Lake Bluff Downtown Logo

Welcome to the project webpage for the Lake Bluff Downtown Streetscape Plan!


 About this project:

The Village of Lake Bluff is studying the utilization of the public way within Downtown Lake Bluff. The public way is generally defined by the roadways, sidewalks, plantings, green spaces, and plaza spaces controlled by the Village. Although private properties will be evaluated for context, the Village does not intend to make any recommendations to modify private properties.

Established in 1895 along Lake Michigan’s North Shore, Lake Bluff is recognized as a community with a rich historical, cultural, and architectural character. Today, Lake Bluff’s Downtown continues to thrive as a vibrant hub of activity that includes nearby homes, shops, restaurants, businesses, Metra station, Village Hall, Village Green, pedestrian ways and trails, and civic spaces. This Streetscape Plan will build on previous planning studies that have been put to work and identify further opportunities to benefit downtown businesses, residents, and visitors.

Focus areas for this study:

The planning process is designed to offer viable downtown enhancement options that enhance pedestrian safety, on-street and off-street parking, existing trees, outdoor seating and dining, lighting, pavement, plantings, site furnishings, and parking lot entry signage.

Outcomes of the study:

The outcome of this program would be a Downtown Streetscape Plan report paired with concept plans to help guide future Village discussions and decision-making about public and private investment in Downtown.

Study Area

The project area is generally between Union Pacific Railroad (to the west), Evanston Avenue (to the east), North Avenue (to the north), and Center Avenue (to the south).

Get Involved!

To ensure the plan’s recommendations reflect community priorities, your input is important to us. Here's how we've been collecting community feedback:

  1. We visited the Farmers Market on Friday, September 10 and hosted an idea booth.
  2. We took a community poll and received over 700 responses. The poll closed Sunday, September 26. You can view a one-page infographic or the full results.
  3. You can sign up for the Lake Bluff Letter to receive important updates about this project and other Village-related happenings.
  4. Stay tuned! As the project progresses, presentations will be made to the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) and Village Board. Materials will be linked to this page.
    1. The Architectural Board of Review discussed initial concepts on October 5, 2021. Click here for a summary of their discussion.
    2. The Architectural Board of Review reviewed a Preliminary Streetscape Plan at their meeting on Tuesday, November 2 and recommended the Village Board adopt the concept plan. Click here for a meeting summary and a copy of the presentation.


Comments and Questions?

Please contact Village Administrator Drew Irvin.