Introduction to Park Ridge, Illinois
Park Ridge, Illinois, in Cook county, is 2 miles SE of Des Plaines, Illinois (center to center) and 14 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The city is considered part of the Chicago metropolitan area. Park Ridge has a population of 37,775.
Park Ridge History
The Pottawatomie Native Americans were the original inhabitants of the city now known as Park Ridge. The Yankee settlers arrived after 1833. Mancel Talcott was one of the early settlers of Park Ridge. George Penny's brickworks factory was opened in 1854 and the community was informally named Pennyville. The name was later changed to Brickton by George Penny. In 1873, the area was incorporated as a village and was renamed Park Ridge. In 1910, Park Ridge was reincorporated as a city.
Park Ridge and nearby Attractions
- Park Ridge Historical Museum
- Leaning Tower of Niles
- Friendship Park Conservatory
- Kiddieland Amusement Park
- The American Toby Jug Museum
- Lincoln Park
Things To Do In Park Ridge
While staying in Park Ridge you can spend your leisure time at Maine Park, Morgan Park, Ni - Ridge Park, Northwest Park, Cumberland Park, Jaycee Park, Woodland Park, Northeast Park, and Oakton Park. You can also visit the Donald E. Stephens Museum of Hummel's and the Park Ridge Public Library. The Lincoln Park Zoo, American Toby Jug Museum, and the Kiddieland Amusement Park are also nearby.
Park Ridge Transportation
Chicago O’Hare International Airport is nearby.
Park Ridge Higher Education
Oakton Community College, Triton College, Northeastern Illinois University, and several other colleges and universities offer higher educational facilities.