Historic Park Ridge

Park Ridge traces its history as far back as the Pottawotamie Indians, who lived in this area that provided fertile land and rich natural resources. The area was a convenient portage between the Des Plaines and Chicago rivers for the French explorers and in the early 1830s our first settlers arrived from New England and New York. The settlement previously named Pennyville and then Brickton was incorporated as the village of Park Ridge in 1873.

For additional information about Historic Park Ridge, click on the following links:

Explore Illinois - Illinois Digital Archives

History of Park Ridge

The Commission’s mission is to make recommendations to the City Council for the designation of historic landmarks and historic districts within the City.

   Park Ridge Local Landmarks

The Kalo Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded to preserve the rich artistic legacy of the City of Park Ridge.
Since 1971, the Historical Society’s mission has been to maintain a repository for artifacts and records of historical interest, to promote knowledge of and pride in the accomplishments and heritage of the people of Park Ridge and to celebrate the places and events in Park Ridge history which make this a special place to live.
The Residences & Shops of Uptown Park Ridge represent a transit-oriented development in the heart of Park Ridge, "the largest redevelopment effort in generations.
Park Ridge History from the Encyclopedia of Chicago


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