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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 by Mark McMahon now available 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. 

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.

Purchase an HP150 Commemorative Book
Purchase your HP150 Commemorative Book today! The book is filled with rich city history, historic and current photographs, and an eloquent overview of the 2019 celebrations. Books can be picked up at City Hall, 1707 St. Johns once they are available.

To order a book, please visit City Hall or send a check and the attached information to: 

City Hall
1707 St. Johns Ave. 
Highland Park, IL 60035
Attn. Jennifer Dotson/ Commemorative Book

Price  - $25

Shipping is available for an additional $5 for one book or $10 for two - four books. 

Purchase a Personalized HP150 Donor Brick 
Back by popular demand - the City of Highland Park invites the community to participate in the final call for the “Donor Brick Program” to support the Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2019. The bricks purchased through the second-round of the program will join the first round of bricks already installed at the newly named Sesquicentennial Park at the intersection of Deerfield Road, Hickory Street, and Laurel Avenue in spring of 2020.

This is a final call for this unique and timeless opportunity for recognizing individuals, schools, teams or businesses with a brick, or a series of bricks, featuring a personalized message or name. The commemorative bricks are 4” x 8” crafted with a customized message rendered in deep-relief. Each paver can be inscribed with up to 3 lines and up to 13 characters per line. Placement of bricks will be random. Cost per brick including engraving is $150.

Second round Brick Orders are due to City Hall by November 18, 2019 at 5 PM.

Brick Form 

Get Involved 

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
Go Highland Park Community Walk
HP150 Historic Bike Tour
HP150 Bitter Jester Music Festival 
June 8
June 29
June - July
Big Bash, Fourth Fest, Parade, and Fireworks 
(Entertainment, Birthday Cake, Pie Eating Contest, Relay Races, and Other Family-Friendly Games)
July 4
National Night Out
North Shore Venetian Night
Port Clinton Art Festival
Food Truck Thursdays
August 6
August 17
August 24-25
June - September
Ravinia Farmers Market
June - October
Pieces of History Puzzle Project  August - September
Stupey Cabin Harvest Fest and Tours
September 14
HP150 Quilt Unveiling
Open Doors Highland Park 

September 23
September 28
HP150 Fire Department Pancake Breakfast
HP150 Sculpture Unveiling 
October 6
October 29
Sesquicentennial Time Capsule Dedication 
HP150 Light Up the Night
November 12
November 16
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  

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.

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