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Overview

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 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.

Demographics

People

Total Population14,368
Male Share of the Population49.8%
Female Share of the Population50.2%
Senior Citizens11.2%
Employed Population 16+5,879
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married49%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher16.4%
Median Earnings25+$34,608
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,648
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,889

Wealth

Median Family Income$44,937
% Above Poverty Level77.1%
% Below Poverty Level22.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time32 minutes
% Working from Home2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.8%
% Using Public Transportation5.4%

Housing

People Living Alone29.3%
Median Gross Rent$936
Median House Value$152,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)25%
Arab21.8%
Polish12.9%
German11.3%
Irish11.2%
Palestinian9.3%
Italian5.4%
Jordanian2.2%
Lithuanian1.6%
Swedish1.4%
Croatian1.3%
Czech1.2%
Turkish1.1%
Greek1%
French Except Basque1%
English1%
Austrian0.8%
Dutch0.7%
Scottish0.7%
Haitian0.5%
West Indian0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Danishn0.5%
US/American0.4%
Hungarian0.3%
Syrian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Moroccan0.2%
Slovene0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Albanian0.2%
Iraqi0.2%
Belgian0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
African0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Chicago Ridge Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cook County
Standard Zip Codes60415
Phone Area Codes
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.7
Approximate Longitude-87.77

Chicago Ridge Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationCHICAGO MIDWAY AP 3 SW
Distance2.2 miles
Jan Temp16 to 31 F
Apr Temp40 to 59 F
Jul Temp66 to 85 F
Oct Temp45 to 63 F
Annual Precip38.3 inches
StationCHICAGO UNIVERSITY
Distance10.8 miles
Jan Temp18 to 32 F
Apr Temp42 to 59 F
Jul Temp66 to 84 F
Oct Temp46 to 64 F
Annual Precip38 inches
StationPARK FOREST
Distance14.8 miles
Jan Temp15 to 29 F
Apr Temp39 to 58 F
Jul Temp65 to 84 F
Oct Temp43 to 63 F
Annual Precip38.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Alsip19,335$62,352
Burbank29,087$63,471
Oak Lawn56,774$73,210
Palos Heights12,544$104,464
Palos Hills17,545$70,186

Chicago Ridge Public Libraries

Chicago Ridge Public Library
10400 SOUTH OXFORD AVENUE
Chicago Ridge, Illinois
(708) 423-7753

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Chicago Ridge Public Schools

Elden D Finley Jr High School
10835 Lombard Ave
ZIP: 60415
(708) 636-2005
Middle
Total Enrollment 384
Ridge Central Elem School
10800 Lyman Ave
ZIP: 60415
(708) 636-2001
Primary
Total Enrollment 491
Ridge Lawn Elementary School
5757 105th St
ZIP: 60415
(708) 636-2002
Primary
Total Enrollment 563

Chicago Ridge Private Schools

Our Lady Of The Ridge School
10859 Ridgeland Ave
ZIP: 60415
Elementary
Total Enrollment 196
Penny Lane School
10255 Ridgeland Ave Ste C
ZIP: 60415
Elementary
Total Enrollment 22
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