Perfectly bounded by the Chicago Botanic Gardens to its south and Lake Michigan to its east, a life in Highland Park is flush with beautiful landscapes and serene vantage points. An anomaly in the suburban North Shore and Chicagoland in general, Highland Park's topographical systems of deeply depressed ravines and its eastern 100ft high bluff serve as the perfect backdrops as residents drive, bike, or simply stroll around this lakeside village. Affluent and well-educated is the majority of residents, not unlike the entire northern suburbs, Highland Park's residential inventory ranges from stately lakefront mansions to more attainable, yet still elegant subdivisions throughout the town's 12 square miles. Architecturally sound, you'll find large full-brick estates, mid-century modernist homes entrenched in natural surroundings, and newly constructed abodes with all the modern day amenities. A village ripe with culture, it's the home of Ravinia Festival, the North Shore's foremost summer destination for world famous musical acts across all spectrums.
Markedly, Highland Park is the home to four public beaches which encompass nearly ten percent of the entire state's Lake Michigan shoreline. While three of the four are designated as non-swimming beaches, they offer a serenity infused natural landscape to be enjoyed nearly every day of the year. Strategically laid out, all are interconnected via a public park system elevated atop the bluffs, affording a continuous experience throughout. And if nature walks amid a Lake Michigan backdrop sound utmostly appealing but you're also in need of traditional fun in the sun, Rosewood Beach ensures that Highland Park residents can take a refreshing dip into the lake.
Quaint and lovely is downtown Highland Park. 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. Walkable and friendly, it is home to many professional services businesses beneath the gable peaked Tudor-style roofs. All conveniently located in walking distance to Highland Park Hospital, City Hall, the Highland Park Library, the Highland Park Art Center and the North Shore Yacht Club.
And not to be glanced over, the one and only Ravinia Festival calls Highland Park its home. North America's oldest music festival, this summer attraction impresses like no other. Nestled within a 36-acre park flush with luscious greenery, Ravinia's intimate 3,350-seat pavillion annually hosts residents and visitors from throughout the North Shore and beyond. Offering a robust mix of musical luminaries, it's welcomed world famous acts since opening its doors in 1904. From today's Top 50, to legends of the past, to classical musicians, almost everyone's tour bus has stopped at Ravinia over the years. Crosby, Still, & Nash, Steely Dan, Carrie Underwood, 50 Cent, Tony Bennett, John Legend, The Beach Boys, Sarah McLachlan, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Buddy Guy, and Ringo Starr to name just a few who comprise Ravinia's eclectic roster over the decades.
District 113's Highland Park High School is regularly acknowledged both within the state and nationally as a top-tier education designation with a nearly 92% graduation rate. Every school year, it welcomes its new students from junior highs within District 112.
District 112 is where the village's K-8 learners prepare for high school: K-5: Braeside, Indian Trail, Oak Terrace, Ravinia, Red Oak, Sherwood, & Wayne Thomas / 6-8: Edgewood & Northwood
*Districts 112 and 113 are shared amongst the Village of Highland Park, the Village of Highwood (population ~5,000), and the community of Fort Sheridan (population ~1,200)
12-mo Median Home Price: $617,500 (as of 9/2021)
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