Community Profile

Community Profile

OVERVIEW:Population: 37,480 (2010 Census)

More detailed demographics

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