PO Box 305
Highwood, IL 60040
Blending the past and present
with exciting new plans for the future
Highwood was founded in 1868 by William Wallace Everts, a Chicago civic leader and world-renown educator. His concept of a family-based community has endured for more than a century. The beautiful Everts Park, in the heart of downtown Highwood, has been named in the founder's honor. Benches and trees in the park celebrate and remember people who, through turbulent times and peaceful ones, built and sustained the community. Many of Highwood's street names recall Everts' family and friends whom the founder encouraged to build homes here. Residents of Swedish, Irish, Italian, Latino and other heritages have since populated the community, each enriching the community through their cultural traditions. The Village of Highwood was incorporated in 1887. The name briefly became Village of Fort Sheridan and then City of Fort Sheridan. In 1904, the community officially became known as the City of Highwood. Fort Sheridan, a former army base northeast of the City, has had a profound influence on Highwood's development, and it continues to do so today as part of its land, incorporated into the City, nearly doubled Highwood in size. Today, Highwood is blending the past and present with exciting new plans for its future.
Highwood Public Library appeals to residents of all ages through its wide variety of services. Storybook hours, themeprograms, and parties, all inspire the imaginations of younger patrons and contribute to a love of reading. Older youths and adults are drawn to the Internet, videos, DVDs, books on tape, CDs, and abundant materials for reference and
A cheerful fireplace setting appeals to people reading papers and magazines or getting acquainted with the classics and best-sellers. The Library’s Cultural Resource Exchange Center houses foreign language materials in print, computer, and visual-aid formats. English as a second language classes are offered free of charge. The Center also houses an art
gallery and multicultural displays.
The Library is a member of the North Suburban Library System, which provides interlibrary loans and reciprocal borrowing privileges.
Highwood Library: 102 Highwood Ave., 847-432-5404
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., Noon-7 p.m., Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fun for the Family
Each season brings new programs and the renewal of popular ones at the Highwood Recreation Center. Baseball, basketball, and karate programs offer youths an opportunity to develop skills and enjoy team spirit. Younger children (K-5) may join the Summer Day Camp program with its crafts, field trips, games, and play at the Tot Lot in Everts Park. Experts in various sports fields take charge of seasonal activities, all working with the director, the staff, and the Recreation Board. The center is proud of its championship teams and brings cheering sections to its Travel League games. The Center is popular, too, as the setting for private party rentals and meetings.
Recreation Center: 428 Green Bay Rd., 847-432-6633
Ball Field: Western Avenue
Tot Lot: North Avenue
Players from across the nation visit the Highwood Bocce Club at 440 Bank Lane. The Club is famed for its fine facilities and as host of the 1996 and 2003 World Cup Championships. If you are interested in discovering how fun Bocce is to play, join one of the many leagues open to the public. The Club is available for rental for private parties. 847-926-8118.
The Robert McClory Bicycle Path, connecting the southern border of Wisconsin to Wilmette, runs through Highwood immediately east of the railroad tracks.