Main Births etc
Park Ridge
—  City  —
The City of Park Ridge, Illinois

Park Ridge, Illinois is located in Illinois
Park Ridge
Coordinates: 42°0′43″N 87°50′30″W / 42.01194, -87.84167Coordinates: 42°0′43″N 87°50′30″W / 42.01194, -87.84167
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Township Maine
Incorporated 1873
 • Type Council-manager
 • Mayor David F. Schmidt
 • Budget $$47,684,900 (2004-2005) (fiscal year: 2006-07)
 • Total 7.13 sq mi (18.5 km2)
 • Land 7.09 sq mi (18.4 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)  0.56%
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 37,480
 • Density 5,286.3/sq mi (2,041.1/km2)
  Down 0.8% from 2000
Demonym Park Ridgian
Standard of living (2009-11)[2][3]
 • Per capita income $41,814
 • Median home value $421,400
ZIP code(s) 60068
Area code(s) 847, 224
Demographics (2010)[4]
White Black Asian
93.4% 0.5% 3.7%
Islander Native Other Hispanic
(any race)
0.01% 0.1% 1.3% 4.7%

Park Ridge is an affluent Chicago suburb with a population at the 2010 census of 37,480 residents.[1] It is located 15 miles (24 km) northwest of downtown Chicago. It is close to O'Hare International Airport, major expressways, and rail transportation. It is a part of the Chicago metropolitan area, bordering two northwestern neighborhoods of Chicago's Far North Side (Edison Park and Norwood Park).

As its name suggests, Park Ridge lies on a ridge. The soil is abundant with clay deposits, which made it a brick-making center for the developing city of Chicago. Park Ridge was originally called Pennyville to honor George Penny, the businessman who owned the local brickyard along with Robert Meacham. Later it was named Brickton.[5] The Des Plaines River divides Park Ridge from neighboring Des Plaines, which is west of Park Ridge. Chicago is south and east of Park Ridge, and Niles and unincorporated Maine Township are to its north.[6]

Park Ridge is the hometown of former First Lady and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. When she visited Park Ridge on the occasion of her 50th birthday in 1997, the city renamed the southeast corner of the intersection of Elm and Wisner streets, next to her girlhood home, "Rodham Corner". Park Ridge is also the hometown of movie stars Carrie Snodgrass and Harrison Ford. All three attended Maine Township High School East, except Mrs. Clinton, the youngest of the three, spent her senior year at Maine Township High School South, a new school built to accommodate the population of baby boomers coming through at the time.


The Pickwick Theatre, in uptown Park Ridge

Park Ridge's most recognizable landmark is the Pickwick Theatre, an Art Deco building dating back to 1928. It is a movie theater and a venue for plays and concerts. In 1975, the theater was named to the National Register of Historic Places. Although smaller theaters have been added to the rear of the building, the main auditorium theater remains intact in its original large five-aisle state. The main auditorium can seat up to 1,400 people. In the 1980s, the Pickwick's facade was one of many used as the backdrop for the opening credits of Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert's At the Movies. The uptown area is currently under development. There are new buildings, condominiums and stores located across from the Park Ridge Public Library.


Park Ridge is located at 42°0′43″N 87°50′30″W / 42.01194, -87.84167 (42.011830, -87.841587).[7]

According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 7.13 square miles (18.5 km2), of which 7.09 square miles (18.4 km2) (or 99.44%) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (or 0.56%) is water.[8]



This Civil War memorial is located in Maine Cemetery at Dee Road and Touhy Avenue.

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 37,775 people, 14,219 households, and 10,465 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,374.6 people per square mile (2,074.7/km²). There were 14,646 housing units at an average density of 2,083.8 per square mile (804.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.4% White, 0.2% African American, 0.06% Native American, 2.66% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.87% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.90% of the population.

There were 14,219 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.4% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.4% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.13. The median cost of a house is $420,000.

The City's population consists of 24.5% persons under the age of 18, 5.5% aged 18 to 24, 24.5% aged 25 to 44, 25.8% aged 45 to 64, and 19.6% age 65 or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.2 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $91,674, and the median income for a family was $110,842.[10] Males had a median income of $61,959 versus $39,794 for females. The per capita income for the city was $36,646. About 1.7% of families and 2.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.


Maine East High School has stood at Dempster Street and Potter Road since 1929.

Maine South High School opened in 1964 at Dee Road and Talcott Avenue.

Park Ridge is served by the Park Ridge-Niles School District 64, which has its headquarters in the Raymond E. Hendee Educational Service Center in Park Ridge.[11] Area middle schools include Lincoln Middle School and Emerson Middle School in Niles. At one point there were nine public K-6 elementary schools: Oakton, Madison, Edison, Merrill, Carpenter, Field, Franklin, Roosevelt, and Washington. Only the latter five remain today, and all are in Park Ridge. Jefferson School is also part of the district and houses the special needs preschool for children ages 3 and 4, the extended day kindergarten program, and the after school program for grades K-6.[12]

St. Paul of the Cross and Mary Seat of Wisdom are the two Catholic elementary schools. St. Andrews is a Lutheran elementary school.

The town is served by Maine Township High School District 207, which includes Maine South High School, and Maine East High School. Students who live in northern Park Ridge have the option of attending either Maine East or Maine South. Maine West High School is located to the west in Des Plaines. Maine North High School was a school in unincorporated Maine Township and part of Maine Township High School District 207. It closed in 1981 as the student population of Maine Township shrank.

District 207 shares student-run radio and television stations operating with the call letters WMTH-FM (W Maine Township High). Actor Harrison Ford, known for playing the lead role in the Indiana Jones movies, went to Maine East, and has been credited as being the radio station's first sports announcer. Since 2007, WMTH Radio can be heard live on any of the district high school homepages.[13]

The town is a part of the Oakton Community College district.


Park Ridge is home to three American Youth Football National Champions (2006, 2007, 2009) and one American Youth Cheerleading National Champion (2007).

The Maine South Hawks football team were state champions in 1995, 2000, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Head coach Dave Inserra and assistant coach Rick Magsamen were suspended for the first game of the 2011 football season by the Illinois High School Association for unsportsmanlike conduct at the award ceremony and circulating fake sideline passes during the 2010 state championship game.[14]


Top employers[]

According to Park Ridge's 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[15] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Advocate Lutheran General Hospital 4,200
2 Maine Township High School District 207 872
3 Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 765
4 Park Ridge Park District 451
5 The BECO Group 400
6 George S. May International Company[16] 119
7 St. Matthew's Center for Health 194
8 FM Global 170
9 170
10 A Abiding Care 150
11 American Society of Anesthesiologists 130
12 TruGreen 75


Climate data for Park Ridge, Illinois
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 30
Average low °F (°C) 14
Source: <Park Ridge, Illinois Weather= > (2010). "Park Ridge, Illinois Weather". Park Ridge, Illinois Weather Data. Open Publishing. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 

Notable people[]

Park Ridge in film[]

The 1980 film The Blues Brothers had some scenes filmed in Park Ridge. The scenes where the brothers were first pulled over by the state police and the beginning of the subsequent chase were filmed there. The Nelson Funeral Home and Shell gas station which the brothers drove past as the police pulled out to intercept them are still in business at the intersection of Talcott and Cumberland avenues. The brothers were pulled over at the intersection of Cumberland and Gillick. As the chase progressed, a trooper radioed that the chase was "proceeding on Courtland Avenue". The scene where the Blues Brothers and the police spun out in a three-way intersection occurred at the intersection of Devon Avenue, Talcott Road, and Courtland Avenue.[17][18][19][20]

In the 1990 film Home Alone, Buzz McCallister wears a Maine South letterman's jacket.

The Chase Bank building at Six Points, another prominent Park Ridge building

External links[]


  1. ^ a b "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Park Ridge city, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics: 2009-2011 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates (DP03): Park Ridge city, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Selected Housing Characteristics: 2009-2011 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates (DP03): Park Ridge city, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ 2010 United States Census Data
  5. ^ "The History of Park Ridge".
  6. ^
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Illinois". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  10. ^ "2006-2008 American Community Survey for Park Ridge, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  11. ^ "banner_dist.jpg." Park Ridge-Niles School District. Retrieved on January 10, 2012. "164 South Prospect Avenue Park Ridge, IL 60068"
  12. ^
  13. ^
  14. ^
  15. ^ City of Park Ridge CAFR
  16. ^ [ Requiem for the May Company]
  17. ^ "Blues Brothers location guide",, Retrieved August 12, 2008
  18. ^ "Filming locations for The Blues Brothers", IMDb
  19. ^ Reardon, Patrick T. (January 29, 2008), "Lost Chicago Found on Film", p. 2, Chicago Tribune, Retrieved August 12, 2008
  20. ^ The Blues Brothers: 25th Anniversary Edition, 2005, scene 4

This page uses content from the English language Wikipedia. The original content was at Park Ridge, Illinois. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with this Familypedia wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons License.