The City of Highland Parks runs the Taste of Highland in conjunction
with the Port Clinton Art Festival. The Taste of Highland provides an
opportunity for local food related establishments to sell food products
and allow people to taste their food products. Thus, it is an excellent
opportunity for vendors to gain exposure to potential new customers.
Both events are important annual events in the greater Chicago area.
These events attract hundreds of thousands of people and thus need to be
well planned to ensure everyone remains safe, while enjoying themselves
at the Taste of Highland Park Event.
Planning for a big event like the Taste of Highland Park requires
accurate information regarding the location of event activities and the
effect the event on the immediate vicinity. Carolyn Hersch from the
City of Highland Park Economic Development requested that the GIS
department create some maps to help visualize the location of event
There were two final products used in event planning. The first map
showed the location of the Taste of Highland Park Event Performance
Stage. It showed the location of the stage, electric generators, sound
booth, and electric lines.
The second map showed the extent of the entire Taste of Highland Park
Event. The reader can see a portion of the map in the image on the
right side. This map displayed the location barricades for closing
streets, The Police Command Center, and other important public safety
items. It also showed the location of vendor booths and the location of
other things used in support of the overall event. Finally it showed
the location of Port Clinton Art Festival booths, to ensure there were
no overlapping conflicts between the two events
The Highland Park GIS program provided two highly accurate graphics
to assist the Planning of the Taste of Highland Park. Because the
products were digital, they were easy to update as the locations of
activities move, during the planning and review for the Taste of
Highland Park. Through the use of GIS information was efficiently
updated and quickly provided to the planners of the event.