Highland Park, Illinois

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Highland Park, Illinois
City
Country United States
State Illinois
County Lake
Township Moraine, West Deerfield
Coordinates 42°10′57″N 87°48′25″W / 42.18250°N 87.80694°W / 42.18250; -87.80694
Area 31.7 km2 (12 sq mi)
 - land 31.6 km2 (12 sq mi)
 - water 0.1 km2 (0 sq mi)
Population 29,763 (2010)
Density 939 / km2 (2,432 / sq mi)
Founded 1869
Mayor Nancy Rodkin Rotering
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 60035, 60037
Area code 847, 224
Location of Highland Park within Illinois
Location of Highland Park within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Highland Park, Illinois
Website: www.cityhpil.com

Highland Park is a suburban municipality in Lake County, Illinois, United States, about 26 miles (42 km) north of downtown Chicago. As of the 2010 census, the population was 29,763.[1] Highland Park is one of several municipalities located on the North Shore of the Chicago Metropolitan Area.

Overview[edit]

Highland Park was founded in 1869 with a population of 500, and evolved from two settlements: St. John and Port Clinton.[2] The town also annexed the village of Ravinia in 1899.

The Willits House

Highland Park has several attractions including a vibrant downtown shopping district and the Ravinia Festival. Ravinia Festival is an open-air pavilion seating 3,200, which hosts classical, pop and jazz concerts in the summer. It has been the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1936. Concert-goers can purchase seats in the covered pavilion or tickets to sit on the lawn. Many visitors arrive early and picnic on the lawn before and during the concerts.[3] The Ravinia Festival is located in the Ravinia District, originally an artists' colony which still retains much of its early character and architecture.

Highland Park has several landmark structures listed in the National Register of Historic Places, notably the Willits House by Frank Lloyd Wright. In addition to several houses designed by Wright, the National Register lists homes designed by prominent architects including John S. Van Bergen, Howard Van Doren Shaw, Robert E. Seyfarth, and David Adler. Landscape architect Jens Jensen lived in Highland Park and designed a number of projects in the community that are listed on the register.

Geography[edit]

Highland Park is located at 42°10′57″N 87°48′25″W / 42.18250°N 87.80694°W / 42.18250; -87.80694 (42.182525, -87.807052).[4]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.2 square miles (31.7 km2), of which 12.2 square miles (31.6 km2) is land and 0.039 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.27%, is water.[1] Its geographic features include a 100-foot-high (30 m) bluff running along 6 miles (10 km) of Lake Michigan shoreline and deep, wooded ravines extending up to 1 mile (1.6 km) inland. Elevations range from 580 to 725 feet (177 to 221 m) above sea level.

Demographics[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census,[5] there were 29,763 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 91.05% White, 1.84% Black or African American, 2.9% Asian, 0.18% Native American, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.51% of some other race and 1.48% of two or more races. 7.28% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 31,365 people, 11,521 households, and 8,917 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,537.5 people per square mile (979.8/km²). There were 11,934 housing units at an average density of 965.5/sq mi (372.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.20% White, 1.78% African American, 0.08% Native American, 2.28% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 3.46% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.90% of the population.

There were 11,521 households out of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.9% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.6% were non-families. 19.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $100,967, and the median income for a family was $117,235. Males had a median income of $83,121 versus $41,175 for females. The per capita income for the city was $55,331. About 2.3% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

Highland Park is governed by the council-manager form of government. The non-partisan City Council consists of seven members, including an elected mayor and six councilmembers, all elected at-large and serving staggered four-year terms. The current city council consists of:

Position Name First elected Term expires
Mayor Nancy Rotering 2011* 2015
Mayor Pro Tem Steven Mandel 1993 2013
Councilman Anthony Blumberg 2011 2015
Councilman Paul Frank 2011 2015
Councilman James Kirsch 2001 2013
Councilman David Naftzger 2011 2015
Councilman Daniel Kaufman 2011 2013

Politics[edit]

Highland Park is considered a Democratic stronghold, perhaps due in part to its significant Jewish and Hispanic populations, traditional Democratic constituencies. Highland Park voters overwhelmingly broke for Illinois Senator Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, choosing him over Arizona Senator John McCain 76.3%-23.1%. Highland Park voters also tend to prefer Democrats in local races. However, Republican Illinois Senator Mark Kirk is also from Highland Park.

At the state level, Highland Park is a part of the 58th House District, represented by Scott Drury (D-Highwood), and the 29th Senate District, represented by Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield). At the county level, the city is split between Districts 11th and 12, represented by Steven Warren Mandel and Mike Rummel, respectively.

Economy[edit]

The international headquarters of the Solo Cup Company was formerly located in Highland Park, before relocating to neighboring Lake Forest in 2009.

Transportation[edit]

Highland Park Metra station

The main highway in Highland Park is US-41, which connects Chicago to Milwaukee. Commuter rail is available at four Metra stations within city borders (Braeside, Ravinia Park, Ravinia, and Highland Park), as well as two in nearby Highwood (Highwood and Fort Sheridan) on the Union Pacific/North Line, which begins in Chicago and terminates in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Pace also offers several bus routes. Boat launch facilities are available along Lake Michigan. O'Hare International Airport is located approximately 20 miles (32 km) south and slightly west.

Notable people[edit]

Highland Park is popular with professional athletes, as the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Bears practice facilities are nearby in Deerfield and Lake Forest, respectively. The most notable resident was Michael Jordan. His 56,0000 square foot home is on several acres behind large iron gates bearing the number 23.[7] In December 2003 Jordan's home went up for sale for $21 million[8] but the auction went without a winning bidder, the price of the home has since been dropped several times and a new auction will be held in November 2014.

In popular culture[edit]

Highland Park is the location of the former home of the main characters in the CBS drama The Good Wife.

Highland Park was used for location shots for several movies written and directed by John Hughes in the 1980s including Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, Sixteen Candles, Uncle Buck and Home Alone. Other popular films from the 1980s shot or partially set in Highland Park include Ordinary People, Risky Business, and Lucas. Since 2000, Highland Park movies have included Kicking & Screaming and Shattered Memories of Love.

It also was the setting for the 2000/2001 Fox and PBS documentary show American High.

Education[edit]

North Shore School District 112 operates three middle schools: Edgewood Middle School, Elm Place School, and Northwood Junior High School.

Township High School District 113 operates Highland Park High School.

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