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Highwood is a quiet community located in Lake County on the North Shore of Chicago. As of the 2000 census, the population was 4,143 residents. Highwood is a neighbor to the city of Highland Park and the two communities share a school district and a weekly newspaper. The town of Highwood has an interesting history. Founded in 1887 in conjunction with the establishment of Fort Sheridan, the town had many bars and taverns that served the people of the Fort and the North Shore area. Highwood set the Guinness World Record for the most bars per square mile and had a nickname of "Whiskey Junction." President Theodore Roosevelt called it "the toughest town in America." Today it's known for having the some of the best restaurants outside the city of Chicago. With the closing of Fort Sheriden in 1993, the city of Highwood doubled in size with the annexation of the Fort Sheriden subdivision. Today, this lovely community blends past and present and offers many advantages for both residents and visitors. The Robert McClory Bicycle Path, which connects the southern border of Wisconsin to Wilmette, runs through Highwood immediately east of the railroad tracks. The public is also invited to enjoy an 18-hole golf course at the world-class Fort Sheridan Golf Club. Nearby, the city of Highland Park offers the Ravina Festival, home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition, the city of Chicago's shopping, restaurants, museums and other attractions is just minutes from Highwood.

Surrounding areas: Lake Forest, Illinois (2.9 mi), Waukegan, Illinois (11.4 mi), Oak Park, Illinois (12.2 mi), Gurnee, Illinois (13.1 mi), Port Barrington, Illinois (17.1 mi), Schaumburg, Illinois (18.5 mi), Lake Villa, Illinois (19.8 mi)

Highwood Vacation Rentals

Highwood Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Shoreline Lodge3330 Skokie Valley RdHighland Park, IL1.5 mi.(847) 432-7314
Deer Path Inn255 E Illinois RdLake Forest, IL3.1 mi.(847) 234-2280
Chicago Marriott Suites DeerfieldTwo Pkwy NDeerfield, IL3.2 mi.(847) 405-9666
Embassy Suites Chicago N Shore/Deerfield/N Brook1445 Lk Cook RdDeerfield, IL3.2 mi.(847) 945-4500
Marriott Suites Deerfield2 Pkwy NDeerfield, IL3.2 mi.(847) 405-9666
Residence Inn By Marriott Deerfield530 LK Cook RdDeerfield, IL3.2 mi.(847) 940-4644
Woodfield Suites2000 Lakeside DrBannockburn, IL3.8 mi.(847) 317-7300
Courtyard By Marriott Highland Park1505 Lake Cook RdHighland Park, IL4.0 mi.(847) 831-3338
Homewood Suites By Hilton Chicago/Lincolnshire10 Westminster WayLincolnshire, IL4.1 mi.(847) 945-9300
Courtyard By Marriott Deerfield800 Lake Cook RdDeerfield, IL4.4 mi.(847) 940-8222
Red Roof Inn Northbrook340 Waukegan RdNorthbrook, IL4.5 mi.(847) 205-1755
Harrison Conference Center136 Green Bay RdLake Bluff, IL4.8 mi.(847) 295-1100
Great Lakes MotelHwy 41 At Rt 137Lake Bluff, IL4.9 mi.(847) 689-1520
Hyatt Regency Deerfield1750 Lake Cook RdDeerfield, IL5.0 mi.(847) 945-3400
Renaissance Chicago North Shore933 Skokie BlvdNorthbrook, IL5.3 mi.(847) 498-6500
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites2600 Lk Cook RdRiverwoods, IL5.3 mi.(847) 374-0260
By The Way Motel123 Skokie BlvdLake Bluff, IL5.6 mi.(847) 234-1789
Sunset Motel511 Rockland RdLake Bluff, IL5.6 mi.(847) 234-4669
Twelve Oaks At Northbrook3220 Sanders Rd #2aNorthbrook, IL5.8 mi.(847) 827-7007
Hampton Inn & Suites1400 Milwaukee AveLincolnshire, IL6.2 mi.(847) 478-1400
Lincolnshire Courtyard505 Milwaukee AveLincolnshire, IL6.2 mi.(847) 634-9555
Marriott Hotel Lincolnshire10 Marriott DrLincolnshire, IL6.2 mi.(847) 634-0100
Homestead Studio Suites Hotel675 Woodlands PkwyVernon Hills, IL6.3 mi.(847) 955-1111
Extended Stay America1525 Busch PkwyBuffalo Grove, IL6.4 mi.(847) 215-0641
Springhill Suites By Marriott Lincolnshire300 Marriott DrLincolnshire, IL6.4 mi.(888) 287-9400
Staybridge Suites Hotel100 Barclay BlvdLincolnshire, IL6.5 mi.(847) 821-0002
Westin Chicago North Shore601 N Milwaukee AveWheeling, IL6.7 mi.(847) 777-6500
Extended Stay America215 N Milwaukee AveVernon Hills, IL6.8 mi.(847) 821-7101
Wishing Well Motel397 N Milwaukee AveWheeling, IL6.8 mi.(847) 537-3590
Amerisuites Vernon Hills450 N Milwaukee AveVernon Hills, IL7.1 mi.(847) 918-1400
Sleep Inn3250 Bittersweet AveLake Bluff, IL7.2 mi.(847) 578-9900
Red Carpet Inn N Chicago3207 Buckley RdNorth Chicago, IL7.5 mi.(847) 689-9400
Ron Ric Motel1415 22ND StNorth Chicago, IL7.8 mi.(847) 689-3100
Best Western Palwaukee Inn1090 S Milwaukee AveWheeling, IL7.8 mi.(847) 537-9100
Staybridge Suites Chicago-Glenview2600 Lehigh AveGlenview, IL7.9 mi.(847) 657-0002
Econo Lodge2315 Green Bay RdNorth Chicago, IL7.9 mi.(847) 689-4500
Hawthorn Suites Ltd975 North Lakeview PkwyVernon Hills, IL7.9 mi.(847) 367-8031
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites77 Buckley RdLibertyville, IL8.2 mi.(847) 549-7878
Exel Inn Prospect Heights540 Milwaukee AveProspect Heights, IL8.2 mi.(708) 459-0545
Wingate Inn Prospect Heights/Northbrook600 Milwaukee AveProspect Heights, IL8.2 mi.(847) 419-3600
Bed & Breakfast
Round Robin Guesthouse Bed & Breakfast Inn231 E Maple AveMundelein, IL10.0 mi.(847) 566-7664
Windy City Urban Inn607 W Deming PlChicago, IL21.3 mi.(773) 248-7091
Chicago IncChicago, IL26.3 mi.(312) 951-0085

Highwood Weather & Climate

Northeast Illinois , near Lake Michigan, lies midway between the Continental Divide and the Atlantic Ocean. The climate is typically continental with cold winters, warm summers, and frequent short fluctuations in temperature, humidity, cloudiness and wind direction. Lake Michigan greatly influences the climate of northeastern Illinois. The large thermal mass of the lake tends to moderate temperatures, causing cooler summers and warmer winters. Cool lake breezes provide relief from summer heat and the lake also tends to increase cloudiness and suppress summer precipitation. Winter precipitation is enhanced by lake-effect snows that occur when winds blow from the north or northeast. These winds allow air to pass over the relatively warm lake, boosting storm system energy and water content, leading to increased snowfall.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 30°F 13°F 1.89 in. -
February 35°F 18°F 1.56 in. -
March 44°F 27°F 2.50 in. -
April 55°F 36°F 3.70 in. -
May 67°F 46°F 3.59 in. -
June 77°F 55°F 3.86 in. -
July 83°F 62°F 3.50 in. -
August 81°F 61°F 4.84 in. -
September 74°F 53°F 3.24 in. -
October 63°F 41°F 2.70 in. -
November 48°F 32°F 3.22 in. -
December 35°F 20°F 2.20 in. -

Highwood Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Chicago Ohare International airport (ORD) located about 16 miles southwest of Highwood in Chicago, Illinois, the Du Page airport (DPA) located approximately 30 miles southwest of Highwood in Chicago / West Chicago, Illinois, the General Mitchell International airport (MKE) located roughly 51 miles north of Highwood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and finally the Greater Rockford airport (RFD) located around 65 miles west of Highwood in Rockford, Illinois.

Highwood Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Six Flags Great AmericaGurneeIL12.0 mi.
DinorexArlington HeightsIL12.1 mi.
JeepersHarwood HeightsIL16.8 mi.
DinorexAddisonIL21.3 mi.
KiddielandMelrose ParkIL21.5 mi.
Safari LandVilla ParkIL24.0 mi.
Enchanted CastleLombardIL25.0 mi.
Santa's VillageDundeeIL25.8 mi.
DinorexCrystal LakeIL25.9 mi.
House of KicksChicagoIL26.3 mi.
Haunted TrailsBurbankIL33.0 mi.
Sauzer's KiddielandScherervilleIN53.8 mi.
Deer Forest Fun ParkColomaMI77.0 mi.
Water Parks
Racing Rapids Action ParkEast DundeeIL24.8 mi.
Magic WatersCherry ValleyIL58.2 mi.
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI106.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Highland Park Country ClubHighland ParkIL1.1 mi.
Sunset Valley Golf CourseHighland ParkIL2.2 mi.
Deer Path Golf CourseLake ForestIL3.1 mi.
Lake Bluff Golf ClubLake BluffIL4.2 mi.
Seven Bridges Golf ClubWoodridgeIL4.2 mi.
Village Greens of WoodridgeWoodridgeIL4.2 mi.
Zigfield Troy Golf Range & Par 3WoodridgeIL4.2 mi.
Glencoe Golf ClubGlencoeIL4.7 mi.
Deerfield Golf ClubRiverwoodsIL5.3 mi.
Sportsmans Country ClubNorthbrookIL6.3 mi.
Willowhill Golf CourseNorthbrookIL6.3 mi.
Foss Park Golf CourseNorth ChicagoIL7.7 mi.
Chevy Chase Golf CourseWheelingIL7.8 mi.
White Deer Run Golf CourseVernon HillsIL8.1 mi.
Vernon Hills Golf CourseVernon HillsIL8.2 mi.
Libertyville Golf CourseLibertyvilleIL8.5 mi.
Winnetka Golf ClubWinnetkaIL8.7 mi.
Arlington Golf ClubGranite CityIL8.8 mi.
Indian Hill Golf ClubTiskilwaIL9.2 mi.
Kemper Lakes Golf ClubLong GroveIL9.5 mi.
Countryside Golf CourseMundeleinIL10.2 mi.
Four Winds Golf CourseMundeleinIL10.2 mi.
Pine Meadow Golf ClubMundeleinIL10.2 mi.
Steeple Chase Golf ClubMundeleinIL10.2 mi.
Village Green Country ClubMundeleinIL10.2 mi.
Rob Roy Golf CourseProspect HeightsIL10.3 mi.
Bonnie Brook Golf CourseWaukeganIL10.4 mi.
Wilmette Golf CourseWilmetteIL10.8 mi.
Bittersweet Golf ClubGurneeIL11.9 mi.
Chick Evans Golf CourseMorton GroveIL11.9 mi.
Ski Areas
SunburstKewaskumWI93.0 mi.
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI99.3 mi.
Swiss ValleyJonesMI105.4 mi.
State Parks
Illinois Beach State ParkIL13.8 mi. 
Moraine Hills State ParkIL22.9 mi. 
Chain O'Lakes State ParkIL24.8 mi. 
Big Foot Beach State ParkWI39.3 mi. 
Kohl Children's MuseumWilmetteIL10.6 mi.(Children's)
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and MuseumOak ParkIL22.5 mi.(History)
PullmanChicagoIL26.3 mi.(History)
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL26.3 mi.(History)
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian CultureChicagoIL26.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Museum of Online MuseumsChicagoIL26.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Peace MuseumChicagoIL26.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL26.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Ukrainian Institute of Modern ArtChicagoIL26.3 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy MuseumChicagoIL26.3 mi.(Science)
Chicago Academy of Sciences Nature MuseumChicagoIL26.3 mi.(Science)
Field Museum of Natural HistoryChicagoIL26.3 mi.(Science)
Museum of Science and IndustryChicagoIL26.3 mi.(Science)
Illinois Railway MuseumChicagoIL26.3 mi.(Technology)
Museum of Broadcast CommunicationsChicagoIL26.3 mi.(Technology)
Art Institute of ChicagoChicagoIL26.3 mi.(Art)
D'Arcy Museum of ArtChicagoIL26.3 mi.(Art)
David and Alfred Smart Museum of ArtChicagoIL26.3 mi.(Art)
Martin D'Arcy Museum of ArtChicagoIL26.3 mi.(Art)
Museum of Contemporary ArtChicagoIL26.3 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Lincoln Park Zoological GardensChicagoIL26.3 mi.
John G. Shedd AquariumChicagoIL26.3 mi.
Brookfield ZooBrookfieldIL26.8 mi.
Racine Zoological GardensRacineWI35.7 mi.
Milwaukee County Zoological GardensMilwaukeeWI57.4 mi.
Potawatomi ZooSouth BendIN88.2 mi.
Henry Vilas ZooMadisonWI100.4 mi.

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