Living in Park Ridge
Founded in 1873, Park Ridge has made much progress, yet retains its small hometown atmosphere and remains a wonderful place to live and work. The City is committed to providing excellence in City services in order to uphold a high quality of life. Many residents have lived here all their lives and others return because of the sense of community. There are numerous ways to get involved in the activities and organizations available, such as service groups, schools, churches, sports and civic groups, as well as through the volunteer boards, commissions and committees that are appointed by the mayor to assist the City. An application is available online for this volunteer opportunity.
Business is thriving in Park Ridge, with many new and family-run stores and restaurants available in the Uptown area
and in South Park plus the Higgins Corridor. For all your service and shopping needs, please consider Park Ridge first. The City has received several prestigious awards for the Uptown development which was recognized for its attractive combination of residences and retail.
Public art sculptures accent the area. Selection of artists and specific works were made and commissioned by the City’s Public Art Commission to complement the Uptown redevelopment. Project developers PRC Partners LLC sponsored the two sculptures at the Shops of Uptown to help connect the community and Chicagoland arts. "Prairie Dance," is a bronze sculpture by John Adduci and "Sky Trail," was created by Bob Emser. Both are internationally known for their work. "Celebration" by William Jaquet and "Story Teller" by David Unger were purchased by the City for the City Commons area.
City of volunteers
The City is often referred to as the community of volunteers. The Brickton Art Center
and the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra
and the Center of Concern
have all won Governor’s Home Town First Place awards for excellence and volunteer involvement. Free summer concerts, performed by the Park Ridge Fine Arts Symphony Orchestra
, take place in front of City Hall on Friday evenings in the summer. The Farmers Market is another popular offering, open late May through October at Prairie and Garden streets. The Park Ridge Public Library
—honored as "Library of the Year" by the North Suburban Library System—feeds our need to read. Park Ridge is also home of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, consistently recognized as one of the country’s top 100 hospitals. The Park District
, a separate taxing body from the City, offers well-rounded recreation and social programming for residents of all ages and our schools have received many awards for excellence.
The City provides emergency 911 telephone, police, fire, and emergency medical services. Park Ridge is one of 37 communities in the United States that has both Fire and Law Enforcement Accredited agencies. Additionally, Park Ridge is one of only 30 communities in the United States with both Fire and Law enforcement accredited agencies and an Insurance Service Office rating (ISO) of Class 3 or better.
Park Ridge consists of 7.1 square miles and has 123 miles of streets. The City provides weekly curbside, or alley, garbage and recyling pick up to its residents. A strong infrastructure program is managed by the public works department for maintenance of streets, water mains, sewers, alleys, sidewalks, and trees. The City has earned the prestigious "Tree City USA" designation. The City operates a water distribution system that provides Lake Michigan water to residences and businesses. Environmental health and planning services, as well as building construction and maintenance oversight, is provided.