General Information About Highland Park

Highland Park is a suburban municipality in Lake County, Illinois, United States, about 23 miles (37 km) north of downtown Chicago. As of the 2010 TrainStation_Spring2census, the population was 29,763. Highland Park is one of several municipalities located on the North Shore of the Chicago Metropolitan Area. It 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.

The vibrant downtown Highland Park district contains an upscale outdoor shopping destination filled with unique boutiques, jewelry stores, home decor shops, amazing restaurants, and businesses catering to beauty and personal care. It is home to many professional services businesses accountants, attorneys, doctors, dentists and architects. The Central Business District is also steps away from Highland Park Hospital, City Hall, the Highland Park Library, the Highland Park Art Center and the North Shore Yacht Club. Downtown Highland Park is also fortunate to serve as the City’s growing multifamily residential area.

RaviniaFrontGateDowntown Highland Park defines the City, providing a shared sense of community for all Highland Park residents. We are less than one mile from the Park Avenue Beach on Lake Michigan and designated as a Tree City USA destination. Downtown Highland Park is easily accessible via the Metra North line.

The Central Business District is approximately 106 acres, home to about 450 businesses, and has a daytime population of close to 9,000. Within a 1.5 mile radius of the downtown the consumer population is 22,155, within a 4 mile radius it increases to 71,084, within a 7.5 mile radius it increases to 216,737, and within a 10 mile radius the consumer population increases to 519,900.