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Burr Ridge, Illinois
Village of Burr Ridge
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"A Very Special Place"
Location of Burr Ridge in DuPage County, Illinois.
Location of Burr Ridge in DuPage County, Illinois.
Country  United States
State Illinois
Counties DuPage, Cook
Townships Downers Grove, Lyons
Incorporated 1956
 • Type Council–manager
 • Total 7.33 sq mi (18.99 km2)
 • Land 7.20 sq mi (18.64 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.35 km2)  1.96%
702 ft (214 m)
 • Total 11,192
 • Density 1,554.88/sq mi (600.32/km2)
Standard of living (2007-11)
 • Per capita income $81,192
 • Home value $679,400
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 630 and 331
Geocode 17-09980
FIPS code 17-09980

Burr Ridge (formerly Harvester) is a village in Cook and DuPage counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. A suburb of Chicago, it is among the wealthiest towns in Illinois and is locally known for its large, elegant mansions and luxury lifestyles. Per the 2020 census, the population was 11,192.


Burr Ridge is located at 41°45′11″N 87°55′12″W / 41.75306°N 87.92000°W / 41.75306; -87.92000 (41.753030, -87.919998).

According to the 2010 census, Burr Ridge has a total area of 7.141 square miles (18.50 km2), of which 7 square miles (18.13 km2) (or 98.03%) is land and 0.141 square miles (0.37 km2) (or 1.97%) is water.

Burr Ridge lies in both Du Page and Cook counties. The village is bordered by Hinsdale to the north, Western Springs to the northeast, Indian Head Park to the east, Willow Springs to the south and southeast, and Willowbrook to the west, along with several unincorporated areas.


Burr Ridge's gently rolling hills were carved by glaciers at the end of the last ice age, and most of the village lies on the Valparaiso Moraine. Flagg Creek, a tributary of the Des Plaines River, runs through town.

Joseph Vial erected a log cabin near Wolf and Plainfield roads in 1834. Vial also ran a hotel on the stagecoach line, and the Vial family was actively involved in Lyons Township politics and the creation of the Lyonsville congregational church. The first Democratic convention in Cook County was held in Burr Ridge in 1835. After 1848, farmers shipped their goods to Chicago along the Illinois and Michigan Canal. A small settlement of German farmers also inhabited Flagg Creek by the 1880s.

In 1917 the International Harvester Company purchased 414 acres (1.7 km2) for an experimental farm, where it tested the world's first all-purpose tractor, the Farmall. Also in 1917, the Cook County Prison Farm (also known as the Bridewell Farm) began operation in what is now Burr Ridge.

In 1947 developer Robert Bartlett, whose company also developed Beverly Shores and Countryside, established the Hinsdale Countryside Estates out of a former pig farm. In 1956 these residents decided to incorporate as the village of Harvester, in honor of International Harvester.

In the 1940s Denver Busby bought 190 acres (0.8 km2) that became known as the Burr Ridge dairy farm. He later launched the Burr Ridge Estates, with 5-acre (20,000 m2) home sites. In 1961 the International Harvester Company and the Burr Ridges Estates merged with Harvester, changing the community's name to Burr Ridge. The town name is derived from a group of bur oaks (scientists spell it with one r) on a ridge. By 1963 the population had more than doubled, to 790, and by 1975 it had soared to over 2,200.

In 1969, Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley floated a proposal to build low-income subsidized housing on the prison farm property, but Republican-dominated DuPage County squashed the idea. The prison farm site became the Ambriance subdivision, a gated community of multimillion-dollar homes. The Four Pines Farm gave way to the Carriage Way subdivision, at whose entrance the original farmhouse still stands, and in 1971 additional farmland became the Braemoor neighborhood. An area known as Valley View, once owned by a Chicago industrialist and later by the Chicago chapter of the Boy Scouts of America, was developed in the early 1970s as the Burr Ridge Club. The village also has five corporate parks. As with other towns in the industrial corridor southwest of Chicago, close proximity to Interstates 294 and 55 spurred development in Burr Ridge.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 299
1970 1,637 447.5%
1980 3,838 134.5%
1990 7,669 99.8%
2000 10,408 35.7%
2010 10,559 1.5%
2020 11,192 6.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
2010 2020

2020 census

Burr Ridge village, Illinois – Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 8,167 8,212 77.35% 73.37%
Black or African American alone (NH) 207 208 1.96% 1.86%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 4 5 0.04% 0.04%
Asian alone (NH) 1,563 1,834 14.80% 16.39%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 0 0 0.00% 0.00%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 21 27 0.20% 0.24%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 167 297 1.58% 2.65%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 430 609 4.07% 5.44%
Total 10,559 11,192 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.


Burr Ridge includes 10 major parks. The largest park, and home of the Burr Ridge Park District, is Harvester Park. Other parks include Citizens Park, Kraml Park, Palisades Park, Stevens Park, and Whittaker Park in the south, Garywood Park and McCullough Park on Plainfield Road, and Oak Grove Park and Woods Pool Park in the north.

Religious institutions

  • Trinity Lutheran Church, a congregation of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, organized on December 31, 1865. The church supports an elementary school with an enrollment of 137 students (as of 2007), founded in 1883, and is National Lutheran Schools Accredited (NLSA).
  • St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, a congregation of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria (Egypt), was built in 1981 and was completed in 1983. The church conducts liturgies every Sunday and supports a Montessori pre-school.
  • St. Helena's Episcopal Church of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago was founded in the mid-1950s. The church supports multiple food ministries including a 24/7 food donation drop box and a partnership with Vacant 2 Vegetables, which provides fresh produce to area food banks with vegetables grown on the church's 5-acre site.
  • Zoroastrian Center of Chicago, is one of the few Zoroastrian institutions in Illinois. It was founded in 1975 and is currently led by the Arbab Rustom Guive Darbe Mehr.


Primary schools

  • Burr Ridge Community Consolidated School District 180 (Anne M. Jeans Elementary School, Burr Ridge Middle School)
  • Gower School District 62 (Gower West Elementary School, Gower Middle School)
  • Hinsdale School District 181 (Elm School, Hinsdale Middle School)
  • Pleasantdale School District 107 (Pleasantdale Elementary School, Pleasantdale Middle School)
  • Trinity Lutheran School

High schools

  • Hinsdale Township High School District 86 (Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale South High School)
  • Lyons Township High School District 204

Community colleges

  • Community College District #502 (College of DuPage)

Notable people

See also

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