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Overview

Introduction to Lake Bluff, Illinois

Lake Bluff, Illinois, in Lake county, is 5 miles S of Waukegan, Illinois and 30 miles N of Chicago, Illinois.

Lake Bluff History

John and Catherine Cloes claimed 100 acres of land in Northern Illinois in the mid 1800s, on what would eventually became Lake Bluff. In 1875, the Lake Bluff Camp Meeting Association named the town Lake Bluff because it is situated on a bluff above Lake Michigan. Lake Bluff was incorporated as a village in 1895.

Lake Bluff and nearby Attractions

  • Arlington Heights Historical Museum
  • Charles Gates Dawes House
  • Chain O'Lakes State Park
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Leaning Tower of Niles

Things To Do In Lake Bluff

Local museums and historical sites include the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, the Cuneo Museum and Gardens, the Charles Gates Dawes House, the Deerfield Historic Village, the Frances Willard House and the Ward W. Willits House, among others. Local parks include the Chain O'Lakes State Park, the Illinois Beach State Park and the Volo Bog State Natural Area. Th Chicago Botanic Gardens, the Leaning Tower of Niles, the Friendship Park Conservatory and the Merrick Rose Garden are all accessible from Lake Bluff as well.

Lake Bluff Transportation

Chicago O'Hare International Airport is nearby.

Lake Bluff Higher Education

Nearby colleges include the Lake Forest College, the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and Shimer College.

People

Total Population 5,813
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 17.3%
Employed Population 16+ 2,490
Age of the Population 46

Families

% of people married 65.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 76.8%
Median Earnings25+ $77,128
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $55,893

Wealth

Median Family Income $161,295
% Above Poverty Level 95.9%
% Below Poverty Level 4.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 10.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 12.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 15.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,764
Median House Value $598,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15%
US/American 0.7%
English 16.7%
Irish 18%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lake Bluff Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles S of Waukegan, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 30 miles N of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 60044
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.278
Longitude -87.834

Lake Bluff Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station WAUKEGAN
Distance 5.5 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 55 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 34 inches
Station LAKE VILLA 2 NE
Distance 16 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches
Station RACINE
Distance 29.2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 51 F
Jul Temp 64 to 79 F
Oct Temp 44 to 59 F
Annual Precip 35.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Lake Bluff, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Knollwood (60044)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Green Oaks 3,850 $170,357

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lake Bluff Public Libraries

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Lake Bluff P.l.
123 E. SCRANTON AVE.
Lake Bluff, Illinois
(847) 234-2540

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