The Lake Bluff Letter - November 23, 2022 (Early Turkey Edition)

The Lake Bluff Letter - November 23, 2022 (Early Turkey Edition)

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Upcoming Events

‚ÄćIT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE IN LAKE BLUFF!¬†Join us for the last special event of the season on Saturday, December 3. This year's festivities include two appearances by Santa, the return of Santa's reindeer to the Village Green, and the annual lighting ceremony of Lake Bluff's homegrown green and blue light orbs. You can¬†click here for more details and a schedule of events.

‚ÄćDECK THE HALLS¬†for the return of the History Museum's Holiday Home Tour on Sunday, December 4. Tickets are $50.¬†Click here for details and tickets.

Village and Community Updates

THANKSGIVING OBSERVANCES. Village non-emergency offices are closed this Thursday and Friday. The Public Works Recycling Facility will be open during regular hours this Saturday and Sunday. For those who receive two collections per week (a la carte service), the second collection will occur Friday for all routes.

WELCOME AND CONGRATULATIONS to the new director of the Lake Bluff Public Library, Renee Grassi. Renee's previous experience includes library work in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and the communities of Deerfield, Glencoe, and Glen Ellyn.


A WINTER STORYWALK arrives in downtown Lake Bluff next Thursday, December 1 and will be on display throughout December. This year's selection is Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer. For more information and to enter this year's StoryWalk raffle (free), visit


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 continues next¬†Tuesday, November 29 at 7 p.m. with "Run, Hide, Fight ‚Äď Active Shooter Protocols and Preparation."


THE TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION is underway at the Lake Bluff Public Safety Building, 45 E. Center Ave. You can donate your unopened toys and help make sure that no child goes without a present this holiday season. This is the 75th anniversary of the Toys for Tots program.


LFHS COMMUNITY FORUM. District 115 held a forum earlier this month to discuss a possible April 2023 referendum to address the highest-priority LFHS facility needs. You can view the presentation and more information on the District 115 website, and you can submit questions and feedback here.

CALLING ALL SCOUTS. Lake Forest High School is collecting alumni contact information, and wants to know your preferences about future alumni events, mentoring, and communications.

‚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.

The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners met on Monday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m. to interview police officer candidates. 


Upcoming Village Board Meeting (Monday, November 28, 7 p.m.). The Village Board will consider:

  • Adopting the 2022 property tax levy, including a public hearing.
  • Creating new financial incentives for historic landmarks in the Village, including a waiver of building permit fees and a property tax grant (rebate) program.
  • Adopting updates to Chapters 1, 2 and 4 of the Zoning Regulations. The changes primarily reorganize and simplify the code, but also include new provisions that, for example: promote historic preservation; change how the Architectural Board of Review looks at design changes; and adopts new procedures for administrative appeals and the settlement of litigation.
  • Creating uniform hours of operation for restaurants in the Central Business District.
  • Accepting the Fiscal Year 2022 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (Audit).
  • Designating the single-family residence at 618 Maple Avenue as a historic landmark.
  • Prohibiting parking on one block of Simpson Avenue between East Center and East Scranton.
  • Updating parking regulations at the Lake Bluff Train Station parking lot.
  • Authorizing the disposal of old Village records and computer equipment.

The Business Advisory Ad Hoc Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 30 is cancelled.


The Sustainability and Community Enhancement Ad Hoc Committee meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 1 is cancelled.

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