Introduction to Burr Ridge, Illinois
Burr Ridge, Illinois, in Du Page county, is 8 miles E of Bolingbrook, Illinois and 16 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is considered part of the Chicago metropolitan area. Burr Ridge has a population of 10,408.
Burr Ridge History
The gently rolling hills of Burr Ridge were carved by glaciers at the end of the last ice age. Much of the village lies on the Valparaiso Moraine. A tributary of the Des Plaines River, named Flagg Creek, runs through Burr Ridge. In 1917, the International Harvester Company purchased 414 acres of land for an experimental farm. This is where IHC tested the world's first all-purpose tractor, the 'Farmall.' In the same year, the Cook County Prison Farm began operating. The village was finally incorporated in 1956.
Burr Ridge and nearby Attractions
- Trinity Lutheran Church
- Oak Grove County Forest Preserve
- Devon Park
- American Police Center & Museum
- Chicago Portage National Historic Site
- Ernest Hemingway's birthplace
Things To Do In Burr Ridge
Oak Grove County Forest Preserve provides the chance to observe and photograph wildlife in their natural habitat. Devon Park, Stevens Park, Walker Park and Whittaker Park also have popular recreational facilities.
Burr Ridge Transportation
Chicago Midway International Airport is nearby.
Burr Ridge Higher Education
Moraine Valley Community College, Elmhurst College and the College of Dupage provide higher education to the people of Burr Ridge.