Lake Bluff At a Glance
Village Hall
40 E. Center Avenue
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
Phone: 847-234-0774
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Incorporated September 21, 1895
(2021 Census)
Normal: 5,878
Daytime: 7,321
Land Area Approximately 4 square miles
County Lake
Township Shields
Government Village Board/Village Administrator

Number of
Housing Units (2021 Census)

Median Home Value
(2021 Census)

Village Development
(as a percentage of land area)

Residential: 50%
Business: 10%
Open Space, Parks, & Recreation: 26%
Roadway and Railroad: 9%

Community Development
Fire (volunteer)
Public Works
Financial Information

Fiscal Year: May 1st to April 30th
FY2024-25 Budget: $17.63 million (includes Library)
FY2025-26 Budget: $17.31 million (includes Library)
Moody's Credit Rating: Aaa


Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
Lake Forest Place (senior living)

Elementary School District #65
Lake Forest High School District #115
Forest Bluff Montessori School (private)
Lake Forest College

Metra North Line Commuter Rail
North Shore Bike Path
Robert McClorey Bike Path
Major Roadways:
IL Route 43,
IL Route 176,
Sheridan Road,
U.S. Route 41, and
Green Bay Road.


Awards and Distinctions

Bird City Illinois Designation (since 2024)

Recognized by the Patch as Among America's 'Top 100 Secret Beaches,' (May 2023)

Farmers' Market Featured in Chicago Magazine as the Best Friday Market (Summer 2015)

Host community to Prairie State Cycling Series (since 2011)

Featured in Chicago Magazine as one (out of 12 suburbs and 12 neighborhoods) of Chicago's Best Places to Live (April 2014)

Recognized by Coastal Living magazine as 4th Happiest Seaside Town (June 2012)

Recognized by Chicago Magazine as a Top 20 Best Suburb and Neighborhood of Chicago (June 2010)

Featured in Coastal Living magazine (March 2009)

Illinois Land and Water Reserve designation for the Skokie River Preserve (2010)

Government Finance Officer's Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award (1994 – present)

Government Finance Officer's Association Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting (1994 – present)

Moody's Investors Aaa Credit Rating

Insurance Service Office Class Three (Fire Department) Rating

Insurance Service Office Class Four (Building Department) Rating

Recognized by Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board for Progressive Fire Sprinkler Codes

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) accredited since 1999

Lake County Crisis Center  Purple Ribbon Community

Lake Bluff Uptown Commercial Historic District National Register Listing

1999 Lake Forest Garden Club – Civic Award  honoring the  LB Farmers' Market

2005 APWA Award – Moffett Road Bridge Project

2007 APWA Award - Downtown Streetscape Improvement Project

2007 Lake Forest Garden Club – Civic Beautification Award for Downtown Streetscape Improvement Project

2004 AWWA 100 Years Club

Tree City USA Designation (since 1995)