City of Highland Park Water Utility
Highland Park, Illinois 60035
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Population: 29,763
System: Water

Highland Park was founded in 1869 with a population of 500, and evolved from two settlements: St. John and Port Clinton. Located 25 miles north of downtown Chicago, the modern day suburban City of Highland Park sits on the southwest shore of Lake Michigan and has a total area of 12.2 square miles, with 0.27% being water and a population over 29,000. It was originally named after its parklike setting and lofty elevation.

Highland Park is home to two public beaches and the North Shore Yacht Club. Its geographic features allow for said beaches due to its 100-foot-elevated bluff running along 6 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. It features its own downtown shopping, the summer Ravinia Festival, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Highland Park has also been home to notable influencers, including Michael Jordan, Richard Marx, characters from The Good Wife, and many of the Chicago Bears. Additionally, its beautiful scenery has played setting to classic movies such as Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Home Alone.

The city has a number of sustainability initiatives which include the following programs Rain Barrel, Green Alliance, Preserving Our Natural Environment, Reduce-Reuse-Recycle, Energy Efficiency - Home/Business, Transportation, Water Conservation and Efficiency.