With an area of just over seven square miles, Park Ridge, Illinois is not the largest of Chicago’s northern suburbs, but with a citizenry of just under 38,000, it is one of the most populous ones. Located 14 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, Park Ridge is an affluent, comfortable suburb, bordered by Niles on the east, Des Plaines on the west, Norridge on the south and Glenview on the north. This location sets it adjacent to Highways 294 and 90 and conveniently close to O’Hare International Airport, making it a popular community for city commuters. As it’s grown, it’s also become a destination on its own.
Like most of the northern suburbs, the first inhabitants of the area were the Potawatomi until around 1833, when eastern settlers began moving in. They called the area Maine Township as a nod to their northeastern roots, and the town was first called Pennyville after George Penny who developed the local brickworks. The industry became an important part of the local economy, spurring the later name Brickville. In 1873, after the brickworks closed, the village incorporated and changed its name to Park Ridge. It was still a rural community, with truck farms supplying vegetables and flowers to Chicago, but with the arrival of the railroad, growth was inevitable.
At first, the community was residential, with industry and multi-family housing discouraged to retain the rural atmosphere. But further growth was enhanced by the advent of the commuter train, and in 1910 the village was restructured as a city, with Maine East High School built to accommodate the growing family population. In 1928, the 1,400-seat Pickwick movie theater opened, including a stage to also serve as a popular vaudeville venue. With its stunning art deco building includes a picturesque marquee and 100-foot tower, the Pickwick is perhaps the most well-known building in the Park Ridge historic architectural landscape and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
After World War II, the population continued to grow, helped by the proximity of O’Hare International Airport, tollways (I-90 and I-294), and the Kennedy Expressway. The local government realized that the expanding population required a more diverse tax base, so the ban on apartments was lifted (although with restrictions that kept the number low), and business and industry, leading to a population boom. Elegant, larger homes began to fill the tree-lined streets and a second high school—Maine South—opened. More recently, the city completed the Residences and Shops of Uptown, an enormous redevelopment effort that transformed the city center, a six-acre triangle in the heart of Park Ridge, into a bustling area of upscale shops and high-end condos, lofts, and row houses.
The residents of Park Ridge enjoy amenities appropriate for such a bustling community, including a skate park, batting cages, an indoor ice arena, and centers for recreation, fitness, nature, and leisure, as well as sledding and skating areas for winter fun. Whether you are a resident or a visitor, you’ll find year-round activities such as the Saturday farmer’s market. In the summer, enjoy free Friday night concerts by the Park Ridge Fine Arts Symphony in Hodges Park, while winter concerts are presented at the Pickwick by the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra.
Park Ridge has grown from its humble roots into an elegant, affluent community, making it a desirable destination for shopping and entertainment. Yet it has managed to maintain and cultivate its small-town charm through its green spaces and charming historic architecture.
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