Lake Bluff Travel Guide

  • Gazebo in Park in Downtown Lake Bluff
    Gazebo in Park in Downtown Lake Bluff
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  • Our First Home [1/2 of it] in Lake Bluff
    Our First Home [1/2 of it] in Lake Bluff
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  • Names From World War II, Korean and Vietnam Wars
    Names From World War II, Korean and...
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Lake Bluff Things to Do

  • Lake Bluff War Memorial

    Ironically, the whole time that I lived in Lake Bluff, I cannot remember even noticing the War Memorial.However, in September of 2007 when I spent the day in Lake Bluff checking out the architecture, the history, the restaurants, the beach, and the shops, I suddenly notice how quaint and bittersweet the Lake Bluff War Memorial really is.It's...

  • The Lake Bluff Gazebo

    The Lake Bluff Gazebo is located on the "Village Green". It is not very large, but it is very charming.It seems to be a focal point in the delightful small downtown. It has become the setting for many community activities.I saw it once around Christmas and smiled at its simple beauty. It, of course, was decorated and added so much ambience to the...

  • Sunrise Park and Beach

    What I've always loved about Lake Bluff is its proximity to Lake Michigan. It's such a beautiful little town perched atop a bluff that overlooks the lake.Sunrise Park is atop the bluff, and the beach is nestled at the base of the bluff and is a serene spot to go during the summer. I took these photographs of the park and beach on September 18,...


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Lake Bluff Restaurants

  • All Homemade at

    I saw the lovely umbrellas outside a nice working building on Scranton Avenue, so I went in to investigate. This was a cafe called Bluffington's Cafe, and it's located in the historic center of Lake Bluff. It's convenient for those people on their way to the train staition. They offer breakfast sandwichs, coffee and lattes.Inside, I noticed the...

  • Much Needed in Lake Bluff

    Finally, Lake Bluff has a full-service restaurant right in the middle of history downtown! When we lived in Lake Bluff, we loved everything about the village except the fact that it needed a good extensive restaurant.Holly's American Bistro was named for the owner's [who is also the chef] wife. Owner, Michael Wales, took on a huge task by opening...

  • Excellent Pizza in Lake Bluff

    The Silo has been on the North Shore for almost 40 years. I remember going there to have delicious deep dish Pan Pizza in the late 1960's!The Silo seats people on two different levels and has a huge bar on one side. It is very rustic with all the wood inside. It was built in 1968 by Gene Bergmark and Karl Skogland. In 1988 the Pikes and the Tarmans...


Lake Bluff Transportation

  • Convenient Means of Transportation

    In 1904 an all-brick railroad station was erected in Lake Bluff. At this time, the area was called Rockland. This was the only stop between Waukegan and Highland Park at that time.Today, the Metra train [the Union Pacific North Line runs through and stops at the Lake Bluff Depot. That line runs from Kenosha, Wisconsin to the Ogilvie Station in...

  • Blue Star Memorial Highway

    While perusing Lake Bluff, I decided to check out the railroad depot, and in front of the station, I noticed a sign [see photo #1] about Blue Star Memorial Highway. This highway is SHERIDAN ROAD, and it leads toward the Naval Base in North Chicago.Blue Star Memorial Highways were started after World War II to pay tribute to the nation's armed...

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Lake Bluff Shopping

  • Custom Stationary and Accessories

    Photographs:1. Outside of the building that houses Peachy2. Window of Peachy3. Business Card for PeachyAnother shop which attracted my attention when I was walking around the historic downtown section of %Lake Bluff is called Peachy. Speaking of unique! This store is something I have never seen before. It advertises itself as a store for custom...

  • An Old Tradition

    Note: The Grinder which is a meat and seafood market is in the back at the side of the "Village Market", and my friend from Lake Bluff raves about it. {See second photo].Since 1888, it's been a tradition in Lake Bluff to visit the "Village Market". Only six people have owned this store at this same location for these 119 years!Adolph Rosenthal...

  • Unique Handmade Jewelry & Gifts

    As I was walking down Scranton Avenue in Lake Bluff, I noticed some merchandise out on the sidewalk [a sidewalk sale so to speak] in front of a shop called Peg Ann Kompany. This shop was certainly not there when I lived in Lake Bluff. Instead, the fascinating and wonderful White's Variety Store [kind of a Dime Store]Note the third photograph which...


Lake Bluff Local Customs

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    by deecat Written Sep 22, 2007

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    Lake Bluff is not just a sleepy little "hamlet". It has an interesting history and unique qualities.

    I learned in the museum about some of the products that have been or are still made in Lake Bluff:

    a. Embosography Display Manufacturing Company (they make illuminated signs).

    b. Cloes Brickyard [make bricks]

    c. Lindberg Hobbies [ made Model Kits]

    d. Piano Roll Center [made music rolls for player pianos]

    e. Plan a Room Company

    f. Lake Bluff Honey

    g. Berg Corporation [made picnic utensils]

    h. Bradley & Metcalf Company [Made boots and shoes} (See Photo #1)

    A few films have been filed in Lake Bluff. "A Wedding" was filmed in Lake Bluff near the border and the Great Lakes Naval Facility; some scenes from "Ordinary People" were filmed here.
    I met Robert Redford when he was filming her [no joke].

    Between 1875 and 1899 a Lake Bluff Camp Meeting Association was established. Many Methodist & other evangelists used it as a summer camp. The temperance movement was "accelerated by the Camp meeting venue". At its peak, this summer community included a 3,000 seat tabernacle, several large wooden hotels, and a special railroad depot to shuttle people to the camp grounds.

    But most interesting for me personally is the Architecture of this village. It has such variety:
    Queen Anne, Cottage, Italianate, Prairie Style, Tudor Revival, T-Form, and Colonial Revival, to mention a few.

    Around every corner, you learn something more about Lake Bluff, Illinois

    Bradley & Metcalf Boot & Shoe Company Trunk Interesting Architecture From the Vliet Museum Exhibit of LB Architecture Beautiful use of Wrought Iron in LB Cottage Architecture
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    • Historical Travel
    • Road Trip
    • Architecture

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  • Lake Bluff Children's Home

    Another reason that Lake Bluff is important to me and Allan is that we adopted our daughter Jill in 1969 from the Lake Bluff Children's Home. This facility permanently closed in 1969; Jill was one of, if not the last child, who was adopted from Lake Bluff Children's Home!The Lake Bluff Orphanage was founded in 1895. It was originally called The...

  • Our History in Lake Bluff

    Lake Bluff holds a very important spot in my heart. First of all, Allan's first job the year we were married [1963] was at the Junior High School in Lake Bluff, Illinois. Then in 1973, we moved to Lake Bluff and rented an historic Duplex on Ravine Avenue. It was the Gardener's Quarters of one of the Field Estates [as in the Marshall Field Retail...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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