Welcome to Lake Bluff
A classic lakefront abode with bright, vibrant scenery
Located on the scenic North Shore facing out to the endless blue of Lake Michigan, Lake Bluff is a picturesque community home to one of the best-performing schools in Illinois, classically inspired architecture, rich green plats of land offering residents the utmost levels of privacy, and a conveniently located Metra line station within the heart of town. The community’s modest spirit, even-tempered aesthetic, and small-town values have served as a refuge for those needing to commute to jobs closer to central Chicago who desire a quiet slice of paradise.
The area’s first settlers claimed 100 acres of land extending from the lake westward in 1836. This spurred growth in interest in the area, leading to the sale of 25 foot lots and cottages which could be erected within 20 days of purchase for $250. Today, homes within the neighborhood are a bit more impressive. Vast estates not far from the lakefront span several thousand square feet and sit on even more impressive lots within prestigious and private communities. Meticulously maintained gardens and mature, towering trees line the streets of the crown jewel of Chicago’s North Shore.
What to Love
- Luxurious yet laid-back lakefront lifestyle
- Museums, parks, history, and small-town charm
- Convenient Metra line access to central Chicago
Locals enjoy a quiet life within the North Shore’s hidden gem. A bit more removed from the city than some other neighboring suburbs, residents can still make it downtown in a snap. A favorably located Metra within the heart of town makes transportation to and from more central parts of Chicago effortless. Just a few minutes from home, museums, parks, golfing, and beach days await. Nights out can be spent dining on all-American favorites and Chicago staples, followed by a smooth glass of vino or a locally crafted brew.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Coffee house by day and tapas bar by night, Prairies Espresso + Wine Bar offers flexibility through the day for the people of Lake Bluff. Productive mornings can be enjoyed beneath the shady trees of Scranton Alley, and lively nights are spent in the refreshing evening air of sampling locally curated small bites, an assortment of wines, and refreshing beers.
Traditional Chicago-style deep-dish pizza is the specialty of The Silo Restaurant, located within the heart of town. This casual, comfortable, longstanding local joint is situated in a vintage barn and has been serving up cheese, pepperoni, meat lovers, and even seafood pizza pies since 1968.
Tucked away within the heart of the community, Gus’ Grille aims to be the community's go-to for any occasion. Whether it’s date night or an evening out with the whole family, American favorites such as wings, steak fries, burgers, and homemade desserts are prepared and served in a cozy environment every day of the week.
Things To Do
Lake Bluff locals enjoy the classic comforts of a small-town life despite such close proximity to one of the largest cities in the nation. One of the quietest spots in town is the Lake Bluff Public Library, frequently hosting afternoon book clubs, knitting sessions, and family storytimes. And in addition to rejoicing in these forgotten favorite pastimes, residents can also step back in time by visiting the Lake Bluff History Museum. With the mission to preserve and pass on the stories of Lake Bluff’s history, some exhibits include sites from homes that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the artist colony, and “Made in Lake Bluff,” a tribute to the products handmade in town over the past 150 years. Beautiful summer days can be spent on the shores of Sunrise Park, providing endless views of Lake Michigan. Swimming, picnics, and relaxing under the sun are favorite ways to enjoy this scenic beauty.
Lake Bluff children attend some of the nation’s most prestigious schools. One widely recognized campus is:
Lake Forest High School, grades 9-12; one of the best high schools in Illinois has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Parade Magazine, and others for their high graduation rates, state testing achievements, high SAT/ACT scores, and well-educated staff