Located 23 miles North of Chicago, Highland Park is on the Northern end of Chicago’s North
Shore. Highland Park borders: Highwood, Lake Forest, and Lake Bluff. Highland Park’s neighborhoods offer the perfect mix of housing, ranging from historic colonials that date back to the mid-1800s, to awe-inspiring contemporary homes and comfortable downtown condominiums. High-end Highland Park real estate ranges from elaborate lakefront mansions to multi-million dollar contemporary estates.
More than 250 acres of prairie, woodlands, ravines and wetlands provide residents with more than just open space, they are places for wonder, learning and emerging science.
Park Avenue Beach is Highland Park’s only public boating beach. Sunfish, small sailboat storage and sail/mast storage for rack boats are also available. Park Avenue is the place for fishing, boating, enjoying a walk on the beach or enjoying the clubhouse facility.
Annually, since 1980, the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters have awarded Highland Park their highest national honor, Tree City USA.
At the Southern end of the City, on more than 36 acres of beautifully landscaped and wooded land, lies Ravinia Festival – Highland Park’s world-class Summer venue of the performing arts.
Ravinia Festival features a 3,300-seat state-of-the-art pavilion, the 850 seat Martin Theatre, the Bennett-Gordon Recital Hall, and five gourmet restaurants.
The festival has been attracting lovers of music and dance from throughout Chicagoland since 1899. More than 500,000 attendees enjoy this festival every year. It is one of the oldest outdoor music festivals in the U.S, and every summer from June to September a series of outdoor concerts, performances, and activities are available for residents and visitors alike.
Just inside the East gate, children will enjoy the Carousel Ice Cream, hand-dipped ice cream cones with of course, Ravinia’s signature cappuccino crunch.
Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute is Ravinia’s summer conservatory, bringing together each summer talented young musicians from around the world to make music together under the supervision of an internationally renowned faculty.
Downtown Highland Park has an attractive business and shopping district that includes over 25 stores, 30 restaurants, fitness club, and a Landmark Renaissance Place Cinema. Landmark’s Renaissance Place Cinema shows independent and foreign language films in five intimate, state-of-the-art auditoriums featuring wall-to-wall screens and Dolby Digital sound.
The intersection at Central & Green Bay Rd has a nice selection of restaurants including: Real Urban Barbecue, Walker Bros Original Pancake House, and Now We’re Cookin Grill.
Michael Jordan’s famous 25,000 square foot home is located in Highland Park, behind large iron gates bearing the number “23”. The Illinois Tri-State Toll-road (Interstate 94) runs through the
Western part of the Village and the Toll-road spur connecting the Tri-State Toll-road and Eden’s Expressway (four miles east) is the approximate southern boundary of the Village.
The City is accessible to one of Chicago’s major expressways, Interstate 94, with the Illinois Tollway just minutes away and O’Hare International Airport only 18 miles away.
The Highland Park School district is known for its outstanding reputation. Today there are 12 schools in the district, including eight elementary schools, three middle schools, one high school, and the Green Bay Early Childhood Program.
Over a thousand students attend Highland Park High School, which is best known for it’s successful alumni who include World War II General and Medal of Honor recipient Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV, and author William Goldman.
Those who desire a relaxing community with an attractive shopping & business district with a thriving entertainment scene will instantly fall in love with Highland Park.