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Gear Up For Summer in Downtown Highland Park

Summer shopping and entertainment made easy in Downtown Highland Park!

Summer shopping and entertainment made easy in Downtown Highland Park!

Whether you’re sending your kids to sleep away camp or looking for fun summer activities, Downtown Highland Park has it all! Don’t feel overwhelmed by all the shopping lists and planning, Downtown Highland Park is your one-stop-shop for all your summer needs.

“We are delighted that Downtown Highland Park has so much to offer for both kids and adults,” said Wendy Gimbel, Event Manager of the Highland Park CBD Public/Private Economic Alliance. “Growing a healthy and happy Downtown is one of the Alliance’s main goals.”

Shopping for camp equipment and clothes can seem like a daunting task, but you can easily complete your to-do list with a trip to Downtown Highland Park. Uncle Dan’s and Ross Cosmetics have all the essential camp items such as sleeping bags, chairs, toiletries, and clothing. For all the latest camp fashion trends stop by Campus Colors, Cargo for Boys, E Street Girls & Guys Shoppe, HP Tops, or Just 4 Friends. If new camp shoes are what you’re after stop by The Bootery, New Balance, ShoeFly, or Running Right. For the “kid-sick” parents, Beanstalk and Tales and Toys have everything you need for the ideal care package, including lanyard, card games, string boxes, and comic books.

Downtown Highland Park isn’t just a shopping destination, families can also help their kids learn new skills while having fun in Downtown Highland Park. Sign your kids up for Triple Treat Art Camp where they will have the opportunity to learn knitting at Mia Bella, paint ceramics at FiredWorks, and learn beading techniques at Chelsea's Beads. For $250.00 kids will learn different art techniques and enjoy lunch from ArrivaDolce. If Mixed Media Madness and Recycled Sculpture sound entertaining, enroll your child in summer art classes at Blue Rose Gift Gallery. The Art Center is also offering a variety of classes this summer for art lovers of all ages. From figure drawing to painting, mosaics to copper etching and digital photography, The Art Center is sure to have a class that’s just right for you or your children. In addition, The Art Center has entered into a joint venture with the Tribeca Flashpoint Academy in Chicago to teach a film making class to high school students.

While you’re spending time with your family this summer take advantage of all the great lunch and snack options in Downtown Highland Park. For a fun family lunch check out The BBQ Pit, City Park Grill, Country Kitchen, Michael’s Hot Dogs, Once Upon A Bagel, Real Urban BBQ, Stash’s Grill, or Walker Bros. If you’re looking for a sweet treat stop by Dairy Queen, Frost Gelato, Highland Pop, Love’s, Marla’s Sweet Bites, Menchie’s or Turtle’s Cupcakes.

The Downtown Highland Park Alliance is a public-private partnership of the Highland Park CBD Property Owners Association, the City of Highland Park and the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce. The Alliance was founded in 2008 to enhance the economic vitality of Downtown Highland Park. The operations and promotions of the Alliance are funded by a Special Service Area commercial property tax currently authorized through 2013. For more information visit or call 847.780.4293.

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