The official mark of the sesquicentennial was released in October 2018. Aesthetic elements of the City’s sesquicentennial celebration paint a picture of Highland Park’s distinction by commemorating the City’s past, honoring its present accomplishments, and reflecting the City’s future ambitions. The archives yielded a logo used by the City in the late 60s which is both historical and modern and uniquely Highland Park.
Artistic Map of Highland Park coming soon.
The City of Highland Park is celebrating its sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) in 2019 with highly visible special events, concerts, City tours and more. Plans are underway for a wide variety of activities which will bring the community together to celebrate the community and its wonderful history. There are a number of ways to get involved with the celebration and make 2019 a year to remember.
- Be a Sponsor
- Buy a Personalized Brick
- Tell Us Your Story - have an interesting story involving Highland Park? We want to hear it!
- Submit a Photo - email email@example.com or mail to City Hall, 1707 St. Johns Ave. Highland Park, IL 60035
- Do a Service Project
- Participate in an Essay Contest or Art Contest -
Look for details in the Highland Park Landmark coming soon.
- Participate in the Highland Park History Competition.
The Sesquicentennial provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the rich history of the City and bring the community together to move towards a future that celebrates our vibrant city and the people who continue to make it an outstanding place to live, work and play.
HP150 Calendar of Events
*Subject to change
|MLK Day of Service -150 service projects campaign||January 21|
|HP150 Highland Park Strings Concert at Ravinia||February 10|
|Opening of Centennial Time Capsule||March 11|
|Artistic Map of Highland Park Released||March TBD|
|Focus on the Arts
Highland Park's Voices of the Past
|April 9 - 12
Historic Home Tours
|Mexico's Day of the Child, el Dia del Niño (Sister Cities Foundation event)||April 30|
|Historic Home Initiative||April - May|
|Art in Highland Park Tours
HP150 Highland Park Strings Concert at Highland Park High School
What Style is That? Bus Tour
Hollywood in Highland Park Tours
|Highland Park Architecture Tours by Chicago Architecture Center||May - October|
|HP150 Bitter Jester Music Festival||June - July|
|Pieces of History Puzzle Project||June - August|
|Food Truck Thursdays
Ravinia Farmers Market
|June - September
June - October
|Big Bash, Parade, and Fireworks (in conjunction with Fourth Fest)
(Entertainment, Birthday Cake, Pie Eating Contest, Relay Races, and Other Family-Friendly Games)
|Commemorative Book Release||July TBD|
|The North Shore Venetian Night
National Night Out
|Port Clinton Art Festival / Taste of Highland Park||August 23-25|
|Stupey Cabin Harvest Fest and Tours||September 14|
|Open Doors Highland Park
|HP150 Quilt Unveiling||September TBD|
|HP150 Sculpture Unveiling||September TBD|
|HP150 Fire Department Pancake Breakfast||October 6|
|HP150 Light Up the Night||November 16|
|Sesquicentennial Time Capsule Dedication||December TBD|
|Post- 2019 Display of Service Projects||2019-2020|
| Era Sponsor
|Facchini Family||Rotary Club of Highland Park/ Highwood|
|Dolores Kohl Education Foundation||Jack & Donna Greenberg|
|Clifford Moos||Myron & Eleanor Lieberman|
|Jewel-Osco||Susan and David Ruder|
|American Legion Post #145||David & Cynthia Brunjes, Craftwood Lumber & Hardware|
|Exmoor Country Club||Gary Gordon & Marilyn Hirsch|
|Cindy Wolfson||Joyce and David Dlugie|
|Ronald S. Katch|
|Menoni & Mocogni, Inc.|
|Highland Park City Council|
Individuals, families, businesses, and organizations are encouraged to make a tax-deductible contribution to help fund the multitude of upcoming HP 150 events and programs including art projects, cultural opportunities, service projects, live entertainment, food, and fireworks. The sponsorship deadline has extended to February 15, 2019. Though sponsorships will be accepted after that date, some sponsorship incentives may not be available.
Please find the sponsorship brochure and application here. Mail checks to:
City of Highland Park
cc: Hayley Garard
1707 St. Johns Ave.
Highland Park, IL 60035
Terms and Conditions
Brick Order Form
Children’s Bicentennial Generation - $50.00
- Contributors may attend Dessert with the Mayor at City Hall.
150 Club Member Donor - $150.00
- Personalized 4 x 8” brick to be installed at City Hall
2019 Era Sponsor - $500.00
- All 150 Club Member Donor benefits, plus:
- Recognition in the City newsletter, the Highlander (mailed to all residents and business owners in Highland Park);
- Recognition on the City website (25,000+ views annually); and
- Recognition in the City’s eNews (6,000+ Subscribers).
1969 Centennial Sponsor - $1,000.00
- All 2019 Era Sponsor benefits, plus:
- Recognition on HP 150 event signage – name only (prominently displayed at HP 150 events throughout the year);
- Plaque at City Hall; and
- Two free Highland Park branded items.
1919 Centurion Sponsor - $2500.00
- All 1969 Centennial Sponsor benefits, plus:
- Recognition on HP 150 event signage with logo (prominently displayed at HP 150 events throughout the year);
- Recognition in social media postings (over 4,000+ active followers);
- Recognition in the HP 150 commemorative book; and
- Lunch with the Mayor and City Manager.
1869 Millennial Sponsor - $5,000.00
- All 1919 Centurion Sponsor benefits, plus:
- Top two sponsors’ logos will be added to all press material (press releases, invitations, etc.);
- Photo/ logo on rotating slides on front page of City website for 2019;
- Recognition at a City Hall Council Meeting (aired on Public Access Television);
- Recognition in all HP 150 Promotional Materials (flyers, signage, electronic boards, advertisements, etc.); and
- Public Access Television Interview (aired on Public Access Television throughout 2019 with a copy made for the sponsor).
HP 150 Committees
Mayor Nancy Rotering established an HP150 Steering Committee in January 2017 to plan and guide the celebrations of the City and its people. The Steering Committee consists of government officials, community leaders, residents and businesses owners. The City held a public “idea summits” on May 10 and 16, 2017, to encourage communitywide brainstorming. Nearly 200 ideas were generated from the summits.
Nine subcommittees consisting of Communications, Art, Architecture, Service, Commemorative Book, the Big Bash, History and Archives, Business and Fundraising prepared work plans and event calendars for 2018-2019 based on ideas generated at the idea summits and during their subcommittee meetings. From these submissions, a Master Work Plan was drafted by City staff, taking into consideration opportunities to combine efforts, avoid duplication of events and programs, cost considerations and event fatigue.
To Join a Committee Please Complete the Online Application
The Master Plan is an overview of all planned activities, events, and initiatives and guides all planning efforts. View the HP150 Master Plan here.
Sesquicentennial Planning Meeting Agenda - October 22, 2018
Sesquicentennial Planning Meeting Agenda - January 18, 2018
Sesquicentennial Planning Meeting Agenda - March 15, 2017