Luxurious beauty and friendly faces along the North Shore
Located along Chicago’s sparkling North Shore, the community of Highland Park is a friendly, upscale waterfront haven. Located 25 miles north of downtown Chicago, locals enjoy the charm and serenity of living in a family-friendly environment without sacrificing proximity to city life, its many adventures, and unmatched conveniences. Scenic parks, botanic gardens, upscale country clubs, and wonderful public schools have made Highland Park one of the greater Chicago area‘s most coveted neighborhoods.
Today, Highland Park is known for its downtown shopping district, architectural significance, several landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and sandy beaches situated on the scenic shores of Lake Michigan.
Highland Park residents enjoy an upscale standard of living. Many homes are situated on sizable lots protected beneath a dense canopy of mature trees. Homes closer to the shore of Lake Michigan enjoy space, privacy, and tranquility not often found so close to the big city. An active day of swimming, playing tennis, or out on the golf course at one of the many country clubs is a favorite way to spend the weekend, followed by a night out at one of downtown's friendly eateries. Locals live in the company of architectural significance and enjoy fun in the sun on Lake Michigan during the warmer summer months.
Despite Highland Park’s high-end standards, some of the best local eats are rather casual. Lengthy histories and loyal followings have cemented these businesses as icons for years and ensured they’ll still be around to be enjoyed by all for years to come.
Michael’s Grill and Salad Bar has been a Highland Park staple since 1977. Michael’s serves one of the best Chicago-style red hots in the area. The Chicago-style hot dog, topped with tomatoes, onions, short peppers, mustard, relish, and celery salt, is a top seller along with their burgers, hearty sandwiches, and fresh salad bar offering a plethora of toppings.
Authentic New York City-style bagels are served at Once Upon A Bagel. Highland Park locals are glad to have one of North Shore’s more popular breakfast options just down the street. In addition to the handmade bagels, generous schmears, and wide array of toppings, patrons also enjoy homemade cakes, buns, cookies, and more.
Tamales, located in the heart of downtown, has made modern alterations to Mexican classics. A friendly and relaxed setting has won many local “best of” awards and developed a solid reputation among locals. Favorite dishes such as fajitas, ceviche, enchiladas, and refreshing margaritas are served in an unpretentious setting, with alfresco dining available.
Highland Park's deluxe lifestyle comes with many perks, such as the high concentration of exclusive country clubs. The Sunset Ridge Golf Club and Northmoor Country Club are two favorite local options. Extensive golf facilities, on-site gourmet dining, swimming, and social events are just a few of the coveted membership bonuses. Another spot to enjoy outdoor scenery is the nearby Chicago Botanic Garden. Spanning across 385 acres and nine islands, 27 spectacularly landscaped gardens display millions of varieties of plants and flowers as a living museum for all to enjoy. Visual arts can be appreciated at the Art Center of Highland Park, a nonprofit organization supporting the creative and visual arts while offering classes, exhibits, and other festive events to the public. Musical arts can be appreciated at Ravinia Festival, an outdoor collection of concerts held in the warmer months between June and September.
Parents celebrate local schools for their top-of-the-line staff, impressive performances, and success pupils see in life after high school. One local campus is:
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