It’s All There at the Square!
Just 18 miles from Chicago O’Hare Airport and adjacent to Chicago’s major expressways and the Illinois tollway, Highland Park is a premier destination for outdoor recreation, theatre, music, art festivals and a one-of-a-kind shopping, dining and entertainment experience.
Highland Park was founded in 1869 with a population of 500, and evolved from two settlements: St. John and Port Clinton. The town also annexed the village of Ravinia in 1899. 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. Concert-goers can purchase seats in the covered pavilion or tickets to sit on the lawn. Many visitors arrive early and picnic on the lawn before and during the concerts. The Ravinia Festival is located in the Ravinia District, originally an artists’ colony which still retains much of its early character and architecture.
The Central Business District has specialty shops, boutiques and national stores that offer personal service and a unique selection of merchandise. In addition, shoppers have access to eight other diverse business districts. Each offers special opportunities for both retail and service businesses: Crossroads, Briergate, North Skokie Highway Corridor, Ravinia Business District, Braeside, Garrity Square, Old Elm and Moraine North Business District. Highland Park is home to many upscale restaurants, financial institutions and fine art venues.
For information about tourism, visit the city’s website: City of Highland Park
For business information, visit the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce