Dogs on the Bluff Unleashed!

Lake Bluff’s first-ever Dogs on the Bluff public art display launched July 15, infusing creativity, love and joy throughout the village.

The art installation includes some 70 creatively painted fiberglass dogs, puppies and fire hydrants in uptown Lake Bluff’s shopping district, on the village green, in Sunrise Park, in front of businesses in Lake Bluff’s industrial center, and outside of the LB Rec Center. It was planned by the Lake Bluff 125 Committee to celebrate the village’s 125th anniversary in 2020.

It also celebrates hope, creativity, joy, love … and life in Lake Bluff.

This outdoor exhibit could not have come at a better time. The dogs were “unleashed” on July 15, nearly three months after the Illinois governor issued stay-at-home orders to stem the rise of COVID-19. Lake Bluffers and people everywhere are eager for things to explore outdoors – and do these dogs deliver.

A Dogs on the Bluff Walking Tour was added to the brand-new Lake Bluff Walking Tours app, which the Lake Bluff History Museum launched in May. The mobile app provides information on each dog, puppy and fire hydrant, including the sponsoring business, organization or individual behind its creation. You may download the app – FOR FREE!! – on Google Play and the Apple App Store. The Lake Bluff Walking Tours is sponsored by Abbott in honor of the village’s 125th anniversary.


Thanks to the Lake Bluff Library, there’s even an instructional video to help users download and use the Dogs on the Bluff Walking Tours app:

The Dogs on the Bluff structures are colorful masterpieces created with ingenuity and talent by local artists, community organizations, businesses, individuals and families. Each one sports a glossy coat thanks to Greg’s Auto Body, which donated time and materials to provide the final varnish.

A limited number of the pieces will be available for sale at the conclusion of the public display, with proceeds benefiting Lake Bluff History Museum. Look for details to come on that point some time in August.

Every dog, puppy and fire hydrant has a story behind it, and the museum has been sharing those stories on social media – so please “like” the Lake Bluff History Museum on Facebook and “follow us” on Instagram to learn even more about the wonderful Dogs on the Bluff. Here are a few of the dogs: