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Lake Bluff, Illinois

Located some thirty miles north of downtown Chicago, Lake Bluff is the farthest suburb among the nine on the North Shore. So named for the distinctive and beautiful natural bluffs surrounding the village, Lake Bluff is a secluded community set within a wooded backdrop.

Because of the extensive natural woodland encompassing the village, officials have sought to preserve the forested areas and have designed the more recent subdivisions such as Tangley Oaks and Armour Woods to complement, not conquer the existing trees and waterways. The largest older subdivision called the Terrace contributed to the biggest residential increase in the village during the 1970s, with the current population of Lake Bluff leveling off around 6,000.

There are many historic homes in Lake Bluff, and the village leaders formed a Historic Preservation Commission to aid in the protection of residential landmarks and architectural works of art. The majority of the village is residential but it has a downtown retail section as well as a commercial district and shopping center on the southwest fringe of the village. If you're looking for Lake Bluff real estate, check out our easy-to-use and free North Shore Chicago Homes for Sale search.

Lake Bluff also has several fantastic restaurants and cafes. Bluffington's Cafe on East Scranton Avenue serves a quick, tasty meal to customers on the go. The Colonial Delicatessen on South Waukegan Road satisfies all of your sandwich needs. Donelli's Pub and Eatery Inc.on Rockland Avenue offers affordable, savory food.

Holly's American Bistro on East Center Avenue cooks up traditional home-style meals. Rita's on Rockland Road is another established favorite and Hunan North Chinese Restaurant on South Waukegan Road of course serves Chinese. Scooter's is on North Waukegan and specializes in all kinds of sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs.

Lake Bluff has a full schedule of spring and summer events, some coordinated with neighboring Lake Forest.

The Bluffinia Concert series runs all summer with shows scheduled for 6:00PM to 7:30PM on each date listed. The concerts play on the Village Green except for the one on the 4th of July, and listeners are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for comfortable seating.

From fireworks to dog parades, art festivals to outdoor music concerts, Lake Bluff promises a summer you'll never forget. All you have to do is show up. It’s all there waiting for you.