The Lake Bluff Letter - October 28, 2022

The Lake Bluff Letter - October 28, 2022

Lake Bluff Style: Halloween Edition

"Stranger Things" were afoot downtown last weekend during the Lake Bluff History Museum Ghost Walk. Photo by Pam Russell. Licensed under CC BY 4.0. Take a great photo lately? Send it to us and you might be featured here.

Halloween Festivities

Here's what to look forward to this spooky weekend:

  • OFFICIAL TRICK OR TREAT HOURS are 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, October 31.
  • The PUMPKIN BASH will be held at Artesian Park from 5-8 p.m. today (Friday). 
  • The PUMPKIN CHASE 5K AND FUN RUN will take place tomorrow (Saturday) morning.
  • 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) from 4 to 7 p.m. on Halloween (or while supplies last). Police Department staff will serve free hot dogs, potato chips and refreshments. 
  • Thanks to the LAKE FOREST HIGH SCHOOL ART CLUB for decorating Lake Bluff's downtown pumpkins.

Village and Community Updates

FULL CLOSURES OF DEERPATH ROAD are scheduled in Lake Forest between Ahwahnee Lane and Route 41 during the first two weekends in November. Click here for more information.

VETERAN'S DAY will be observed in two weeks on Friday, November 11 starting at 9 a.m. on the Village Green. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Public Safety Building (45 E. Center Ave.).

CROYA'S ANNUAL POINSETTA SALE order forms are available at For more information, contact Susan Simms at (847) 810-3980. All proceeds support CROYA programs, youth scholarships, and senior awards.


COMED TREE TRIMMING will soon take place near Lake Bluff Elementary School. ComEd's trimming program is authorized by state law to avoid power outages resulting from tree interference with power lines. For more information, visit

Board 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 Finance Commitee Meeting (October 24, 5:30 p.m.). The Finance Committee discussed:

  • The upcoming property tax levy.
  • Financial incentives for landmark properties in the Village.
  • The Village's ongoing study of a stormwater utility.

Recent Village Board Meeting (October 24, 7 p.m.). The Village Board:

  • Received an informational overview of the activities of the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency (CLCJAWA).
  • Approved:
    • The appointment of Edward Deegan to the Architectural Board of Review.
    • 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.
    • Purchasing body cameras, replacement in-car camera systems, and digital evidence management software for the Police Department.
    • Retaining Bridge Brothers, Inc. for design engineering of the Glen Avenue Pedestrian Bridge.
  • Gave first reading approval to:
    • Clarifying the Village's solid waste licensing rules regarding temporary "roll off" services.
    • Allowing taller fences for businesses in residential areas that need to screen their waste containers.
    • Creating a new liquor license at the request of Hansa Coffee Roasters that would allow the sale of beer and wine both on- and off-premises.

Recent Business Advisory Ad Hoc Committee Meeting (October 26, 7 p.m.). The BAC discussed:

  • A draft update to the Village's 2014 downtown parking study.
  • Retaining a consultant to evaluate redevelopment opportunities in the Waukegan Road Business Park and near the U.S. Route 41 & Illinois Rt. 176 interchange.
  • Its work plan to evaluate the economy of the Village and recommend actions to promote the local business climate.

Recent Historic Preservation Commission Meeting (October 27 at 7 p.m.). The HPC:

  • Recommended the Village Board designate the residence at 618 Maple Avenue as a historic landmark.
  • Ended its advisory review of 618 Maple Avenue.
  • Discussed the current landmark status of 231 E. Prospect Avenue, outreach resources, and a pending demolition request for 1 Moffett Road. 

Upcoming Architectural Board of Review Meeting (Tuesday, November 1 at 7 p.m.). The ABR will:

  • Conduct a site plan review to consider changes to the roof of the Public Safety Building (45 E. Center Ave.).
  • Discuss upcoming building code updates including implementation of the Village's local fire sprinkler requirements.

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