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
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 worked with Bensidoun USA to host Food Truck Thursdays with Music in the Park, June – September. In addition to offering alfresco diners fare from a rotating series of Food Trucks, local businesses offered their specialty beverages. This successful weekly event attracted thousands of people from near and far.
In 2018, Food Truck Thursdays with Music in the Park will return June 7th through September 13th, 4:30 PM to dusk.