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Overview of Highland Park

Nestled in the northern suburbs of Chicago, Highland Park is a great place to raise a family. The thriving community extends five miles along the shore of Lake Michigan, creating a beautiful landscape for the city’s exceptional business and education opportunities. Highland Park maintains a community philosophy based on the notion that Character Counts, with Six Pillars of Character that are upheld by city authorities to instill important values into Highland Park youth. With just less than 30,000 residents, Highland Park is a family-oriented city with many residents who have lived in the area for decades. Look for Highland Park apartments for rent, and find a unique living experience in the Midwest

Living in Highland Park, IL

The city of Highland Park was officially incorporated in 1869 with a school, hotel, religious association and a starting population of 500 people. The purchase and public consumption of alcohol was initially prohibited here, which added to the city’s picturesque appeal. Highland Park experienced stable growth until the end of World War II, when a sizeable Jewish population moved into the area. Over the years, Highland Park residents have created a lasting legacy as a city for recreation and culture. The Ravinia Music Festival is the pride of Highland Park and a favorite event for local residents. Today, Highland Park is a family-oriented community that maintains an air of sophistication.

Highland Park Work and Study

Although there are no traditional college opportunities in Highland Park, there are many universities located 27 miles away in the metropolis of Chicago. Northwestern University and the University of Chicago are the most prestigious schools in the area, and join Loyola University Chicago, DePaul University, Lake Forest College, Chicago State University and many others in offering students the most diverse education in the Midwest.

For those seeking work, Highland Park is home to a number of family businesses and larger companies. The Highland Park Hospital is the largest employer in town, offering 1,200 medical, administrative and support positions to help give exceptional medical care to local residents. Education is also extremely important to people here, with the School District 112, Northern Suburban Special Education District and School District 113 also providing hundreds of jobs opportunities for local workers. Other top employers include the Ravinia Festival, City of Highland Park, Highland Park Public Library, Highland Park Post Office and Mesirow Financial.

Rentals in Highland Park, IL and Cost of Living

Highland Park is one of the most affluent communities in the Chicago suburbs, which results in very high rent prices in the area. United States Census Bureau statistics show that the standard apartment here costs $1,340 a month, which is $380 more than the Lake County average. Everyday living expenses are also relatively expensive in Highland Park. The city received a cost of living index of 110.4, which is significantly more than the national average of 100. With the finest living conditions in the Chicago suburbs, Highland Park rentals are sure to please.

Highland Park Attractions and Special Events

Highland Park hosts the Port Clinton Art Festival, widely known as one of the most successful juried art festivals in the United States. Featuring more than 260 world renowned artists, this outdoor festival brings thousands of art enthusiasts to Highland Park every August to enjoy the modern art scene. The Taste of Highland Park is a newer event that runs at the same time as the art festival, featuring food and drinks from the city’s most popular restaurants. Highland Park is also home to the popular Ravinia Festival, which has been Chicago’s sound of summer since 1904. Local residents enjoy “The Ravinia Experience,” with a range of musical performances and comfortable lawn seating that is perfect for an afternoon picnic. 

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