baggers, cashiers, stockers, pick-up, customer service)
    • Shelters / adult day care (homeless shelter, womens shelter, adult day / drop-in program, sheltered workshop, psycho-social rehab)

In addition to opportunities to receive the vaccine from the Lake County Health Department, your personal health care provider or pharmacy may also be scheduling appointments.

Questions regarding vaccine administration in our area should be directed to the Lake County Health Department or your healthcare provider. The Village of Lake Bluff does not have a direct role in prioritizing vaccine recipients or administering the vaccine.

The Village offers a one-time partial rebate of 2019 sales tax payments for Lake Bluff businesses that have suffered at least a 25% decline in revenues due to COVID-19. Eligible businesses:

  • Report sales tax within the Village of Lake Bluff.
  • Are physically located within the Village's CBD, L-1, L-2, AP-1, or S zoning districts.
  • Have no more than four total operating locations.
  • Are not part of a franchise system, are not private clubs, and are not home occupations.
  • Have suffered at least a 25% decline in revenues.
  • Paid at least $500 in local sales tax during calendar year 2019.
  • Was in operation as of March 21, 2020. (This does not exclude businesses that lawfully could not operate due to the Governor's Stay at Home order.)

Eligible businesses may receive a one-time payment of 10% of local sales taxes (excluding home rule sales tax) paid during calendar year 2019; minimum $500, maximum $5,000.

For more information and to apply: