Incorporated in 1887, the City of Highwood is the highest spot between Milwaukee and Chicago. It is also well known as one of the best places to go for great food on the North Shore. Many of Highwood's homes were beautifully constructed by talented Italian stone and brick masons who settled in the area. Today, residents of many heritages enrich the community through their cultural traditions.
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.
Highwood is the North Shore's destination for festivals, food & family fun! The beautiful Everts Park, in the heart of downtown Highwood, hosts many of Highwood's festivals including the weekly Evening Market, Garlic Fest, Bloody Mary Fest & more! The city is a small, family-oriented town that draws people from of all the surrounding suburbs to dine, drink, shop and be entertained. Highwood is on the Metra line, offers wonderful restaurants and bars, bike trails and parks (some right on Lake Michigan), great Highland Park schools, and a long tradition of community spirit.
Celebrate Highwood is a collaboration between the City of Highwood, Highwood Chamber of Commerce and the Highwood Historical Society. It is the mission of the Celebrate Highwood Committee to provide a platform for the City of Highwood, the Highwood Chamber of Commerce and the Highwood Historical Society to develop events that cater to the wants and needs of the citizens, commerce and visitors of Highwood.
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.