Located on Roger Williams Avenue between Green Bay Road and St. Johns Avenue, the charming and quaint Ravinia Business District is home to diverse restaurants, unique retailers, arts & crafts shops, service businesses, medical providers, and other office users. The proximity of the Ravinia Metra train station and the renowned Ravinia Festival - a world-class summer venue for the performing arts that draws more than 500,000 attendees over an 87-night season from May until late September - creates wonderful opportunities for unique businesses.
For information concerning available properties in Highland Park, please contact the Office of Business Development at 847.926.1027
Ravinia Business District Streetscape Improvement Project
City contractor, Lyons Pinner, will begin work on lighting poles in Ravinia District on Roger Williams Avenue on July 1. The proposed lighting fixtures will be designed to cast consistent, warm lighting throughout the District, enhancing safety and adding new vitality to the area.
Pedestrian-scaled lighting poles, spaced approximately 50 feet apart, will be installed in the public right-of-way along the Roger Williams Avenue corridor, from Green Bay Road to Dean Avenue. The Street Lighting Plan is designed to provide even lighting throughout the corridor and comply with the City’s recent right-of-way lighting standards, as well as dark skies policies.
More information and updates on this project are avauialble at:
Special Service Area 17
On December 9, 2013, to enhance the quality of the business and community environment, and increase the economic impact of the Ravinia Business District, the City Council approved the City of Highland Park, Illinois Special Service Area 17 (SSA 17). On November 28, 2016, the three-year SSA was renewed through 2019.
A Special Service Area is a taxing mechanism that can be used to fund a wide range of special or additional services and/or physical improvements in a defined geographic area within a municipality.
The annual budget/levy is $90,000 which will cover the costs of marketing, public relations, events, banners and expanded beautification in the Ravinia Business District.
The SSA 17 boundaries include commercial and mixed-use rental properties in the B2-RW and RM2 zoning districts. SSA 17 does not include residential condominiums with separate real estate tax PINS that are within the SSA's boundaries, to the extent allowed by law.
The goals and activities of the SSA are guided by the Ravinia Business District SSA 17 Advisory Committee and managed by the City's Office of Business Development Manager.
SSA 17 has produced several popular events. Harvest & Harmony Fest, which featured food and music, was held in the fall of 2015 and 2016 to attract visitors to the District. The two-day event attracted more than 2,000 attendees the first year and more than 4,500 the second year.
In 2016, the SSA hosted a well-attended weekly summertime Artisan Market featuring more than 20 artisan food, craft and beverage vendors, with live music.
In 2017, the District along with Bensidoun USA initiated Food Truck Thursdays with Music in the Park, June – September.
The 4th Annual Food Truck Thursdays will run June 4th through September 3rd, 4:30 PM to dusk, on Dean Avenue between Roger Williams and St. Johns Avenues, and in Jens Jensen Park, across from the Ravinia Metra Station in Highland Park. Alfresco diners are invited to come and enjoy a variety of food and drinks from a rotating series of more than a dozen food trucks every week, along with adult beverages from local restaurants including Abigail’s American Bistro and Ravinia Brewing Company. While dining with family and friends, attendees can enjoy a wide range of music, as well as Bags (corn hole) games for adults, and family-friendly crafts and activities.
Check back for information about the 2020 Bags League and music schedule for Food Truck Thursdays.
Food Truck Thursdays is managed by Bensidoun USA. Music in the Park is managed by Life Rhythms. Bags League is managed by Ripple Public Relations. Food Truck Thursdays, Music in the Park and the Bags League is sponsored by the Ravinia District Special Service Area 17 property owners. Music in the Park is also sponsored by the Highland Park Community Foundation.