Did Highland Park Get Snubbed on 'Most Exciting' Burb List?

Evanston was the only Illinois suburb to make the list. Do you think it deserves the spot? Should Highland Park — or another Chicago suburb — have made the list?

Agree or disagree: Highland Park should've made a top ten list as one of the "most exciting" suburbs in the Chicago area?  

While it didn't make real estate blog Movoto "most exciting" list, one Chicago suburb did. Evanston ranked No. 10 on Movoto's list and was the only Illinois burb on there. 

Evanston's blurb reads: "One of Chicago’s suburbs, Evanston placed fifth overall in terms of youthful residents and in the top 25 for nightlife."

Cambridge, MA was the top choice. Berkeley and Santa Monica, CA made the list, as did Miami Beach, FL and Tempe, AZ. 

What do you think? Does Highland Park deserve its spot on the list? Does Evanston? Any other Chicago suburbs that you think got snubbed?
Dan Cox January 30, 2014 at 05:29 PM
Highland Park is part of Lake County...Forbes #9 most miserible place to live, in the entire nation!
forest barbieri January 30, 2014 at 05:56 PM
Some of us in Highland Park have a distorted view of what our city is and is not. It is a great place to raise a family, we have good schools, relative safety if you exclude our drivers and a decent array of restaurants and shopping with a train stop within easy commuting distance to the city. We are not some scenic , hi energy, historic hamlet, nestled by the sea that people clamor to visit...(Forget the crazy hotel ideas that periodically pop up). Therefore, it makes sense that we would not be on a most exciting suburb list. I mean Cambridge, Ma, Santa Monica, Miami Beach are on the list....good ole HP....it is our nice little sleepy village and that is how we like it.
forest barbieri January 30, 2014 at 06:16 PM
@ Dan Cox Excuse me but Round Lake is also in Lake county and I am betting that any list including Forbes naming Lake County one of the the most miserable places to live in the nation excluded towns like Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff....unless of course they were talking about our taxes:)
Highlands HP'er January 30, 2014 at 06:20 PM
Nice? Sure. Exciting? Don't get carried away. Theres more excitement in highwood than Hp. Ravinia is the only strong draw for young people. Everything else is more laid back.... and that's fine.
Stu Pidasso January 30, 2014 at 11:21 PM
This town is down by 9 pm.... Hard to make the most exciting list with hours like that!!
VGN January 31, 2014 at 08:57 AM
@ forest barbieri What is it with the drivers around here?!? I moved to HP fairly recently and loved the walkability of the place. But I feel like I'm taking my life in my hands sometimes when walking. I was in a crosswalk in Highwood and some dude nudged me with his car!
MC January 31, 2014 at 09:20 AM
Highland Park is a fabulous place to live and raise a family. You really cant compare it to Evanston, with Northwestern University and all of the culture events and festivals that Evanston's diverse population has to offer. Luckily, it is only a 20 minute drive away, along some of the most beautiful stretch of land in the country.
Edie Simons January 31, 2014 at 10:04 AM
I just moved here from Bloomfield Hills, MI one year ago, that area is more exciting. I've looked, there isn't one true dance club here! Outrageous, and boring!!!
David Greenberg January 31, 2014 at 12:42 PM
HP: Nice and quiet - just as we found it when we left the City all those years ago... and as we like it. If you want excitement - take a trip down to Chiraq... ummm, Chicago and have at it.
Stu Pidasso January 31, 2014 at 01:19 PM
Edie; suggestion: MOVE back to Michigan if you do not like it here!!
Stuart Senescu January 31, 2014 at 01:19 PM
1. With respect to cars and walkers remember this rule: Cars win all ties. and with that walking around HP is not a problem. 2. HP is the biggest 'burb north of Evanston and the most lively. The town does not roll up at 9pm, 10pm maybe. And since there is central district, the quietness of the residential areas is perfect for families. Be thankful that Central Street, St. Johns and Green Bay are not the urban moats of Deerfield or Waukegan Rds of our neighbor to the west.
Dan Cox January 31, 2014 at 02:47 PM
Ah, The Mean Weiner of Highwood beats most of the over priced and snooty places in Highland Park!
Meshephelous January 31, 2014 at 04:45 PM
HP is not a very exciting place. Terrible drivers. Hypersensitive police. Authoritarian micromanagement by City agencies. There are a few overpriced bars. There are no 20-somethings to fill them. There are no attractive singles. . . Thank god I'm married, 30-something, and get my kicks in Highwood.
Stuart Senescu January 31, 2014 at 04:57 PM
Mes, the target market for people who are single & in their 20s is Chicago. The bars in HP aren't looking for 21 year olds. Please don't drive into HP after drinking in HW. I get no kicks from champagne; mere alcohol doesn't thrill me at all.
Meshephelous January 31, 2014 at 05:12 PM
"I get no kicks from champagne; mere alcohol doesn't thrill me at all. " ; ; ; ; ; ; You and the rest of Highland Park, unfortunately.
Benny G. February 11, 2014 at 07:04 PM
These kinds of lists are complete horseshit regardless that they got this one right anyway...


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