The Art Center of Highland Park (TAC)

TAC is dedicated to education in the visual arts through classes, outreach programs, gallery exhibitions and events. TAC is a community-based organization that has been in existence for 54 years, whose goal is to ensure access to the arts for all ages and cultural interests. TAC inspires everyone from children through seniors to achieve and transform their world through more than 400 classes offered annually.



East on Central

East on Central is an annual literary and arts journal devoted to the creative work of adults in our community. East on Central also offers periodic “creative encounters” that allow artists and writers to interact with one another.

Focus on the Arts

Focus on the Arts is a three-day, four-night biennial event that exposes thousands of students and our community to the visual, performing, and communication arts. All events take place at Highland Park High School and are free of charge. The mission of Focus is to increase appreciation and understanding of the arts and of arts professionals. The 26th celebration will be held in April 2017.


Food Truck Thursdays,
Music at Jens Jensen Park

Ravinia Business District’s “Food Truck Thursdays” free live music concert runs weekly throughout the summer at Jens Jensen Park, and is supported by the Highland Park Community Foundation as the trustee for the Friends of Jens Jensen community group.

Midwest Young Artists

The primary goal of Midwest Young Artists is to provide the highest quality music education to young musicians in order to encourage their individual, artistic and personal development in a supportive environment. From classical, jazz and choral ensemble instruction to music and movement, MYA offers a full range of musical training to youth, from toddlers to pre-college students.

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Pilgrim Chamber Players

The Pilgrim Chamber Players have been performing innovative chamber music concerts in the Highland Park community for 18 years. The Pilgrim Players present concerts at the Highland Park Senior Center as well as programs for school age children of HP. Guest artists include John Sharp, David Taylor of the CSO and many other great musicians.