Introduction to Highland Park, Illinois
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.