The City is governed by the council-manager form of government. The City Council
consists of seven members, including an elected mayor and six councilmembers. Elections are held every four years for mayor and three of the six councilmember terms that expire at the same time. A professional City Manager
and staff who are experienced in city management handle the day-to-day operations of the City. The City has a number of commissions comprised of citizen volunteers who take an active role in City policy making.
Please find the City's Organization Chart here
The mission of the City of Highland Park municipal government is to provide high quality services to our community through collaborative, effective and transparent governance in an efficient and fiscally responsible manner.
The City of Highland Park municipal government is committed to: 1) fiscal stability; 2) public safety; 3) infrastructure investment; and 4) community vibrancy.
City Work Plan Focuses on Core Priorities in 2016: Fiscal Stability, Public Safety, Infrastructure Investment and Community Vibrancy
In the beginning of this year, the City presented its 2016 Work Plan which identified major public facing initiatives, significant actions anticipated for Council consideration, and other substantial department projects based on the foundation of the City’s key priorities – Fiscal Stability, Public Safety, Infrastructure Investment and Community Vibrancy. The work plan is reviewed and updated on a regular basis, and reports are provided to the Council on a quarterly basis. This past Monday, October 10, a third quarter update of the more than 150 projects and initiatives was presented by City Manager Ghida Neukirch at the City Council meeting.
City staff and the City Council work together to carry out every initiative in an effort to best serve residents, businesses and visitors. The defined projects include initiatives affecting the public, actions anticipated for City Council approval and other significant department initiatives. Key initiatives include implementation of the City's branding, redesign of the City’s FY 2017 budget; presentation to Council of a final draft design for Central Business District Streetscape Gateway and Wayfinding improvement; Letter of Intent and selected developer for the Highland Park Theater; implementations to Bike-Walk 2030 Plan, redesign of the Port Clinton Art Festival and Taste of Highland Park, among others.
The work plan can be found below. Initiatives and projects are organized by department and will be updated on this webpage and presented to the City Council on a quarterly basis.
For more information on the City's 2016 work plan, please contact the City Manager's Office at 847.926.1000.
2016 Work Plan - 3rd Quarter Update
2016 Work Plan - 2nd Quarter Update
2016 Work Plan - Presented January 11, 2016
2015 Work Plan, 1st Quarter Update - presented April 13, 2015
2015 Work Plan - presented February 9, 2015
2014 Work Plan - presented January 13, 2014
The City's Communications Plan incorporates six main goals or objectives and more than 20 strategies and initiatives. The main goals fall under the categories: Community Collaboration, Digital Communication, Two-Way Communication, Policy Considerations, Proactive Messaging, and Customer Service.
The complete Communications Plans can be found below. For more information on the City's Communications Plan, please contact Hayley Garard, Assistant to the City Manager, at
2017 - 2018 Communication Plan
2015-2016 Communications Plan
2014 Communications Plan
The year was 1869. Ulysses
S. Grant was sworn in as the 18th president of the United States. Mark Twain
had just published "Innocents Abroad" and the tiny town of Highland
Park, located in the southeast corner of Lake County, Illinois, was incorporated.
Its population was listed at 500.
In 2010, the United States Census calculated Highland Park's population to be
29,763 residents. Highland Park has grown to be a thriving community, diverse
in its population and abundant in its educational, recreational and business
Twenty-three miles north of the Chicago's Loop, the City of Highland Park is
nestled along beautiful Lake Michigan for nearly five miles. Highland Park is
bordered to the west by the City of Deerfield, with Glencoe to the south and
Lake Bluff, Bannockburn, Highwood and Lake Forest to the north.
Please visit census.gov to obtain information about Highland Park's population.
Abundant with ravines and wild flowers, the City has enhanced the community's backdrop with a carefully planned approach for reforestation, public flower gardens and preservation of open space. Annually, since 1980, the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters have awarded Highland Park their highest national honor, Tree City USA. Highland Park's neighborhoods are filled with the perfect mix of housing, ranging from historic colonials that date back to the mid-1800s, to award-winning contemporary homes and comfortable downtown condominiums. The City is accessible to one of Chicago's major expressways, Interstate 94, with the Illinois Tollway just minutes away and O'Hare International Airport only 18 miles away.
At the southern end of the City, on more than 36 acres of beautifully landscaped and wooded land, lies Ravinia Festival - Highland Park's world-class summer venue of the performing arts. The festival has been attracting lovers of music and dance from throughout Chicagoland and the world since 1899. More than 500,000 attendees enjoy the festival's 87-night season, which runs from early May until late September (the only consecutive-night summer offering in the country). Ravinia Festival features a 3,300-seat state-of-the-art pavilion, the 850 seat Martin Theatre, the Bennett-Gordon Recital Hall, five gourmet restaurants and a food court. Ravinia Festival offers something for everyone.