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Business

Twenty-five miles north of Chicago's Loop, the City of Highland Park is nestled along beautiful Lake Michigan, at the heart of the metropolitan area's most affluent residential markets. Highland Park is a thriving community with a diverse population of over 29,000, a stable economic base, top-rated schools, and a university-affiliated hospital, offering some of the most unique business opportunities in Lake County.  It is easily accessible from Route 41, I-94, I-294, and is served by Pace Bus and Metra. From one end to the other, Highland Park's business community is diverse and growing, with nine commercial districts conveniently located throughout the City.

“Rich in tradition and culture, the City of Highland Park is a sparkling example of the good life," says the Chicago Tribune.  The City offers excellent business prospects along with a mix of residential tranquility, first-rate cultural and entertainment venues, and the natural beauty of beaches and parks.  It is truly a great place to establish a business, and to live, work, and enjoy.

The vibrant downtown shopping district is an upscale urban outdoor shopping center filled with unique boutiques and shops, as well as national chains, and exceptional restaurants. The City’s eight other business districts range from quaint neighborhoods with retailers, service businesses, and restaurants to frontage along the highway, and lined with car dealerships, service businesses, and national retailers.  

Highland Park businesses enjoy the benefit of an active Office of Business Development, Business and Economic Development CommissionChamber of Commerce and Highland Park Downtown Alliance, which together help to promote a favorable business climate and community by providing leadership for the improvement of economic, civil, cultural and social interests. 

Business Development Strategic Plan
The Business Development Strategic Plan sets forth an ambitious, yet achievable, strategic business development agenda for the City of Highland Park for calendar years 2017 - 2019. 

The purpose of the Plan is to articulate a set of measurable strategies and actions to facilitate economic growth and new opportunities in the City.  The Plan identifies efforts to be made and strategies to follow to work collaboratively with property owners, businesses, retailers, brokers, consultants and others for continued economic prosperity and enhanced vitality of the City of Highland Park.  The Plan is intended to provide guidance and direction for business development efforts within the City.

Below you will find a link to the strategic plan delivered to City Council on February 27, 2017. 

Business Development Strategic Plan 2017