This affluent village is big and beautiful. There are 600 acres of parkland, much of which is right alongside Lake Michigan. You can find any number of outdoor activities in which to participate, such as tennis, racquet ball, gymnastics and more. Downtown Highland Park offers clothing boutiques, restaurants (such as the famous Walker Bros. Original Pancake House), convenience stores, and a 10-screen movie theater.
Heart of the Neighborhood
Highland Park is best known for Ravina Festival, the annual concert. This fun, laid-back outdoor music fesitval takes place in Ravinia Park each summer. The lovely outdoor venue serves as the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Every year the Ravinia Festival serves up a wide and varied entertainment schedule that draws picnic-loving concertgoers from all over the Chicagoland area.
What We Love Most
You may not know it, but you're probably already familiar with Highland Park. Highland Park has been the background setting for well-known films such as "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Sixteen Candles," "Uncle Buck," "Home Alone," "Risky Business," and "Kicking & Screaming." Also, Chicago legend Michael Jordan built his giant, nine-bedroom, 15-bathroom mansion on nearly eight acres of land in Highland Park.
Best Way to Get Around
The best way to travel around Highland Park is by car. Highland Park is about 27 miles north of downtown Chicago. You can go to and from the city by driving on the I-94 expressway. Want to ditch your car? Hop on the Metra's Union Pacific North line and go straight to the Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago.
Highland Park is an affluent village 23 miles north of downtown Chicago. Drive north through Glencoe or Northbrook, cross Lake-Cook Road (which separates Lake and Cook counties), and you’re there.
The schools are top-of-the-line, and rental properties generally consist of spacious single-family homes with abundant yards, as well as fewer offerings of multifamily housing.
The village contains about 600 acres of parkland, including three parks along Lake Michigan with easy access to the beach. The park district maintains an ice rink, an 18-hole golf course (among many private courses in the vicinity), indoor and outdoor tennis courts, racquetball courts, a nature center, an aqua park (kids flock from all over the north shore to enjoy the water slides), a gymnastics studio, and an array of other recreational facilities.
The village has its own “downtown,” with an array of clothing boutiques, family restaurants (Walker Bros. Original Pancake House and Michael’s Chicago Style Red Hots are local legends), doctors’ offices, convenience outlets, and a ten-screen cineplex. There’s also a massive public library, an art center, a theater, and the Highland Park Hospital. As an added bonus, the village is also home to Ravinia Festival, an outdoor park and music venue that serves as the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Every year the Ravinia Festival serves up an eclectic entertainment schedule that draws picnic-loving concertgoers from all over the Chicagoland area.
Commuters generally rely on the Metra trains which run to and from Highland Park upwards of 25 times a day, from the wee early morning until late at night; the ride generally consumes about 50 minutes. By car, the village can be reached by heading north on the Edens Expressway and continuing on Skokie Highway or, for the leisurely and scenic-minded, meandering along Green Bay Road through the north shore suburbs.
Trivia buffs may know that Michael Jordan’s palatial 25,000 square-foot mansion can be found in Highland Park at 2700 Point Lane. A great many movies have also been filmed in the village, including "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Weird Science," "Sixteen Candles," "Uncle Buck," "Home Alone," "Ordinary People," "Risky Business," and "Kicking & Screaming."