First settled in 1845 as the Lake Michigan shipping center of Port Clinton, Highland Park has upheld a proud tradition of gracious lakefront living for over 100 years. Situated on tall bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan, the community covers about 12 square miles with a mix of contemporary and traditional homes. The Ravinia area takes its name from ravines and is home to Ravinia Park, North America’s oldest music festival. Small boutique stores line the streets of historic downtown Highland Park and lead you into Port Clinton Square. The Ravinia Business District and the Crossroads Shopping Center highlight this bustling community’s many commercial and dining outlets. Highland Park students attend school in Districts 112 and 113, which include a number of elementary and middle school options, as well as Highland Park High School. Rosewood Beach is a national award-winning beach located along the shores of Lake Michigan. The restored beach area includes a nature cove for ecological programs, a guarded swimming beach and a boat launching ramp. A fully equipped community center, indoor ice rink, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, two public swimming pools, a 97-acre nature center, an 18-hole golf course, and some 340 acres of park land are among the facilities maintained by Highland Park’s Park District.
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