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Twenty-three miles north of Chicago’s Loop, the city of Highland Park tightly hugs beautiful Lake Michigan for nearly five miles. West from the lake, the city limits stretch to Deerfield, with Glencoe to the south and Lake Bluff, Bannockburn, Highwood and Lake Forest to the north.

Highland Park, approximately 12.5 square miles in area, is a lakefront community on the North Shore with many natural amenities, including ravines, lakeshore and trees, as well as lovely homes with distinct architectural and historic character.

Highland Park is home for more than 30,000 residents, diverse in its population and abundant in its education. One of the many qualities that make Highland Park unique is its diversity. It has affordable housing initiatives and an ample supply of both single-family and multi-family residences.

At the southern end of the city, on more than 36 acres of beautifully landscaped and wooded land, lies Ravinia Festival. This world-class, year-round venue for the performing arts has been attracting music-lovers from throughout Chicagoland and around the world since 1899.  It is the summer home to the world-renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

This progressive community has more than 850 businesses that offer residents and visitors a wide variety of quality products and services tailored to meet their needs. Retail business districts are conveniently located throughout the city.

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 fine restaurants, financial institutions and car dealerships.

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. For more information on this great City, visit the City of Highland Park website at

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