Highland Park

Highland Park, located in Lake County, is about 26 miles north of downtown Chicago.  It was founded in 1869 with a population of 500, and evolved from two settlements: St. John and Port Clinton. Highland Park was named from its parklike setting at a lofty elevation relative to the lake.  It now has a population of nearly 30,000.

Highland Park has several attractions including a vibrant downtown shopping district and the Ravinia Festival. Ravinia Festival is an open-air pavilion seating 3,200, which hosts classical, pop and jazz concerts in the summer. It has been the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1936.

Highland Park is home to a number of architectural landmarks.  The Willits House by Frank Lloyd Wright is located in Highland Park, as is the work of architects John S. Van BergenHoward Van Doren Shaw, Robert E. Seyfarth, and David Adler.

There are two public beaches in Highland Park, Rosewood Beach and Park Avenue Beach (which also has a boating facility). Highland Park is also home to the North Shore Yacht Club.

Michael Jordan once called Highland Park home and John Hughes used many locations throughout town in some of his famous movies including Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Weird Science, Sixteen Candles, Uncle Buck and Home Alone.

Highland Park has two separate school districts which include an early childhood center, eight elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools.

If Highland Park sounds like the perfect community for you and your family, check our listings for what we have available in the area.

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