Introduction to Highland Park, Illinois

Highland Park, Illinois, in Lake county, is 10 miles NE of Mount Prospect, Illinois (center to center) and 23 miles N of Chicago, Illinois. The city is in the Chicago area.

Highland Park History

The Pottawattomie Indians were the original inhabitants of the present day city of Highland Park. John and Peter Fennerty were the first settlers of the area and they visited the city on February 16, 1841. When the railroad station was built in this area in 1854, Walter S. Gurnee named it Highland Park. The first public school of Highland Park was opened in 1869 and a high school was established in 1887.

Highland Park and nearby Attractions

  • Highland Park Historical Society Museum
  • Sunset Woods Park
  • Ward W. Willits House
  • The American Toby Jug Museum
  • Six Flags Great America
  • Centennial Ice Arena

Things To Do In Highland Park

Highland Park offers a number of parks, playgrounds, and downtown shopping districts. You can enjoy shopping at the Port Clinton Square Shopping Center and Crossroads Shopping Center. The local parks include Jens Jensen Park, Danny Cunniff Park, Longview Park, Sherwood Park, Moroney Park, and Laurel Park and Memorial Gardens. You can also visit the Hidden Creek AquaPark, Sunset Valley Golf Course, Park Avenue Beach, and Centennial Ice Arena. In addition, the city of Highland Park is the site of the Ravinia Festival, the oldest outdoor music festival in the Unites States.

Highland Park Transportation

International flights are available from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Highland Park Higher Education

Trinity International University, Oakton Community College, and National - Louis University are some of the nearby colleges and universities.


Total Population 29,789
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 20.6%
Employed Population 16+ 13,624
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 65.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 71.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $152,823
% Above Poverty Level 93.5%
% Below Poverty Level 6.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 10.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 11.2%


People Living Alone 23.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,574
Median House Value $532,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 4.8%
Irish 7.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Highland Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles NE of Mount Prospect, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 23 miles N of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 60035, 60037
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.181
Longitude -87.8

Highland Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 3.5 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.8 inches
Distance 12.4 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 55 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 34 inches
Distance 22.1 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Highland Park, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Fort Sheridan (60037)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bannockburn 1,390 $150,208
Deerfield 18,588 $167,575
Glencoe 8,881 $210,988

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Highland Park Public Libraries

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Highland Park High Schools

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Serves 1,844 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

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Serves 143 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.5

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