Lake Bluff Stories

Explore Our Quirky Past!

Sunrise Park is lovely place to take a walk or watch the waves and clouds flit by, but it hasn’t always been called by that name and for a time it almost wasn’t a park at all.

For over 100 years, volunteers worked to preserve, restore and protect Lake Bluff’s natural beauty in its parks and ravines. They’re still at it.

Why is there no clock in the Village Hall tower?

Who pitched the idea for the Lake Bluff Sledding Hill?

Which is scarier: Being hunted by wolves or a stalked by a panther?

How many Major League Baseball players have called Lake Bluff home?

Who were Ben & Ida Cloes and why should Lake Bluff care?

611 Walnut: What’s that knobby concrete building on Walnut Avenue for, anyway?

1918: World War 1, Spanish Flu, a blizzard … and the Harris Bridge, which is now the Moffett Bridge. Do you know why?

Remains of a historic chimney on the bluff at Neil & Mary Dahlmann’s lakefront home could tumble into Lake Michigan any day now. Read about the Stearns Chimney here.

Did you know that the go-to place in the earliest days of Lake Bluff was an Irish pub? Click on the following to learn more about the Dwyer Settlement.

Everyone who has ever lived here has their favorite place to eat a meal, have a drink and.or meet with friends. McCormick’s Restaurant & Lounge was one of the best.

Need some cheering up? The Pug Float in the 4th of July Parade  is just what the doctor ordered.

Did you know there were some 30 hotels and boarding houses in Lake Bluff during the summer resort era? Who wouldn’t want to summer here? This story has lots of great info: Lake Bluff hotels during the Methodist Camp Meeting Association era of the 1870s to early 1900s.

Lake Bluff History Museum hosts a Trinkets & Treasures sale every few years. Sometimes the treasures are not only beautiful — but they come with a provenance all their own. Lead Garden Sculpture by significant 18th century artist was one such find.

The Lake Bluff Turkey charmed everyone in Lake Bluff in 2010 — except for the police.

Margaret Hawkins Rockwell was a fixture to generations of Lake Bluff school children. You know what else was really cool? Her iconic Wash Tub.