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Mark your calendars—be part of the fun and excitement

of one of the most anticipated events on the North Shore


        There will be no brakes on for the 6th annual Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium and Block Party, July 22nd, in downtown Lake Bluff, with races starting at 8:45 a.m. ending about 8:30 p.m. at 113 E. Scranton Avenue.  The Block Party on the Village Green begins at 4 p.m. and continues into the evening.  Northwestern Medicine is once again the proud host of the day, providing an exciting opportunity for everyone to enjoy some unique summer fun.

        “Northwestern Medicine is proud to serve as the principal sponsor of the Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium & Block Party,” stated Thomas McAfee, President Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital. “We are thrilled to bring this premier event to our community for the sixth year and invite our neighbors to join us for family fun and world-class cycling. Bicycling is a fun sport that suits all ages and we hope this event inspires community residents to be active and live a healthy lifestyle.”

        The 13 bike race categories throughout the day with riders in the pro men’s and women’s races from 30 states in the USA, as well as 15 foreign countries that include Germany, New Zealand, France, Australia, Columbia, and Costa Rica, to name a few. Lake Bluff’s very own Grand Tour will be lead off by the all new X5xDrive40e iperformance BMW, a vehicle with electric torque, provided by Knauz Automotive Group Lake Bluff.  Visitors will be able to see the X5x along with other vehicles from Knauz Autopark throughout the Village. Knauz has been a major sponsor of the Lake Bluff Criterium since 2011. 

        This year’s races include special races for kids, ages 3 to 9. Once again sponsored by the Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company, these heats start at 5:25 p.m.  A parent or guardian must register each child in advance at the bank’s Lake Bluff branch beginning Monday, July 17th through Friday, July 21st from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday, July 22nd from 8:30 a.m. until noon.  There is no entry fee for the kids but they MUST wear a helmet.  And, everyone’s a winner!  Children who ride will all receive a medal and a “Take 2” coupon for two free ounces that can be added to their ice cream treat at Suzy’s Swirl on Rockland Road, Lake Bluff.

        Spectators will have an opportunity to watch the female and male pros compete for prize money totaling over $7,000, a hand-cycling race for disabled individuals, the Fyxation Open, where the racers ride fixed gear bikes with no brakes, and more. Two Jumbotrons will allow guests to view the races from the Village Green, while they’re having fun at the Block Party, enjoying food and refreshments from local restaurants, and listening to live music, scheduled to start at 8 p.m.

        Mark your calendars and be there. Projected winners for the day, everyone in attendance! For more information about the Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium and Block Party, visit .

The following is a schedule of events for the July 4th festivities:

  • Saturday, July 1st at 1:00 p.m. – Mixed Doubles Tennis (Artesian Park Courts);
  • Sunday, July 2nd at 1:00 p.m. – Mixed Doubles Tennis (Artesian Park Courts);
  • Monday 3rd at 6:00 p.m. – 42nd Annual Firemen’s Ball (Blair Park);
  • Tuesday, July 4th at 7:00 a.m. – 46th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast (Village Green);
  • Tuesday July 4th at 9:00 a.m. – Grace United Methodist Church Party (E. Center Ave.);
  • Tuesday, July 4th at 9:50 a.m. – Children’s Parade step-off;
  • Tuesday, July 4th at 10:00 a.m. – 4th of July Parade step-off; and
  • Tuesday, July 4th at 11:30 a.m. – 2nd Annual Kiwanis Hamburger & Hot Dog Cookout (Village Green).

A detailed schedule of events is available at

The Village's Contractor, Peter Baker and Son, Co., has completed its resurfacing work and has begun the patching portion of the project.  The patching should be completed during the week of June 26th.   The remaining items such as gravel shoulder installation along portions of new pavement, center line and crosswalk markings, fire hydrant markers and grass restoration will follow.  

The Lake Bluff Police Department wants to remind all residents to keep their car windows rolled up, doors locked, and valuables out of sight when your car is parked unattended. 

When riding bikes, be sure to lock them in bike racks, and keep them in a closed and locked garage overnight.

Lastly, if you see anyone suspicious, call the Police!  Together we can help keep Lake Bluff the safe community we all enjoy!

The start of the 2017 Farmers’ Market Season was a success!  The Market Manager reports a larger than usual turnout for opening day.  The Farmers’ Market (located on the Village Green) is once again sponsored by Knauz Autopark and 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

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