Are there any cute restaurants or cafes for lunch that have views of Lake Michigan in or around Highland Park area?
Downtown Highland Park is about 3 blocks inland from Lake Michigan. The area in between is residential and the view is obstructed by trees.
Same applies for most/all towns on the north shore.
Generally all the north shore lakefront is either beach or private houses. There's really nowhere with a restaurant that has views of the lake.
Best option is to grab a meal to go and take it to a suitable lakefront location. I plan to execute this scheme tomorrow in downtown Evanston, weather permitting.Edited: 06 April 2013, 06:57