Incorporated in 1869 with a total of 600 residents, the village of Highland Park currently has a population of 31,000. The Lake County community sits 26 miles north of downtown Chicago, and features a vibrant downtown shopping district, first-rate recreational activities and entertainment, beautiful beaches and parks, and excellent... Show all »
Incorporated in 1869 with a total of 600 residents, the village of Highland Park currently has a population of 31,000. The Lake County community sits 26 miles north of downtown Chicago, and features a vibrant downtown shopping district, first-rate recreational activities and entertainment, beautiful beaches and parks, and excellent schools. Single-family homes sell for a wide range of prices: In July, 2006, a three-bedroom, one-bath home was listed for $324,900, whereas a seven-bedroom, 4.2-bathroom residence was selling for $9 million dollars. There is a variety of housing styles in Highland Park including Victorians, Tudors, split-levels, bungalows, and ranches; there are also four Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the suburb. Thirty-two homes and sites in Highland Park are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Park District of Highland Park oversees 44 parks and other facilities including Lake Michigan beaches, an 18-hole golf course, recreation centers, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, bicycle trails, playgrounds, a garden, and the beautiful 96-acre Heller Nature Preserve. Other Park District facilities include an indoor ice arena, an indoor pool, a boat launch, and a yacht club on Lake Michigan. Residents can play a number of sports including badminton, baseball, basketball, football, indoor soccer, lacrosse, softball, and wrestling. A Highland Park institution for many years, Highland Park's Ravinia festival is the summer host to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition to classical music, the festival offers theater and dance performances and a variety of other types of music including jazz, folk, rock and Broadway tunes. Concert goers sit in reserved seating inside or bring blankets and dine outside on the expansive lawn. In their leisure time, Highland Park residents can also attend a performance of the Highland Park Pops at Port Clinton Square, pick up some seasonal fruits and vegetables at the Ravinia or Port Clinton Farmer's Market, go see a movie at one of two movie theatres in town, see a play at the Apple Tree Theatre, or check out some books, listen to a lecture, or join in on a book discussion at the Highland Park Library. « Show less
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