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The aptly named Lake Bluff area borders Lake Michigan from a bluff top perch. Leafy and historic, this shore side village an hour north of Chicago cherishes its small-town ambience. Originally founded as a Methodist camp in the 1870s, Lake Bluff was modeled after Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard and Chautauqua in New York as a place for religious contemplation as well as cultural education, social affairs, and recreation. Later, Chicago families found it a convenient waterside retreat from the city heat.