Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Highlights of the North Shore's Highland Park Community!

It’s hard to believe the holidays are over and we’ve reached a new year! Having a fresh start always seems to lift the spirits of the after-the-holidays blues. As winter settles in around Chicago’s North Shore, you may be wondering if there’s anything to do to maintain a vibrant approach to winter’s chill.

Today I’d like to highlight the North Shore town of Highland Park, which has much to offer and will keep you connected and interacting within this charming community all season long! Whether you enjoy live music, shopping, going to the theatre or an evening out at a great restaurant with friends; you’ll find something to fit your lifestyle in Highland Park.

The downtown Highland Park Alliance, founded in 2008, has worked on building an exciting downtown community which also brings local businesses together under the umbrella of building into the area they’re serving. A recent feature that the HPA has promoted is Late Night HP, in which businesses are encouraged to stay open later on Fridays and Saturdays to encourage residents to stay local and enjoy all that Highland Park has to offer. Late Night HP also tries to build into the young artists and musicians in the area as their works and music can be enjoyed at the various shops and restaurants.

If you were hoping to find something to do in Chicago’s North Shore this weekend; Highland Park may be just the place to get together with friends or family! Below are a few options that will give you a taste of this great North Shore city.

Things to Do

Highland Park Pops
- A 17-piece big band that plays swing tunes, jazz favorites, dance music and big band standards, the Highland Park Pops has resided in Highland Park for over two decades. Sponsored by the Park District of Highland Park, they perform frequently throughout the community.

Music Theatre Company
1850 Green Bay Road , Highland Park
- The Music Theatre Company is committed to developing new musicals that engage the community of Highland Park in an ongoing social, cultural and political dialogue.

Highland Park Strings
- A family-friendly orchestra that has been entertaining the people of Highland Park since 1979. To date, the Strings have a repertoire of more than 240 works spanning three centuries!

The Comic Thread: Original Live Sketch Comedy
Highland Park
-Highland Park's only resident comedy troupe! The Comic Thread (TCT) blends all-original written sketches to creative cohesive, full-length, narrative stories.Bitter Jester Creative, an award-winning film, video, and theatre production company based in Highland Park, produces the troupe.

Places to Eat

Phoenicia Mediterranean Cuisine
1910 First St, Highland Park
- Phoenicia Mediterranean Cuisine is a fine dining Mediterranean restaurant offering the hospitality and foods of eastern Mediterranean culture.

Rosebud of Highland Park
610 Central Ave. Suite 177, Highland Park
- Experience an extraordinary meal made with authentic Italian recipes passed down from generation to generation at Rosebud. Conveniently located in the heart of Highland Park's downtown shopping and entertainment district!

Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant
474 Central Ave, Highland Park
- Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant was voted #1 in North Shore Magazine for Best Mexican Cuisine three years in a row. They offer delicious food - homemade daily, including mouthwatering steak, shrimp, and vegetarian fajitas.

The BBQ Pit
589 Elm Pl, Highland Park
- The BBQ Pit is a family-owned and -run business established in 1978. The meat on the menu is still the same with additions every so often to keep up with changing habits. All their BBQ items are the house specialty. They also offer sandwiches and a variety of Greek and other specialty salads.

For a list of more restaurants, things to do or a list of stores in downtown Highland Park, visit the Downtown Highland Park website.

Highland Park is just one of the exciting North Shore cities in which to live! If you have any questions about moving to Highland Park or Chicago’s North Shore; please let me know. I enjoy helping people find the North Shore home that best fits their needs and lifestyle. Visiting Highland Park this weekend and taking advantage of the shops, entertainment and restaurants will give you a feel for the environment and lifestyle! Feel free to contact me as well and I can give you a tour of the area and the Highland Park homes that are currently on the market!

I look forward to hearing from you!

Janie Bress

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