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.
Enjoying a location 31 miles north of Chicago on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Lake Forest residents have easy access to the Loop, Ravinia Festival and world class golf courses.
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.
Residents are provided excellent educational opportunities through the public and private elementary and high schools, as well as Lake Forest College and the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.