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HP 150 Celebration

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. 
 Watermark HP Map 2019 for website
Artistic Map of Highland Park coming soon in the HP150 web store.

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. 

Get Involved 

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

Event   Date 
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
HP150 Apparel and Merchandise Store Open (Artistic Map of Highland Park) April TBD
Focus on the Arts
Night of Italian Songs (Sister Cities Foundation event)
Highland Park's Voices of the Past
April 9 - 12
April 10
April 13
Arbor Day
April 27
Mexico's Day of the Child, el Dia del Niño (Sister Cities Foundation event)  April 27
Historic Home Celebration  April - May
Art in Highland Park Tour
Architecture Bus Tour
Hollywood in Highland Park Tour

HP150 Highland Park Strings Concert at Highland Park High School
May 11
May 11
May 11
May 19
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)
July 4
Commemorative Book Release July TBD
National Night Out August 6
North Shore Venetian Night August 17
Port Clinton Art Festival / Taste of Highland Park  August 23-25
Stupey Cabin Harvest Fest and Tours September 14
Open Doors Highland Park 
September 28
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

HP150 Sponsors

  Lead Sponsor
Millennial Sponsor 
 Highland Park Bank and Trust USE        
First Bank of Highland Park
Centennial Sponsor
 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
 Jeffrey Zivin  
 Ronald S. Katch  
 Menoni & Mocogni, Inc.  
 Pasquesi Plumbing  
 Highland Park City Council  
 Carol S. Honigberg  

Become a Sponsor

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

Sesquicentennial Planning Meeting Agenda - October 22, 2018
Sesquicentennial Planning Meeting Agenda - January 18, 2018
Sesquicentennial Planning Meeting Agenda - March 15, 2017