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Highland Park in Lake County, Illinois, is one of several communities that lie on the shores of Lake Michigan in the area north of Chicago known as North Shore. Highland Park may be best known for the Ravinia Festival, North America’s oldest outdoor music festival and the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The city’s vibrant downtown includes several historic districts that highlight the development of the town through its architecture and historical associations. Interstate 94 and U.S. Highway 41 provide convenient north-south access to Chicago to the south and Wisconsin to the north.
This area of Illinois and parts of Michigan were inhabited by the Potawatomi tribe before European settlers arrived. The earliest documentation of white settlers in the area is in the 1830s. Treaties with the United States in the 1830s resulted in dispersal of the tribe to Oklahoma, Nebraska and other territories to open the way for American and European settlement.
The area sits on bluffs above Lake Michigan with native vegetation of hardwood forests, prairie and marshland, making it an attractive area for new settlement and farming. Several ravines that traverse the town and drain into the lake retain stands of native forest even today.
Lake County was created in 1849, and the town of Highland Park was incorporated in 1869 with a population of 500. Highland Park is home to four historic districts listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The districts are predominantly residential and important for architectural styles including Prairie Style, Tudor, Italianate, Miesian International and Victorian. The local historical society and city planning commission recognizes three additional districts. Properties date between the 1840s and the mid-twentieth century, with many from the 1880s, 1920s and 1930s.
The Green Bay, Milwaukee & Chicago Railway Company extended rail lines from Milwaukee through Illinois during the 1850s, providing an important communication and transportation link with Chicago and other major cities. Today, commuter rail lines provide north-south connections to Chicago and Wisconsin.
Whether you like outdoor activities, sightseeing or cultural events, Highland Park has something for everyone. The city’s park district maintains over 600 acres and 44 parks that offer hiking, biking, team sports, an 18-hole golf course, indoor ice skating rink and a nature reserve. The Great Lakes Naval Station is the largest military facility in the state, and all new naval cadets must pass through it before starting duty. It is just a few miles north of Highland Park in the town of Great Lakes.
Fort Sheridan, initially called Camp Highwood, was established in 1887. It became an important staging area for overseas military operations during the Spanish-American War and both world wars. The fort was closed in 1993, although the Army retains a portion of the fort as a reserve center. A 110-acre historic district listed in the National Register includes 94 buildings and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1984. The Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve includes a 1.3-mile trail along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Hiking, historical information and recreational activities are some of the fun things to do.
If shopping is among your favorite activities, the downtown area offers both locally-owned businesses and national chains. Restaurants include quick eateries, sit-down dining and local homemade confections.
Carefree Comfort is a family owned and operated business that has provided heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) services in the North Shore area for more than 25 years. Our A+ rating from the Chicago Better Business Bureau shows our commitment to our customers in delivering quality services with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. Our technicians are certified in both core competencies and specialties by the industry standard in HVAC technician certification, North American Technician Excellence (NATE). As factory authorized representatives of Bryant, our technicians undergo rigorous training to provide heating and air conditioning service for your home or business.
We belong to the Comfort 24-7 network, providing friendly service to your neighborhood or community as part of the greater Chicagoland service area. Our services include:
With winter lows falling well below freezing and summer highs over 85 degrees F with high humidity in the North Shore area, air conditioning and heating are required for indoor comfort. We provide energy assessments and recommend appropriate equipment that best suits your site and budget.