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Overview

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 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.

People

Total Population 37,608
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 18.2%
Employed Population 16+ 17,798
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 57.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 55.1%
Median Earnings25+ $57,572
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $40,347
Median Earnings With High School Degree $36,454

Wealth

Median Family Income $114,727
% Above Poverty Level 95.6%
% Below Poverty Level 4.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 6.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 12.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 26.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,203
Median House Value $392,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14%
US/American 0.4%
English 5.7%
Irish 20.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Park Ridge Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles SE of Des Plaines, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 14 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60068
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.011
Longitude -87.84

Park 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)

Station CHICAGO OHARE INTL AP
Distance 4.4 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36.2 inches
Station CHICAGO BOTANICAL GARDEN
Distance 9 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.8 inches
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 17.8 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Des Plaines 58,930 $79,636
Harwood Heights 8,649 $62,185

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Park Ridge Public Libraries

Library
Park Ridge P.l.
20 S PROSPECT
Park Ridge, Illinois
(847) 825-3123

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Park Ridge Hospitals

ADVOCATE LUTHERAN GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1775 DEMPSTER ST
(847) 723-2210
Emergency Service: Yes

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Park Ridge High Schools

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MAINE SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL
1111 S DEE RD
847-825-7711
Serves 2,487 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

MAINE EAST HIGH SCHOOL
2601 DEMPSTER ST
847-825-4484
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,110 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.9

THE YOUTH CAMPUS SCHOOL
733 N PROSPECT
847-692-6130
A Special Education School
Serves 29 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.1

ALTERNATIVE RESOURCE CENTER ARC
1111 SOUTH DEE ROAD
847-692-8262
A Special Education School
Serves 23 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.8

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