Introduction to Chicago Ridge, Illinois
Chicago Ridge, Illinois, in Cook county, is 1 mile SW of Oak Lawn, Illinois and 12 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. The village benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that are also in the Chicago metropolitan area. Chicago Ridge contains a population of approximately 14,127.
Chicago Ridge History
The earliest European settlers in this area came during the 1840s. In the 1850s, Dutch and German farmers arrived here to settle down permanently. The name of this village comes from the ridges formed by the trainloads of dirt that were bought by Wabash Railroad in 1893 when the Columbian Exposition was being constructed. Chicago Ridge was officially incorporated in October of 1914 as a village.
Chicago Ridge and nearby Attractions
- Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
- American Police Center & Museum
- Stony Creek Golf Course
- Wolfe State Wildlife Refuge
- Memorial Park
- Chicago Ridge Village Hall
Things To Do In Chicago Ridge
The annual celebration known as RidgeFest is a highly anticipated celebration that is held in the last weekend of July at Freedom Park. It attracts people from the Chicago metropolitan area as well. The Chicago Ridge Park District is spread over 23 acres of land, and provides a range of recreational facilities. It has a total of 9 parks with baseball fields, tennis courts, a gymnasium and fitness center and also a miniature golf course.
Chicago Ridge Transportation
Chicago O’Hare International Airport is the nearest major airport.
Chicago Ridge Higher Education
Moraine Valley Community College, Richard J. Daley College, Loyola University Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology all lie within 10 miles of Chicago Ridge.