Lake Bluff

Lake Bluff

Lake Bluff is a small yet captivating village located on the North Shore of Lake Michigan.

Welcome to Lake Bluff

Quaint, peaceful community with heart nestled on the North Shore.
Characterized by serene parks, lakes, and stunning homes, Lake Bluff is a small yet captivating village located on the North Shore of Lake Michigan. The area has blossomed from what was once just a school, stagecoach stop, and tavern in 1837 to a spirited residential community with social, cultural, educational, and recreational programs current day. It gets its name from its beautiful lakefront location, with gorgeous local beaches and ravines at which to play and relax. From the local farmers market to the charming library, there’s always somewhere lovely to visit in Lake Bluff

What to Love

  • Large, beautiful homes
  • Quaint and charming community
  • Proximity to the lake
  • Multiple parks and natural setting

People & Lifestyle

Just 30 miles outside of Chicago, Lake Bluff is the perfect alternative to a busy city while still having quick access to the excitement and buzz nearby. It is peaceful, making it an incredible place to retire or live a quiet life with family. The residents of Lake Bluff love supporting neighbors or small local businesses within the village. It’s perfect for those who enjoy getting outside to hike, bike, or exercise and like to take advantage of open green spaces for fresh air. Just a pleasant drive away from the city with lots of small events and things to do in town, this radiant neighborhood provides a delightful atmosphere for its residents.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Local businesses are a lifeline in Lake Bluff and are well-loved by the community. Bluffington’s Cafe, which has been around for 23 years, is a family-run, charismatic local corner spot that offers hot cups of morning coffee, yummy sandwiches, and fresh salads. For another hearty cup of joe by day and a romantic wine experience by night, visit Prairie Espresso & Wine Bar, run by a local couple that had a vision to serve its community. Inovasi is a special eatery that makes all of its cuisines by hand and from scratch, using only the freshest ingredients. The innovative, modern American bistro and bar blends casual and upscale, serving its amazing eats in a chic dining room and atop a seasonal rooftop garden. Another neighborhood shop is Twigs, a boutique flower store owned by a mother-daughter duo and located in the heart of the village.

Things to Do

There’s always something to look forward to here. Every year in Lake Bluff, there’s a 4th of July Parade with amazing performances and fun floats for the village to cheer on. Lake Bluff Criterium brings professional bicycle racing to Lake Bluff with an annual block party, stunt show, and — of course — a race. There are also frequent events that keep the town buzzing with fun things to do. The Farmers Market takes place every week in the Train Station, offering homemade goodies, locally-grown produce, and fresh meats. Artist on the Bluff promotes the appreciation of art with events featuring everything from large murals and small treasures to sculpture to fine art photography.


Lake Bluff has several highly-rated public and private schools, including:

  • Lake Bluff Elementary School, Public, K-5
  • Lake Bluff Middle School, Public, 6-8 
  • Lake Forest High School, Public, 9-12
  • Forest Bluff School, Private, PK-8
  • Oakwood School, Private, PK-12
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