Community Profile

Community Profile

OVERVIEWPopulation: 39,656 (2020 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 Council Member elected from each of 7 wards.

Miscellaneous: Area code: 847; Zip code: 60068

DEMOGRAPHICSPark Ridge Median Income: $113,809

Park Ridge Per Capita Income: $58,978

Median Age: 44.8

Number of Housing Units: 14,384;  82.8% Owner Occupied

Average Household Size: 2.56 persons

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

CITY PARTICULARSTransportation
Metra Commuter Train Stations: Uptown and Dee Road
Pace buses: 209, 240, 241, 290; CTA buses: 68
CTA Blue Line 
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 Park Ridge Park District 

Main shopping areas
Uptown; Summit Mall; South Park; Village Green; Crossroads

Local Newspapers: Park Ridge Herald-Advocate and Niles-Park Ridge Journal 
OTHER GOVERNMENTAL UNITSCity of Park Ridge Elected Officials 

County, State and National Elected Officials

Township Governments:
Leyden, Maine and 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 Park District
 
First Place Governor Home Town Awards

         2012:   Iannelli 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 HISTORYFirst settled: Mid-1830s (land from Pottawatomi Indians)
Village founded: July 4, 1873, name changed to Park Ridge.  Incorporated as the City of Park Ridge on April 19, 1910
Former names: Pennyville; Brickton (1857)

NOTEWORTHY 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

PARK RIDGE LANDMARKSAlfonso 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.  The Pickwick Theatre is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places (1977). 

The Solomon Cottage, Wohlers Hall and the Every Cottage are three Park Ridge Landmarks located on the grounds of Prospect Park, the former location of the Illinois Industrial School for Girls in 1908.  These buildings are also listed on the National Register of Historic Places (1998).