Residents enjoy the shopping opportunities of Port Clinton Square and the surrounding town that has such popular stores as The Gap, Starbucks and an eclectic selection of quaint boutiques and specialty shops. The community also enjoys easy access to the Highway 41 corridor. Highland Park is a vigorous community that offers an unusual wealth of beautiful parks, recreation facilities, and individual centers for youth and seniors.
Contributing to the community's fine quality of life is the annual Rivinia Festival, highlighting summer performances of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and other top musical groups. There are numerous other cultural and recreational opportunities in town. The Apple Tree Theater finds its home in Highland Park as does its community theater group, the Highland Park Players. There are free summer concerts, art exhibits and numerous other events in the local parks and squares including an annual sidewalk sale, an Independence Day parade and fair, Halloween festivities and more. The Park District of Highland Park maintains about 600 acres of parklands, including three parks located on Lake Michigan. The community enjoys an indoor ice rink facility, many excellent tennis and racquetball courts, as well as the beautiful 96-acre Heller Nature Preserve.
First settled in 1845 as the Lake Michigan shipping center of Port Clinton, this “All American City’” has received two national volunteerism awards, earned a Presidential award for excellence in education, has eight times been cited as a “Tree City, USA,” and has received gold medals for its Park District. An atmosphere of community pride has been created by involved residents. Nationally and regionally honored schools and an impressive library offering more than 190,000 volumes and 14,000 audiovisual materials provide residents quality educational and cultural resources. Churches and synagogues represent major religious denominations. Expert medical care is available at the 325-bed Highland Park Hospital. The downtown business district, a focal point for shoppers, has won many awards for its creative design. Two additional shopping areas and various convenience outlets serve the city's shopping needs.
Modern Metra commuter trains travel to and from Highland Park 25 times a day. An express ride to Chicago takes just over 30 minutes from any of the four stations in the community. O'Hare International Airport is 18 miles away, with limousine and ground transport services readily available. Interstate 94 and U.S. 41 are broad major north-south routes that make auto travel convenient for Highland Park residents. Five east-west arteries cross the community, connecting with suburbs to the west.
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