Highland Park

Highland Park has several attractions including a vibrant downtown shopping district and the Ravinia Festival. Ravinia Festival is an open-air pavilion seating 3,200, which hosts classical, pop and jazz concerts in the summer. It has been the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1936. Concert-goers can purchase seats in the covered pavilion or tickets to sit on the lawn. Many visitors arrive early and picnic on the lawn before and during the concerts. The Ravinia Festival is located in the Ravinia District, originally an artists’ colony which still retains much of its early character and architecture.

Highland Park has several landmark structures listed in the National Register of Historic Places, notably the Willits House by Frank Lloyd Wright. In addition to several houses designed by Wright, the National Register lists homes designed by prominent architects including John S. Van Bergen, Howard Van Doren Shaw, Robert E. Seyfarth, and David Adler. Landscape architect Jens Jensen lived in Highland Park and designed a number of projects in the community that are listed on the register.

There are two public beaches in Highland Park, Rosewood Beach and Park Avenue Beach (which also has a boating facility). Highland Park is also home to the North Shore Yacht Club.

The main highway in Highland Park is US Rt 41, which connects Chicago to Milwaukee. There are four Metra stations within city borders (Braeside, Ravinia Park, Ravinia, and Highland Park), as well as two in nearby Highwood (Highwood and Fort Sheridan) on the Union Pacific/North Line, which begins in Chicago and terminates in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Pace also offers several bus routes. Boat launch facilities are available along Lake Michigan. O’Hare Airport is located approximately 20 miles southwest.

 

Schools

North Shore School District 112

  • Edgewood Middle School
  • Elm Place School
  • Northwood Junior High School

Township High School District 113

  • Highland Park High School

 

Demographics

As of the 2010 census, the population was 29,763. The median income for a household in the city was $100,967, and the median income for a family was $117,235. Males had a median income of $83,121 versus $41,175 for females. The per capita income for the city was $55,331.

Newest Highland Park Listings

$1,950,000
5 Beds 6 Baths 11994192 MLS
Move right in to this wonderfully updated and charming 5 bed/5.1 bath Queen Anne Victorian home on a 1/2 acre lot in east Highland Park with 3 car attached and heated garage. Set on a highly coveted tree lined street, only half a block from the lake and 3 blocks to town and the train, this renovated home has incredible curb appeal with its original character while offering modern elegance and amenities once you step inside. The main floor features soaring ceilings, beautiful archways, hardwood floors, crown molding, and is flooded with natural light throughout. You are welcomed in through a wide foyer with direct views of the backyard and immediately drawn into the bright family room with new marble fireplace and adjoining living room. Directly across is a moody sitting room with stellar dry bar and access to the circular home office. The spacious formal dining room has beautiful pocket french doors and is perfectly located right off the kitchen through a traditional swinging door. The top-of-the-line gourmet kitchen and breakfast room are surrounded by windows with direct access outside through the covered porch. This is the ultimate house for entertaining with the ability to easily flow inside and out through the many indoor spaces and the spacious stone patio with the a gas line hook up for a fire pit and grill for al-fresco dining. The main level is complete with a new powder room, large mudroom with walk-in pantry connected to the garage and separate door out to the dog run in back. The luxurious primary suite features a second fireplace, huge walk-in-closet and marble bath with heated floors, double sink vanity, and Kallista steam shower. Three large additional bedrooms finish off the second level, with two beds sharing a jack and jill bathroom and one additional hall bathroom with tub. The second story addition adds a wonderful recreational room, with full bathroom, wet bar, beverage fridge and thoughtful skylights that fill the room with natural light. This is the perfect place to hang and play all year round. On the third floor is the 5th bedroom with en-suite bath and bonus room for great flex space to use as an exercise room or art room. There is an unfinished basement that runs the entire length of the house and is currently used for storage. This home also features newer roof and windows, extensive landscaping, sprinkler system, backup generator, electric car charger and fully fenced in yard. This is truly a one-of-a-kind home in a prime Highland Park location you don't want to miss - restaurants, shopping, Park Avenue Beach, Rosewood Beach, Moraine Dog Beach, Central Park, Ravinia Festival and so much more. A Rare Home in an Amazing Location!

200 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park

$1,399,000
6 Beds 6 Baths 11993478 MLS
Tastefully updated in 2024, this superb and spacious 3-story home nestled deep, on 1/2+ acre of professionally landscaped lot in desirable Braeside of Highland Park. Completely rebuilt and expanded from ground up in 2013 to over 5,000 sq. ft. Beautifully remodeled gourmet kitchen with huge island, white cabinets, quartz counters and backsplash, brand new high-end SS fridge and double oven gas stove. Other updates include a new white vanity with sink and toilet in powder room, remodeled main floor full bath, LED lighting, refinished hardwood floors on main level, freshly painted interior and exterior. Main level features open concept floor plan with inviting foyer, powder room, large living/dining combo with high cathedral ceiling and gas fireplace, updated kitchen with huge island opens to a family room with custom wood burning fireplace and built-in indoor grill. Kitchen/Family room leads to an extra-large patio with outdoor kitchen and beautiful yard. The 1st floor also boasts a massive main floor bedroom/office with walk-in closet, new full bath and adjacent screened greenhouse. The tiled mud room off the garage with laundry in the utility room completes the main level. The 2nd level is complete with 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths and a 2nd laundry. Primary bedroom with coffered ceiling, walk-in closet, full bath with double vanity, granite counter and large shower. One bathroom has a custom steam shower and dry sauna. The 3rd level features an additional bedroom/office with full bath, adjacent to a play/exercise room, plus a finished attic that could be used for storage or as desired. Beautiful yard with newly expanded patio, built-in outdoor kitchen, gazebo and plenty of room for a swimming pool and play set. Picturesque back and front yard retreat with landscaping improved in 2023 with new sod and low maintenance fruit garden. New roof in 2021 with electric de-icing heat cable, lightning protection rods and gutter guards. Newer Pella windows and mechanicals. This house is also pre-wired for a generator and front electric gate. Meticulously maintained by current owners and completely move-in ready. The property is conveniently located east of 41, across from the Chicago Botanic Garden where you can enjoy daily walks, 5 minutes to Ravinia Festival, Metro Train, Edens Expressway, Green Bay Bike Trail and local shopping.

1065 County Line Road, Highland Park

$985,000
4 Beds 3 Baths 11974262 MLS
Summer nights are filled with the sounds of Ravinia while you are tucked away on a small, quiet street. Welcome to this spectacular stucco, brick and cedar Braeside home! Featuring a first-floor primary bedroom, and three additional bedrooms, the open floor plan was designed to bring in an abundance of natural light; while providing flexible living and entertaining space. Vaulted ceilings and custom millwork are prominently featured. Notice the beamed ceilings, detailed molding and exquisite cabinetry. The chef's kitchen features a unique copper hood, stone farmhouse sink, a huge island and high end appliances. A two-sided gas fireplace adds warmth, while separating the breakfast area from the great room. The great room, with beautiful hardwood floors, opens up to a Trex deck. The mud/laundry room is conveniently located on the first floor, has tons of storage, plus a generous area for folding and ironing. The primary suite showcases vaulted ceilings and an ensuite bath with double sinks, tub, and shower. Adjacent to the primary suite is a 2nd bedroom, currently used as an office. The 2nd bedroom utilizes a full bath located in the hallway. Upstairs, a loft space provides another fantastic flex space. It separates 2 generously sized bedrooms, both with big walk in closets. A full hall bath, with double sinks, allows easy access from both bedrooms. The large basement can be easily finished; the walls are studded and there is roughed in plumbing for a half bath. This home was updated and added on to in 2007. Some of the new features; included, but not limited to; Pella windows, gutters and downspouts and exterior lighting. More recently, two new hot water heaters (2023), security system (2019), Bosch dishwasher (2017) and LG washer and dryer (2016) were added. The outdoor area is complete with a gas line for a BBQ and fire pit.

580 Rambler Lane, Highland Park

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