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Twenty-five miles north of Chicago's Loop, the City of Highland Park is nestled along beautiful Lake Michigan, at the heart of the metropolitan area's most affluent residential markets. Highland Park is a thriving community with a diverse population of over 30,000, a stable economic base, top-rated schools, and a university-affiliated hospital, offering some of the most unique business opportunities in Lake County.  It is easily accessible from Route 41, I-94, I-294, and is served by Pace Bus and Metra. From one end to the other, Highland Park's business community is diverse and growing, with nine commercial districts conveniently located throughout the City.

“Rich in tradition and culture, the City of Highland Park is a sparkling example of the good life," says the Chicago Tribune.  The City offers excellent business prospects along with a mix of residential tranquility, first-rate cultural and entertainment venues, and the natural beauty of beaches and parks.  It is truly a great place to establish a business, and to live, work, and enjoy.

The vibrant downtown shopping district is an upscale urban outdoor shopping center filled with unique boutiques and shops, as well as national chains, and exceptional restaurants. The City’s eight other business districts range from quaint neighborhoods with retailers, service businesses, and restaurants to frontage along the highway, and lined with car dealerships, service businesses, and national retailers.  

Highland Park businesses enjoy the benefit of an active Office of Business Development, Business and Economic Development Advisory Group, Chamber of Commerce, and Special Service Areas 17, 18 and 19, which together help to promote a favorable business climate and community by providing leadership for the improvement of economic, civil, cultural and social interests.

2022-2024 Business Development Strategic Planning Focus Groups
The City is excited to build on the 2019 - 2021 strategic plan and continue to implement strategies to retain and expand existing businesses, attract new exciting businesses, and broaden our sales tax base to sustain a balanced and healthy business climate.

Your input and feedback is important to help support these efforts! By participating in a virtual stakeholder meeting, you'll be able to share your feedback and provide your unique insight. The following sessions are available:

  • Property owners: Oct. 28 (4 – 5:30 PM); Nov. 1 (9 – 10:30 AM)
  • Restaurant owners & managers: Oct. 27 (2 – 3:30 PM); Nov. 4 (2 – 3:30 PM)
  • Office businesses: Nov. 1 (2 – 3:30 PM)
  • Service businesses: Nov. 2 (3:30 – 5:00 PM)
  • Retail businesses: Nov. 15 (2 – 3:30 PM)
  • Realtors: Nov. 10 (2 – 3:30 PM); Nov. 17 (9 – 10: 30 AM)
  • Residents: Nov. 9 (6:30 – 8:00 PM); Nov. 15 (6:30 – 8:00 PM)

Translation services or other accommodations will be available upon request. Please contact cityhp@cityhpil.com

City staff will also attend the Ravinia Farmers Market on Wednesday, Oct. 27 (8 – 9:30 AM) to connect with residents and vendors.

Click here to register!

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