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The Highland Park Advantage

Competitive Advantages to Locating Your Business In Highland Park

  • 25 minutes from anywhere in the Chicagoland Area
  • Easy access to and from Highway 41/94 & Tollway 294
  • The area has global & national connectivity with close proximity to:
    • The City of Chicago
    • Airports that include, Chicago's O'Hare International and Milwaukee's Mitchell International
    • A Lake Michigan Port
    • The I-94 Corridor, the Northernmost U.S. East-West Interstate Highway
  • Lower Sales Taxes than Nearby Municipalities in Cook County
  • Easy access to and from Public Transportation 
  • Easy access to and from Bicycle/Walking paths
  • Variety of Commercial Districts offer numerous business opportunities
  • Business-Friendly Environment supported by the City and several Highland Park Organizations dedicated to the success of local businesses
  • Highly-Educated Workforce including Qualified Financial Advisors, Office, Tech. and Manufacturing Talent
  • Excellent Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment which help to attract clients, customers and first-rate employees
  • A Great Community to Raise a Family - Renown for its High Quality of Life, and its Affluent, Philanthropic & Highly-Educated Population
  • Consumer Population within a 20 minute drive-time to Downtown Highland Park is 561,424
    • 41% are in the Key Consumer Demographic - 35 to 65 years old

The following is a list of each of the City’s key business districts, which identifies the advantages of locating a business in each district, and includes some of the existing businesses in each district, as well as target businesses for each of those districts.

Briergate Business District

Briergate Business District Unique Competitive Advantages

  • Located in a High Traffic Area just west of Highland Park's Central Business District and Highway 41; it is the Gateway to the North and Northwest Suburbs
  • Easy Access to and from Highway 41/94 and Tollway 294
  • Easy Access to O'Hare International Airport
  • Railroad Access
  • Reasonable Rents
  • Ample Parking
  • Conveniently Located Near Downtown for Dining, Shopping and Entertainment, which helps to Attract Customers and First-Rate Employees
  • Home to Many of the City’s Oldest and Most Successful Service Businesses

Briergate Business District Existing Businesses

  • Retail 
    • Auto Dealership, Ski & Patio, Home Furnishings, Hardware, Lumber & Home Improvement, Children’s Toy & Clothing, Pet Supplies & Grooming, Major Regional Grocery Store, Wine & Spirits
  • Food & Drink 
    • Casual Upscale Restaurants & Fast Food
  • Service 
    • Storage, Auto Related, Fitness, Plumbing, Printing, Furniture Repair, Upholstery, Office & Light Manufacturing

Briergate Business District Target Businesses

  • Retail 
    • Furniture/Overstock Furniture Showroom
  • Service 
    • Distribution Center/Logistics/Warehouse
  • Light Manufacturing 
    • Tech Campus
  • Office 
    • Small Office/Medical Office Users


Central Business District

Central Business District Unique Competitive Advantages

  • Heart of Highland Park
  • Easy Access to Highway 41/94 & Tollway 294
  • Easy Access to Highland Park Metra Train Station
  • Ample Parking
  • Conveniently Located to Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment, which helps to Attract Customers and First-Rate Employees
  • Home to a Variety of Community Attractions 
    • The Art Center Highland Park's Festival of Fine Art, Annual Port Clinton Art Festival & Taste of Highland Park, Public Art Installations, First Run & Art/Independent Movie Theater, Heller Nature Center, Community Lunch Table, Weekend Musical Performances, Battle of the Bands Competitions

Central Business District Existing Businesses

  • Retail 
    • Beauty, Home Goods, Gifts, Apparel, Accessories, Shoes, Luggage, Card & Party, Jewelry, Hobbies & Toys
  • Food & Drink 
    • Variety of Fabulous Restaurants
  • Service 
    • Financial, Legal, Medical & Dental, Music/Dance Education, Fitness, Spa, Beauty & Nail

Central Business District Target Businesses

  • Retail 
    • Apparel/Accessories, Shoes
  • Food & Drink 
    • Upscale Casual Restaurants


Crossroads Business District

Crossroads Business District Unique Competitive Advantages

  • Located in High Traffic Area on Skokie Boulevard just North of Lake Cook Road with Easy Access to and from Highway 41/94 and Tollway 294
  • Close Proximity to Ravinia Festival, Chicago Botanic Garden, and Several Shopping Malls
  • Home to the Crossroads Shopping Center
  • Reasonable Rents
  • Ample Parking

Crossroads Business District Existing Businesses

  • Retail 
    • Auto Dealerships, Gas Stations/Convenience Marts, Wine & Spirits, Sporting Goods, Used Books, Music Equipment & Supplies, Electronics, Telecommunications, Lighting, Health Food, Mattresses, Vacuum & Allergy Product Supplies
  • Food & Drink 
    • Deli, Kosher, Middle Eastern, Fast Food
  • Service 
    • Hotel, Dance Education, Fitness, Beauty, Weight Management, Car Wash/Detailing Facility, Auto Repair
  • Office 
    • Small Office Users, Medical Office

Crossroads Business District Target Businesses

  • Retail 
    • Auto Dealerships, Electronics, Card & Party, Pet Supplies
  • Food & Drink 
    • Casual Restaurants/Casual Restaurant with Amusement Venue
    • Coffee Shop


North Skokie Corridor Business District

North Skokie Corridor Business District Unique Competitive Advantages

  • High Traffic Count - 74,000 Cars Daily
  • Ample Parking
  • Convenient to Highway 41/94 and Tollway 294
  • First Stoplight Along Highway 41
  • Curb Cuts Off Highway

North Skokie Corridor Business District Existing Businesses

  • Retail 
    • Auto Dealerships, Discount Department Store, Office Supplies, Hardware & Home Improvement, Artist Enclave, Carpet, Floor & Tile, Gas Stations
  • Food & Drink 
    • Variety of Fast Food Restaurants
  • Service 
    • Medical, Auto Repair
  • Office
  • Light Industrial

North Skokie Corridor Business District Target Businesses

  • Retail 
    • Furniture, Carpet, Garden, Hobby, Sporting Goods, Auto & Motorcycle Dealerships
  • Food & Drink 
    • Casual Restaurants
  • Service 
    • Card & Party, General Rental


Ravinia Business District

Ravinia Business District Unique Competitive Advantages

  • Important Secondary Community Hub
  • Affordable Rent
  • Charming and Quaint Character
  • Home to Ravinia Metra Train Station (Daily Commuters)
  • Home to Ravinia Festival, a World Class Entertainment Venue      
    • Draws More than 500,000 Attendees In-Season
    • 100+ Employees In-Season and 60+ Employees Off-Season
    • Prime Location to Continue the HP Experience after a Concert
  • Seasonal Farmers’ Market Draws Shoppers Weekly June – October
  • Close Proximity to Rosewood Beach
  • Along the Green Bay Trail
  • Close Proximity to the Chicago Botanic Garden

Ravinia Business District Existing Businesses

  • Retail 
    • Home Goods & Gifts, Pharmacy & General Merchandise, Women’s Clothing & Accessories, Resale, Jewelry
  • Food and Drink 
    • Top Restaurants & Carry-Out, Cupcake Shop, Coffee Shop, Tea Shop
  • Destination Service 
    • Interior Design, Instrument Repair, Knit Shop, Beauty, Dry Cleaners, Fitness, Massage Therapy, Insurance, Medical/Dental, Banking, Photo Studio, Piano Studio, Do It Yourself Pottery Design for Children and Adults of All Ages
  • Office 
    • Small Office Users

Ravinia Business District Target Businesses

  • Destination Retail & Service 
    • Specialty Grocery
  • Food and Drink 
    • Mexican Cuisine


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