With a population of 5,722 residents, Lake Bluff sits at the top of the string of communities that comprise Chicago's North Shore. Located only 35 miles north from downtown Chicago and in Lake County, Lake Bluff residents and business owners enjoy access to major intersate highways, accessible airports (O'Hare International Airport and Waukegan Executive Airport) and the Metra passenger rail system. Lake Bluff has two large business parks located at the intersection of State Routes 176 (Rockland Road) and Route 43 (Waukegan Road).
Lake Bluff acts as a center of industrial and business uses. From the small business entrepreneurs that pepper E. Scranton Avenue to the industrial and commercial enterprises operating in the Village's large industrial park area. The Village is home to several corporate headquarters, such as: Buehler Corporation, Chelsea & Scott, Clarin Chairs, Liquid Controls and Profile Plastics to name a few.
Over the course of 2007 and 2008, the Village worked with Lake Effect Development, III to redevelop Block One of Lake Bluff's Central Business District (CBD) with commerical retail and office space. The project, Village Commons, is a 32,400 square foot (11,130 sq. ft. footprint) three-story structure, designed to accommodate five, first-floor commercial retail spaces, a real estate office and a bank (corner of E. Scranton Avenue and Sheridan Road). The second and third floors are designated for commercial office use.
Other CBD property owners:
Roy Bollhoffer (847-374-8620);
Center Avenue Partners (847-361-6210);
Lake Effect Development (847-234-4688);
Lawrence Interior, Inc. (847-234-7944); and
Gary Pennella (847-234-7168).
The Village is well known in and around the area for its creative and well attended Fourth of July Parade which is coordinated by a group of local volunteers. In addition to the annual parade, each summer (June through October) the Village hosts a Farmers' Market on the Village Green on Friday mornings from 7:00 to 12:00 p.m. This event showcases some of the very best fresh produce, cut flowers and baked goods in the County. In addition to these favorites, the Village supports a wide array of special events from art festivals to concerts and community barbeques. The special events that are hosted by local non-profit groups help maintain a vibrant CBD, as well as promote strong community interaction.