Welcome to Highland Park
An idyllic place to live, work, and play
Situated in the heart of the North Shore, the city of Highland Park is nestled along Lake Michigan for nearly five miles. The town is made up of family-friendly communities, nine distinctive business districts, close access to nature, and an award-winning beach. The origins of Highland Park can be traced back to the 1860s, and the community has grown to encompass a population of nearly 30,000 residents.
One of the perks of living in Highland Park is its excellent public transportation. Metra train stations and Pace bus stops located throughout the city provide an easy way for residents to get around.
What to Love
- Vibrant downtown district with a plethora of shopping, dining, and retail options
- A wide array of community events and festivals throughout the year
- Public access to Lake Michigan beaches
- Convenient access to all means of transportation
The services and amenities available in Highland Park far exceed the needs of multi-generation families, creating a community full of spirit and charm. Residents from all walks of life have made their home here, ranging from retirees to families to commuters to nature enthusiasts. Highland Park is a community that is driven by a collective desire to work together for the betterment of the town, a place where new ideas and approaches are embraced.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Highland Park is home to over 900 businesses, including a diverse array of retailers, restaurants, and shopping options. Pick up a gift for your special someone at Razny Jewelers
, a family-owned and operated source for loose diamonds, bespoke jewelry, and Swiss timepieces. Book a table at Bella Via Restaurant
, a neighborhood staple that is renowned for its authentic Italian fare. To complement your meal, take a look at the exclusive wine list with wine from various regions of Italy and Sicily. For a casual dining experience, head over to Bluegrass
. A local favorite, Bluegrass specializes in American cuisine with southern flair, as well as an extensive wine and beer list. Between the attentive staff, cozy ambiance, and delicious food, this restaurant is a true destination dining experience.
For a fun evening out, catch a film at Landmark Theaters Renaissance Place
. Since its founding in 1974, Landmark showcases a wide variety of films spanning from independent and foreign films to popular Hollywood films. Moviegoers can enjoy numerous amenities and a selection of locally-sourced gourmet concession stands.
Things to Do
Whether you’re a local, new to town, or just passing through, you can find something for you in Highland Park. Stock up on fresh produce and baked goods at the Ravinia Farmers Market
, which focuses on quality, sustainable products. Taking place every Wednesday, the farmers market offers a variety of vendors with fresh produce, meats, baked goods, flowers, and more.
At the southern end of the city, Ravinia Festival
is Highland Park’s world-class summer venue for the performing arts. Located on more than 36 acres of beautifully landscaped and wooded land, the festival has appealed to lovers of music and dance since its first opening in 1899.
Spend some time in nature at Rosewood Beach
, a nationally recognized, award-winning beach that features a guarded swimming area and recreation beach. Nestled against Rosewood’s wooded bluffs, the beach is a beloved venue for ecological and nature programs. Sunset Woods Park
is another great opportunity to connect with nature, spanning over 38 acres of wooded land. Guests can enjoy a sports field, skatepark, ice rink, and elaborate playgrounds. Embark on a memorable adventure at North Shore Yacht Club
, a staple of the community since 1935.
Highland Park is served by the North Shore School District and is proud to offer top-notch educational institutions to its students, including:
- Indian Trail Elementary, K-5
- Wayne Thomas Elementary, K-5
- Northwood Junior High School, 6-8
- Edgewood Middle School, 6-8