The Highland Park Police Department promises to be ‘There for You’ in new video

The Highland Park Police Department showed their fun side with a lip synch video set to the theme song of the TV show, “Friends.” The opening scene features various locations of our city, including a local business in downtown Highland Park. The opening scene was filmed at Coffee Speaks, set as “Highland Perk.” The video also went viral on our Facebook page over the weekend, and the community definitely agrees that HPPD rocks!

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The Time is Now to Support HP150

December 7, 2018 | Humans of Highland Park Blog | The Time is Now to Support HP150

The City of Highland Park will celebrate its sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) in 2019 with highly visible special events, concerts, City tours and more. Plans are underway for a wide variety of festivities which will bring the community together to celebrate the community and its wonderful history. There are a number of ways to get involved with the celebration and make 2019 a year to remember.

Get Involved 

  • Be a Sponsor
  • Buy a Personalized Brick
  • Tell Us Your Story – have an interesting story involving Highland Park? We want to hear it!
  • Submit a Photo – email or mail to City Hall, 1707 St. Johns Ave. Highland Park, IL 60035
  • Participate in an Essay Contest or Art Contest – look for details in the Highland Park Landmark coming soon.

The Sesquicentennial provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the rich history of the City and bring the community together to move towards a future that celebrates our vibrant city and the people who continue to make it an outstanding place to live, work and play.

Sponsor Brochure

Brick Order Form

For more information, visit

 HP150 Calendar of Events
*Subject to change

Event Date
MLK Day of Service -150 service projects campaign January
Highland Park History Awards March
Time Capsule – Opening Old Time Capsule March 11
“Map” of Highland Park March
Focus on the Arts April 9 – 12
Mexico’s Day of the Child, el Dia del Niño April 30
Bus/ Bike Tours (Hollywood in HP, Historic Homes, Art in HP) April, May, June
Lawn Signs for Historic Homes August – October
Pieces of History Puzzle Signs – 150 signs for 150 years June
Bitter Jester Music Festival June – July
Commemorative Book July
Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks July 4
Big Bash July 4
Port Clinton Art Festival / Taste of Highland Park August
Stupey Cabin Tours September 14
Open Doors Highland Park September 28
Holiday Lighting November 16
Time Capsule Dedication December 2019
Post- 2019 Display of Service Projects 2019-2020

Local Spotlight: December Exhibition at First Bank of Highland Park

December 5, 2018 | Humans of Highland Park Blog | Local Spotlight: December Exhibition at First Bank of Highland Park

If only “hope” could be gift-wrapped, it would be the perfect holiday gift. Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago has found a creative way to give the gift of hope through their After Supper Visions photography program which serves hungry and homeless individuals. At their Tuesday Night Supper program, guests are offered disposable cameras and photography lessons which have enabled participants to create, connect, and communicate through art. On display throughout December at First Bank of Highland Park are photographs of “hope” from these artists. Every June, an exhibition is held in which the artists receive compensation from the sales.

Since its inception in 1917, Catholic Charities has helped ease financial and emotional stress for the less fortunate with programs which cover human needs from “cradle to grave,” without regard to religious, ethnic or economic background. As one of the largest private, non-profit social service agencies in the Midwest, they annually assist more than one million people and provide 174 programs at 164 Catholic Charities locations across Cook and Lake Counties.

Join their efforts by dropping off nonperishable food items at the bank for the Catholic Charities Emergency Food Pantry in Waukegan. Collections are also being requested for new socks and undergarments for men and women, as well as diapers for infants and toddlers.