The Lake Bluff Letter - October 14, 2022

The Lake Bluff Letter - October 14, 2022

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The sun rises over Sunrise Beach. Photo by Tom Dickelman. 

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Village and Community Updates


  • PUBLIC SAFETY DAY¬†will occur next Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, 45 E. Center Ave. Come see how your police, firefighters, and public works keep our community safe.

  • GHOST WALK is next weekend,¬†October 21-22. Events occur from 6-9 p.m. nightly, and this year's theme "Upside Down Village." Tickets are $25 from the History Museum.
  • The PUMPKIN BASH and the PUMPKIN CHASE 5K AND FUN RUN return the weekend of October 28-29.
  • THE POLICE DEPARTMENT HOT DOG ROAST¬†returns for the first time since 2019.¬†Trick-or-treaters are invited to stop by the Public Safety Building (45 E. Center Avenue) during trick-or-treat hours on Halloween, from 4 to 7 p.m. or while supplies last. Police Department staff will serve free hot dogs, potato chips and refreshments.

COMMUNITY SAFETY is on everyone's mind, especially parents. Lake Bluff and Lake Forest government and schools are partnering to produce a series of discussions on important safety topics. The series starts this Tuesday, October 18 at 7 p.m. with "The Role of the School Resource Officer."


CROYA'S ANNUAL POINSETTA SALE begins on Wednesday, October 19. Order form will be available soon at For more information, contact Susan Simms at (847) 810-3980. All proceeds support CROYA programs, youth scholarships, and senior awards.


STOP WAITING TO WRITE THAT NOVEL: Join Lake Forest College's "Writing by the Lake" creative writing seminar series starting later this month. The series features award-winning poet and novelist Joshua Corey.


WANT TO GET PAID TO PLAY? NSSRA is hiring program assistants to work with individuals with disabilities in recreation programs.

‚ÄćBoard and Committee Actions

For more information, visit the Village's meeting packets and videos page. Agendas and meeting materials are typically available the Friday before a meeting; videos within a week after the meeting; and minutes after they are approved at the next meeting of the public body. Not all meetings are recorded on video. Click here for details on how to participate remotely.

Recent Village Board Meeting (October 10, 7 p.m.). The Village Board:

  • Proclaimed October as dysautonomia awareness month and October 23-31 as Red Ribbon Week.
  • Appointed Village Clerk Katharine Hatch to serve as Village Trustee until the April 2023 election.
  • Honored the public service of Kathryn "Kate" Briand, who recently resigned from the Village Board.
  • Approved:
    • An extended expiration date for zoning relief to allow the establishment of a new automobile dealership at 39-47 Sherwood Terrace (Imperial Motors).
    • A site plan for Shoreacres Golf Course (1601 Shore Acres Drive).
    • Changes that grandfather more existing parking situations in the Central Business District and require more new downtown businesses to have their employees park at the Lake Bluff Train Station parking lot.
    • Zoning relief necessary for Hansa Coffee to relocate to 24 East Scranton Avenue (formerly occupied by Be Market).¬†
  • Gave first reading approval to:
    • A new set of regulations to govern future planned residential developments.
    • Updates to the Village's Comprehensive Plan to reflect the new planned residential development regulations as well as the current status of various residential developments included in the Comprehensive Plan.

The Historic Preservation Commission Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 12 at 7 p.m. has been rescheduled to Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall Board Room. Scheduled public hearings will occur at that time.


Upcoming Sustainability and Community Enhancement Ad Hoc Committee Meeting (Tuesday, October 18, 7 p.m.). The SEC will discuss possible bicycle improvements connecting to Sunrise Park and Beach as well as its upcoming meeting schedule.


Upcoming Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting (Wednesday, October 19, 7 p.m.). The PCZBA will:

  • Conduct public hearings to consider:
    • Allowing taller fences in certain locations, such as for businesses that need to screen their waste containers.
    • Residential variations for 714 East Prospect Avenue and 456 Sunrise Avenue.
  • Discuss:
    • A draft rewrite of Chapters 1, 2 and 4 of the Zoning Regulations.
    • Uniform hours of operation for restaurants.

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