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

 

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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Changes made to City's recycling program at City Hall
Beginning June 7, residents will be limited to the number of bulbs they can drop off and must show ID.
Northwest Highway Streetscape Project begins May 29, 2018
The Northwest Highway Streetscape Project, between Touhy and Washington, begins on May 29 and is scheduled for completion in October.
Deadline to purchase City vehicle sticker approaching
Your 2018-19 City vehicle sticker must be displayed on your vehicle by June 15.
Come join the fun in Park Ridge this weekend!
The Harry O'Brien Fund Run will be held on Saturday, May 19 and the Norway Day Parade will be held on Sunday, May 20.
2018 Concerts in the Park schedule is released
The Summer 2018 Concerts in the Park begin on June 22. For more information, visit www.prfas.org.
City in search of Board and Commission Volunteers
The City is now accepting applications for volunteers to serve on the various Boards and Commissions.
 
 
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