The Lake Bluff Letter - October 27, 2023

The Lake Bluff Letter - October 27, 2023

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Upcoming Green Bay Road Project (Spring 2026)

On Thursday, November 2, the Village of Lake Bluff is hosting an Open House to provide information on the upcoming Green Bay Road Reconstruction and Bridge Replacement project (schedule, detours, design, etc.). The Open House will be held from 5 pm to 7 pm in the Lake Bluff Public Safety Building Community Room located at 45 East Center Avenue.

Village Community Updates


Here's What to Look Forward to:

  • Official Trick or Treat hours are 4 to 7 pm on Tuesday, October 31.
  • Pumpkin Bash will be held at Artesian Park from 5 to 9 pm on Friday, October 27. 
  • Pumpkin Chase 5K and Fun Run will take place from 8 to 10 am on Saturday, October 28.
  • Police Department Hot Dog Roast will take place from 4 to 7 pm on Halloween (while supplies last). Trick-or-treaters are invited to stop by the Public Safety Building (45 E. Center Avenue) for free hot dogs, chips, and refreshments. 


Shoes, Shred & Seeds. On October 28 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am at the Highland Park Country Club, SWALCO will be taking shoes for the Reuse-a-Shoe program, accepting confidential documents for shredding & recycling, and handing out native/pollinator seeds to anyone who would like to plant them. For more information about this event, click here.

Tree Inventory. Starting late next week, Davey Resource Group will be in town tagging public trees to assist with the Village's tree inventory update.


Coat and Boot Drive. Now through November 10, clean, new and gently used winter coats, scarves, hats, mittens, snow pants, boots and blankets are being collected by  Mothers Trust Foundation Teens 2023. For more information click here.


Leave Some Leaves. Tree leaves host eggs for fireflies, butterflies, and moths. As leaves decompose, they return nutrients to the soil and support pollinators. Help the enviroment by doing less work! Instead of bagging leaves, consider distributing them under shrubs and over flower beds.

Need a Trusted Resource? Lake Bluff residents can access Consumer Reports for FREE with their Lake Bluff Library card. Consumer Reports is a trusted nonprofit organization dedicated to providing unbiased product testing, reviews, and consumer information.  Click here to learn more.


CROYA News. CROYA’s Annual Poinsettia Sale has begun (forms due November 15).  CROYA’s 25th Annual High School Donut Bowl flag football game with the Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Police is on November 8. Click here to visit CROYA’s website and learn more about programming.

Comprehensive Plan Update Underway

The Lake Bluff Comprehensive Plan update has started and there are plenty of opportunities to make your voice heard regarding the Village’s future! The best way to stay in the loop is to subscribe to the plan website; this will keep you posted on all project news and events as they are announced. While you’re there, make sure to share your ideas to the comment map (and come back whenever inspiration strikes) and, if you haven’t yet, take the five-minute survey to let us know your priorities for Lake Bluff’s future.


Last week, the PCZBA heard a presentation by Jennifer Settle of Opticos Design on Missing Middle Housing. Click here to view the slides from the presentation.  

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 Village Board Meeting (October 23, 7 p.m.). The Village Board:

  • Approved a special use permit amendment for the proposed Lawrence Pub to decrease the proposed floor area of the building, increase the outdoor seating area, and remove a condition requiring the construction of three additional parking spaces (101-113 East Scranton Avenue). 
  • Amended the Lake Bluff Municipal Code regarding the food and beverage tax.
  • Approved the annual aggregate 2023 property tax levy estimate.
  • Waived the competitive bid process for the purchase of two replacement police vehicles.

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