Village News

The Village Board of Trustees will begin discussions regarding the 2017 Property Tax Levy at the Board meeting on November 27, 2017.   

The Village will hold a public hearing on the 2017 Property Tax Levy in the Village Hall Board Room, 40 E. Center Ave., Lake Bluff, Illinois, on November 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the business of the Board shall permit.  Anyone desiring to be heard on said matter should appear at said time and place.  After the public hearing the 2017 Property Tax Levy Ordinance may be further revised and passed without any further inspection, notice, or hearing.

 Join us Saturday, December 2 in downtown Lake Bluff as we kick off the holiday season!

Stop by for wonderful activities throughout the day!

 All day                               Businesses open for holiday shopping

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.              Whitehead Studios holiday showcase & drawing for $58 ornament (36 E. Center)

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.              Lake Bluff History Museum Historic Christmas Home Tours

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.              Holiday storytime, crafts & treats with the Library Elves at the Lake Bluff Library

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.                Carriage rides sponsored by Lake Forest Bank & Trust

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.                Reindeer on the Village Green

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.                Visit with Santa Claus at the Lake Bluff History Museum

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.                Strolling music by the Buckthorns

5 p.m.                                Lighting ceremony and caroling by the LB Middle School Singers; roasted chestnuts

P.S. Even after we ring in the season, the fun isn't over. The Gorton Community Center is screening "It's a Wonderful Life" on Friday, December 15 at 7 p.m.


Thanksgiving Holiday - Non-emergency offices will close at noon Wednesday, November 22 and reopen Monday, November 27. The Public Works Recycling Facility will open Saturday, November 25. For those who receive two collections per week (a la carte service), the second collection will occur Friday, November 24 for all routes.


Residents who don’t lock their cars continue to be victims, and Lake Bluff Police officials again urge residents to take their keys and lock their cars. Gang-affiliated criminals have struck Lake Bluff and the North Shore throughout the summer. Often we find these auto-burglaries have one thing in common: the car is left unlocked. It takes less than 20 seconds to open an unlocked car, grab what is in plain view, check the usual hiding places for other items, and get away. How long would it take you to lock your car?

“We continue to see thieves take advantage of unlocked cars in our community,” said Police Chief David Belmonte. “We have increased our night patrols and continue to work with other agencies to stop these criminals, but every car stolen this year had the keys left in it. We are making ourselves targets.” The members of the Lake Bluff Police Department encourage these steps to avoid being a victim:

  • Lock ALL your vehicle’s doors and close every window.
  • Do not leave valuables in your car.
  • If you must leave valuable items in your car, place items out of sight.
  • Call the Police Department to report ANY suspicious activities, persons, or vehicles.

Do your part by taking preventive action and spreading the word. You can make a difference.

Early Sunday, October 22, 2017, the Lake Bluff Police Department investigated a report of criminal defacement involving anti-Semitic and anti-African American graffiti. The graffiti was spray painted at four different locations including two roadways, a driveway and a tree. The Lake Bluff Public Works Department promptly removed the graffiti. 

“It does not appear that the graffiti targeted any single person. But, we should all view this as an assault on our values as a community,” said Police Chief David Belmonte. “This hateful act has no place in this town and will not be tolerated. This Department will investigate the matter thoroughly.”

Lake Bluff officials are stressing that anti-Semitism and racism have no place in the Village. Reflecting on the on-going community dialogue surrounding short-term rental regulations and the= vandalism incident, Village President Kathleen O’Hara started the October 23 meeting of the Lake Bluff Board of Trustees by reading a statement.

“All of us must embrace and adhere to the guiding principles which define us as a community,” said O’Hara. “There is no other way.”

She cited the Village Strategic Plan’s guiding principles:

  • Take personal responsibility for the quality of our community
  • Act with integrity, accountability, and in the best interests of all
  • Demonstrate kindness, neighborliness and concern for others
  • Be inclusive, welcoming, and open minded
  • Interact with respect civility in all circumstances
  • Embrace a positive, forward-looking orientation
  • Cherish our history, culture and legacy of excellence 

“The Village Board is very concerned about what happened on Sunday,” O’Hara stated when asked today. “While the graffiti appears to be a random act, it is still nothing other than repugnant. This crime is completely inconsistent with who we are as a community and the direction we are heading. There’s no place for it. Period.”

Anyone with information should call the Lake Bluff Police Department Investigations Division at 847-234-8760 ex. 5.

The Lake Bluff History Museum ( is hosting an exciting event soon:

  • Christmas Home Tour - December 2, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., $50. This popular tour - the sixth one hosted by the Lake Bluff History Museum - brings the splendor of history and the holidays to life!  Participants are treated to an insider’s glimpse at a charming selection of Lake Bluff homes. Each home is decorated to reflect the owners’ unique style. The tour also includes a holiday boutique. Beginning November 1, tickets can be purchased online at or in the museum during its regular hours: Tues/Thurs 1-4 pm and Sat. 10 am-1 pm. Tours start at the museum anytime between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Participants are provided a guide and the information needed to start the self-guided tour.