About This Place
Highland Park is a city in the Moraine Township of Lake County, Illinois, United States, a suburb of Chicago. The population was 31,365 at the 2000 census. It now has 33,492 citizens as of September 28, 2009. Highland Park is one of several municipalities located in the North Shore of the Chicago Metropolitan Area. The city evolved from two settlements: St. John and Port Clinton, but the main downtown area was known as Port Clinton and was a lumber port.
Highland Park has several attractions including a downtown shopping district and Ravinia Festival, the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a nightly music program covering classical, blues, jazz and rock.
The Ravinia Festival is located in the Ravinia District, an area in the southern part of Highland Park that was incorporated as the Village of Ravinia before being annexed to Highland Park in 1899. The Ravinia District was originally an artists' colony and still retains much of its early character and architecture.