Highwood is a North Shore suburb of Chicago in Moraine Township, Lake County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population was 5,074. It is known for its entertainment, restaurants, bars, and festivals.
Highwood is located in southeastern Lake County at , on a ridge above the elevation of Lake Michigan.
According to the 2010 census, Highwood has a total area of , all land.
The city is located next to Highland Park and Fort Sheridan, and south of the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve.
Originally, the land was owned by the Potawatomi until it was ceded to the United States through the 1833 Treaty of Chicago. The first non-Native American settled in the town in 1846. In 1851 Highwood became the headquarter location of the Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad, which ran parallel to the Chicago and North Western Railway, and is known today as Metra's Union Pacific / North Line. Thomas Curley suggested the name High Woods beca