Highland Park, 26 miles north of the Loop, was first settled in 1854 as the Lake Michigan Shipping Center of Port Clinton. Contributing to the community’s quality of life is the Ravinia Festival, highlighting summer performances of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and other top musical acts. The Festival also features recitals, chamber music, popular attractions and kids shows on featured Saturdays. Located along the Metra tracks, Ravinia is a convenient and favorite outing for over 500,000 Chicago area residents every summer.
The Park District of Highland Park operates and manages over 700 acres of land in 44 park areas including three off-leash dog parks and four lakefront beaches. The Recreation Center of Highland Park
Elementary school students attend North Shore School District 112 while high school students attend Highland Park & Deerfield High Township School in District 113.
U.S.41 becomes the Edens Expressway (I-94) in Highland Park. Drive time to the Loop is 50 minutes; O’Hare Airport is a 25 minute drive; while a drive to Midway takes 1 hour. Rail commuters have the options to board the Metra from Highland Park, Ravinia, Braeside and Old Elm/Fort Sheridan stations. Express trains reach the Loop in 45 minutes, locals in 56 minutes. Bus service is available.