List of people from Highland Park, Illinois
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The following list includes notable people who were born or have lived in Highland Park, Illinois. For a similar list organized alphabetically by last name, see the category page People from Highland Park, Illinois.
Academics and sciences
- Elisha Gray, invented and demonstrated a telephone in 1874, his Hazel Avenue house still stands
- Dr. John Grunsfeld, astronaut
- Eric Isaacs, director of Argonne National Laboratory and a professor at University of Chicago; lived in Highland Park
- Dr. John Preskill, professor at the California Institute of Technology
- Dr. Jeremy Siegel, Russell E. Palmer Professor of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
- Dr. Graham Spanier, president of Penn State University
- Dr. Peter Suber, leader in the movement for open access to research
- Aaron Swartz, pioneer in internet technology and activism for free digital culture, editor at Wikipedia
Arts and entertainment
- Dean Bernardini, bassist for the band Chevelle
- Alex Borstein, actress
- Paul Brickman, film director
- Patrick Burns, reality TV star (Haunting Evidence)
- Jacqueline Carey, fantasy fiction novelist
- Billy Corgan, lead singer and founder of the band Smashing Pumpkins
- Blag Dahlia, singer in The Dwarves
- Dot and Zach Duenow, husband-wife duo of the band, "Duenow"
- Eric Engberg, broadcast journalist
- Brenda Ferber, author
- Jennie Fields, writer, author of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, Lily Beach, and The Middle Ages
- Stephen Glass, broadcast journalist
- James Goldman, screenwriter and playwright, author of The Lion in Winter
- William Goldman, Academy Award winning screenwriter, author of The Princess Bride
- F. Gary Gray, film director
- Brian Levant, film director
- Donald Lipski, artist
- Peter Orner, author
- Jeff Perry, actor
- Robert Reed, actor
- Josh Server, actor
- Robert Seyfarth, architect
- Gary Sinise, actor
- Harold Ramis, actor and director
- Brandon Ratcliff, actor
- Brian Ross, broadcast Journalist
- Lauren Tom actress
- David Seltzer, screenwriter, producer, and director
- Gene Siskel, film critic, deceased
- Orson Welles, actor
- Dean Zelinsky, founder of Dean Guitars
- Major General "Terrible Terry" Allen, World War II commander of 1st Infantry Division; featured on the cover of Time magazine
- General Mark W. Clark, US Army general (World War II and the Korean War)
- General Jonathan M. Wainwright, commander of Allied forces in the Philippines at the time of their surrender to the Empire of Japan
- Jill Stein, 2012 Green Party presidential candidate; grew up in Highland Park
- Mark Kirk, US senator; lived in Highland Park
- Admiral Stansfield Turner, US Director of Central Intelligence; born in Highland Park
- Ross Baumgarten, pitcher for the Chicago White Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates
- Tony Cogan, relief pitcher for the Kansas City Royals
- Michael Jordan, shooting guard and small forward for the Chicago Bulls; six time NBA Champion and Olympic gold medalist. Lived in Highland Park.
- Jeffrey Jordan, Michael Jordan's son and point guard for the Illinois Fighting Illini
- Jerry Krause, general manager of the Chicago Bulls
- Toni Kukoč, small forward for the Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks, and Milwaukee Bucks
- Vinny Del Negro, head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers and former head coach of the Chicago Bulls
- Scott Skiles, head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, and Phoenix Suns
- Jerry Wainwright, head basketball coach of DePaul University
- Tunch Ilkin, offensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers; sports broadcaster
- Kyle Orton, starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears
- Julius Peppers, defensive end for the Chicago Bears; seven time Pro Bowl all-star
- Robert Wrenn, tennis player; won the U.S. Championship Men's Singles title four times
- Suber, Peter. "Aaron Swartz, 1986–2013". Blog self entry. Goolge +. Retrieved June 27, 2013.
- "About Our City". Abbott House. Highland Park, IL. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
- "Major Gen. Terry Allen (cover)". TIME. August 9, 1943. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
- "Clark, General Mark Wayne (1896–1984)". HistoryLink.org. Seattle, Washington. Retrieved February 10, 2012. "..grew up in Highland Park, a Chicago suburb near Fort Sheridan..."
- "General Mark W. Clark (cover)". TIME. June 24, 1946. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
- "General Mark W. Clark (cover)". TIME. July 7, 1952. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
- Concierge Auctions video preview of Michael Jordan's Highland Park, Illinois home on YouTube.