Park Ridge at a Glance

 

Overview:

Population: 37,480 (2010 Census)
 
 
Size: 7.1 square miles; Residential land: 48%; commercial: 5%; public, institutional, park, open spaces: 24%; transportation & utilities: 23%
 
Location: Adjacent to the City of Chicago, 14 miles northwest of downtown Chicago; 2 miles east of O’Hare Airport.
 
Form of Government: Mayor/city manager/city council; 1 alderman elected from each of 7 wards.
 
Miscellaneous: Area code: 847; Zip code: 60068
 
 

DEMOGRAPHICS:

Park Ridge Median Income: $85,897
 
Park Ridge Family Income: $108,037
 
Park Ridge Per Capita Income: $44,868
 
Median Age: 44.8
 
Number of Housing Units: 15,030 82% Owner Occupied
 
Average Household Size: 2.66 persons
 

Housing Stock: 77% single family detached; 23% multi-family & townhomes


CITY PARTICULARS:

Transportation: Metra Commuter Train Stations: Uptown; Dee Road; Metra buses: 209, 241, 290; 68; CTA Rapid Transit; Park Ridge Taxi; Kennedy Expressway; Tri-State Tollway
 
Largest Employers: Lutheran General Hospital (Advocate Health Care System), School District 207; City of Park Ridge, Park Ridge Public Library, and Rainbow Hospice
 
Employment: 1,752 businesses located in Park Ridge with 18,563 employees and an  unemployment rate of 8.2% August, 2011
 
Main shopping areas: Uptown; Summit Mall; South Park; Village Green; Crossroads
 
Local Newspapers: Park Ridge Herald-Advocate (Pioneer Press); Park Ridge Journal (Journal & Topics); The Bugle
 


OTHER GOVERNMENTAL UNITS:

State, National & County Elected Officials:

Township governments: Leyden; Maine; Norwood
 
School Districts: Oakton Community College, District 535; Maine Township High School District 207; Elementary Consolidated School District 64; various parochial/private schools
 
Park District: Park Ridge Recreation and Park District
 
First Place Governor Home Town Awards
         2012:   Ianelli Studios - Kalo Foundation
         2001:   Brickton Art Center
        1998:    Park Ridge Civic Orchestra
        1997:    Park Ridge Center of Concern
        1992:    Park Ridge Economic Development Corporation
 
 

PARK RIDGE HISTORY:

First settled: Mid-1830s (land from Pottawatomi Indians)

Village founded: July 4, 1873, name changed to Park Ridge Incorporated: April 19, 1910

Former names: Pennyville; Brickton (1855)
 
 

FAMOUS CITIZENS:

Hillary Rodham Clinton (former address: 235 Wisner, 5th Ward)


Frederick Goudy, invented 120 typefaces

Grant Wood, student at the Kalo Workshop

Eugene Kupjack, miniaturist; works displayed at the Chicago Art Institute

Alfonso Iannelli, Sculptor (designed elements of the Pickwick Theater)

Actors: Harrison Ford, Jim Pankow, John Pankow

Actresses: Karen Black, Carrie Snodgrass

Steve Goodman, Folk Singer and Songwriter

Nancy Swider-Peltz Jr., 4-time Speed Skating Olympian

David Neil Santee, World Silver Figure Skating medalist and 8-time US National Figure Skating medalist

 

FAMOUS LANDMARKS:

Alfonso Iannelli Studios: Located at 255 N Northwest Hwy (northeast corner at elm)

Pickwick Theatre: Art Deco masterpiece on Prospect Ave at Touhy in Uptown Park Ridge is on the National Register of Historic Places

Small stone building on the Park Ridge Youth Campus, formerly Park Ridge Schoolf for Girls on Prospect Ave is on the National Register of Historic Places

 

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Park Ridge Community Health Fair planned for June 22
The Health Fair will showcase a variety of businesses and organizations that promote health, both personal and environmental.​
Farmers Market opens this Saturday
Come visit us at the Farmer's Market which opens this coming Saturday, May 25.
Park Ridge Fire Department Responds to Fire at Franklin School
On Sunday May 19, PRFD was dispatched to Franklin School for an activated fire alarm.​
2019 Concerts in the Park
Come gather with family and friends and enjoy fabulous music. Admission is free.
Saturday Service elimination for Bus Route 209
Due to ongoing low ridership and performance issues, Saturday service on Route 209 will be eliminated. The last Saturday served will be June 8, 2019.
Have you considered serving as Second Ward Alderman?
Second Ward residents interested in applying must forward a letter of interest and resume to Mayor Maloney at City Hall no later than May 24.
 
 
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