The City of Highland Park will celebrate its sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) throughout 2019. The HP150 Master Plan, which was created to guide the City’s sesquicentennial planning efforts, was presented to City Council at the April 23 Committee of the Whole Meeting. The master plan suggests a number of fun, family-friendly communitywide events and programs including events, art projects, cultural opportunities, service projects, live entertainment, food and fireworks.
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. Through the process partnerships will form, connections will be fostered, and history will be made.
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.
Festivities are slated to start in January 2019 and continue through December 2019. Any person, company or organization wishing to participate or sponsor HP150 festivities is encouraged to get involved.
For additional information, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 847.926.1000 or visit cityhpil.com.
Sesquicentennial Planning Meeting Agenda - January 18, 2018
Sesquicentennial Planning Meeting Agenda - March 15, 2017
HP 150 Committees
- Commemorative Book
- History & Archives
- Service Projects
- The Big Bash
To Join a Committee Please Complete the Online Application
HP150 Master Work Plan
The HP150 Master Plan was presented at the April 23, 2018 Committee of the Whole Meeting and is available for review here.
Logo Contest Winner
With a blind vote on more than 20 entiries, the HP 150 Committee also selected the official commemorative logo to brand all sesquicentennial events. The winning design by Alison Galston incorporates the official city seal. It may also be used as the 2019 vehicle sticker and on merchandise and promotional items associated with the celebrations.
HP150 Idea Summit
The City hosted a two-day idea summit on May 10 and May 16 open to the public to generate ideas on how to celebrate Highland Park's sesquiennial. The ideas generated at the summit have been compiled and will be shared with the City Council and Steering Committee as the plans for the anniversary celebration develop.