Highland Park

A sophisticated urban community along the lake

Welcome to Highland Park

 

About 25 miles north of Chicago lies the vibrant city of Highland Park. The town is bordered on the east by five miles of the Lake Michigan coastline. Gardens, parks, and green spaces are sprinkled throughout, adding more beauty. 

 

Highland Park has a bustling downtown that attracts those that live in the city and people from neighboring towns. In addition to shops and restaurants, downtown has businesses such as accountants, attorneys, and doctors’ offices. It even has stylish condominiums for those that like to live near the action. There are also luxurious lakefront homes less than a mile away from downtown. Just about everything necessary for daily life can be found in this city.

 

Highland Park has been around for over 150 years. It has historic homes like Colonials dating back to the mid-1800s and Victorian houses, French chateaus, and modern contemporary styles. The Willits House is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s first mature Prairie House designs, and it can be found right in Highland Park. 

 

Other distinguished architects, both past and present, have also put their stamp on the area. They have provided a wonderful mix of old and new which has only enhanced the look and feel of living here. 

 

What to Love

 

  • Urban-suburban feel
  • Lots of activities
  • Easy commute

 

Local Lifestyle

 

Highland Park has both an urban and suburban vibe. The vibrant downtown has all one would expect to find in a city, while the charming neighborhoods lend to a small-town feel. Some like city life and find posh condominiums downtown. They can walk or bike to shops and still commute to Chicago or other towns nearby while enjoying the lifestyle of Highland Park. The PACE bus and Metra station make commuting a viable option for those that do not want to drive. 

 

Others appreciate the excellent school system and activities for children. They also like the large houses with big yards found in many neighborhoods. The area is prized so much that instead of selling their homes, many residents hand them down from one generation to the next.

 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

 

Highland Park has many upscale restaurants and shops. The stylish Abigail’s American Bistro has a city vibe and delicious seasonal dishes made with fresh, local ingredients. Michael’s Grill & Salad Bar is just the place if you want something more casual. It has burgers, salads, wraps, and more. Walker Brothers Original Pancake House serves a great breakfast and is a staple in the area. Most locals have been there at least once. 

 

Goodies Etc. is just down the street from Walker Brothers. It is one of many shops in the area. Goodies is a confectionary dream with scrumptious treats and lovely gift baskets for special occasions. Ross has been in the area for over 50 years. It is a salon and a boutique that carries apparel, cosmetics, and hair supplies. 

 

Things to Do

 

There is always something to do in Highland Park. The Highland Park Art Festival is an excellent time for all. Streets are closed, so locals and visitors can stroll and view the work of over 200 artisans. Port Clinton Square also hosts special events. It is a great space with shops, restaurants, offices, and indoor parking. 

 

People come from all over to go to Ravinia in the summer. It is concert central with indoor and outdoor venues. The Ravinia Festival has numerous big-name acts, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 

 

Highland Park has several beachfront parks for residents to enjoy. Moraine Park has delightful outdoor sculptures, walking trails, and an area of beach reserved for dogs. Rosewood Beach is the only local beach that allows swimming. It has a lovely boardwalk and a park area for kids to play.

 

If golf is your game, Highland Park will not disappoint. Sunset Valley Golf Club has been around for over 100 years. The challenging course has gorgeous views and provides fun for golfers of every level. 

 

Schools

 

North Shore School District 112 and Township High School District 113 are the public school districts that serve the Highland Park area. Several area schools are shown below. In 2022, Deerfield High School was cited as a National Blue Ribbon School.

 

Overview for Highland Park, IL

30,245 people live in Highland Park, where the median age is 48.4 and the average individual income is $93,309. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

30,245

Total Population

48.4 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$93,309

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Highland Park, IL

Highland Park has 12,079 households, with an average household size of 2.48. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Highland Park do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 30,245 people call Highland Park home. The population density is 2,470.57 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

30,245

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

48.4

Median Age

49 / 51%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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75+ Years

Education Level

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  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
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12,079

Total Households

2.48

Average Household Size

$93,309

Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Highland Park, IL

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The following schools are within or nearby Highland Park. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Highland Park Montessori
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PUBLIC
2nd - 7th
No rating available
Sherwood Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Northwood Junior High School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Edgewood Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PRIVATE
6th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
2nd - 12th
No rating available
Indian Trail Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Wayne Thomas Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Red Oak Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Highland Park High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Montessori Connection West
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Ravinia Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Braeside Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5

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