Hugging Lake Michigan for nearly five miles, the City of Highland Park is home for more than 30,000 residents and 850 businesses. This progressive community offers many natural amenities including ravines, lake shore and an abundance of wildflowers and trees! Highland Park's neighborhoods are filled with a mix of housing styles ranging from historic colonials to award-winning contemporary homes to comfortable downtown condos.
The City of Highland Park is located 23 miles north of Chicago's Loop. Neighboring communities include Highwood and Lake Forest to the north, Glencoe and Winnetka to the south.
The Park District of Highland Park operates and manages over 650 acres of land in 44 park areas. Approximately 3,000 recreation and seasonal programs are offered. Facilities include an indoor ice arena, tennis and racquetball complex, two rec centers, nature center, 18-hole golf course, driving range, adventure golf, aquapark, indoor pool, beaches, boat launch ramp and yacht club on Lake Michigan.
Ravinia Festival, the world-class summer venue of performing arts, lies on more than 36 acres of beautifully wooded and landscaped land at the southern end of the city. The festival has attracted lovers of music and dance since 1899. Its 87-night season runs from early May until late September.
LATE NITE HP encourages downtown Highland Park restaurants and other businesses to stay open until 11:00 on Friday and Saturday nights, creating an appealing environment for dining, shopping and socializing later in the evening.
Enjoy a stroll through the Chicago Botanic Garden in neighboring Glencoe. This is a place of ever-changing beauty with 24 spectacular gardens on 385 acres uniquely situated on nine islands surrounded by lakes.
Retail business districts are conveniently located throughout the city. You'll find national retailers, specialty shops & boutiques, a wide variety of services, and plenty of fabulous places to grab a quick bite or enjoy a gourmet meal.
The first school to open in Highland Park was Elm Place School - in 1869! Today, 140 years later, more than 4,400 Highland Park elementary and middle schoolers attend the 11 distinguished schools in North Shore School District 112. High school kids attend either Highland Park High School or Deerfield High School, both operated by Township High School District 113.