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Chicago Ridge
Village
Village of Chicago Ridge
Location of Chicago Ridge in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Chicago Ridge in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country  United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Township Worth
Incorporated 1914
Government
 • Type Council–manager
Area
 • Total 2.27 sq mi (5.87 km2)
 • Land 2.27 sq mi (5.87 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 14,433
 • Density 6,363.76/sq mi (2,457.11/km2)
Standard of living (2007-11)
 • Per capita income $22,822
 • Home value $180,300
ZIP code(s)
60414, 60415
Area code(s) 708
Geocode 17-14065
FIPS code 17-14065

Chicago Ridge is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Per the 2020 census, the population was 14,433.

History

Chicago Ridge takes its name from ridges left behind when trainloads of dirt were brought out by the Wabash Railroad during construction of the Columbian Exposition of 1893.

Incorporated on October 17, 1914, the village has an area of approximately 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) and is located in the southwestern portion of Cook County, Illinois, about 20 miles (32 km) southwest of downtown Chicago.

The path of Stony Creek arcs through the village. It is not only an old creek but also the remnants of a feeder canal for the Illinois & Michigan Canal that reached from the Little Calumet River westward through the Saganash-kee Slough. Although the work on the feeder canal brought some settlers in the 1840s, German and Dutch farmers arrived after the 1850s.

Settlement increased with the coming of the Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific Railroad in 1882. Later, the Wabash would be crossed in the middle of Chicago Ridge by the Chicago and Calumet Terminal Railway, which also established rail yards in the village.

In 1898, the Paul E. Berger Company, manufacturers of cash registers and slot machines, located adjacent to the railroad. The Berger Company built housing for its employees, and a settlement emerged around the factory, with a tavern, rooming house, and grocery store. The first post office opened in 1900 in the Berger factory, and in 1902 the Wabash Railroad established a train station.

Both Chicago Ridge and Worth benefited from the activity and economic influences of a racetrack operating on 111th Street. Local residents proudly recall that a member of one of the founding families of the Chicago Ridge area, Fred Herbert, won the Kentucky Derby in 1910. The racetrack was torn down in 1911 and is now the site of Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

After Oak Lawn incorporated in 1909, Chicago Ridge considered the move. An incorporated government could replace wooden sidewalks, deal with the stagnant waters in the swampy areas, initiate local municipal services and provide locally elected and accountable officials. They accomplished those tasks and more. Their successors then built on those early improvements with paved streets, sewers, street lights, and sidewalks. They also brought Lake Michigan water to the area.

Chicago Ridge grew from 176 in 1920 to 888 in 1950. With the great demand for housing and the expansion of road networks to include expressways, Chicago Ridge was poised for growth. Along with a strong new industrial and commercial base, the population increased dramatically, to 5,748 in 1960 and 14,127 in 2000.

Geography

Chicago Ridge is located at 41°42′9″N 87°46′43″W / 41.70250°N 87.77861°W / 41.70250; -87.77861 (41.702482, -87.778690).

According to the 2010 census, Chicago Ridge has a total area of 2.25 square miles (5.83 km2), all land.

Located in Cook County, the village is 18 miles (29 km) southwest of the Loop. Chicago Ridge's irregular shape is bounded by Oak Lawn on the north and east, Bridgeview and Palos Hills on the west, and Worth on the south.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 176
1930 269 52.8%
1940 376 39.8%
1950 888 136.2%
1960 5,748 547.3%
1970 9,187 59.8%
1980 13,473 46.7%
1990 13,643 1.3%
2000 14,127 3.5%
2010 14,305 1.3%
2020 14,433 0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
2010 2020

2020 census

Chicago Ridge village, Illinois – Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 10,952 9,983 76.56% 69.17%
Black or African American alone (NH) 977 1,388 6.83% 9.62%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 19 5 0.13% 0.03%
Asian alone (NH) 254 336 1.78% 2.33%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 5 0 0.03% 0.00%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 22 55 0.15% 0.38%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 300 408 2.10% 2.83%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 1,776 2,258 12.42% 15.64%
Total 14,305 14,433 100.00% 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.

Culture

RidgeFest

Chicago Ridge hosts the annual RidgeFest celebration the last weekend in July at Freedom Park. It is one of the best-known summer festivals in the southwest suburban Chicago area. It consistently draws large crowds from throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.

Parks and recreation

The Chicago Ridge Park District has 23 acres (93,000 m2) of land available for recreational purposes, divided among nine parks containing tennis courts, baseball fields, a fitness center/gymnasium, and a newly completed miniature golf/batting cages complex. The district offers over 100 programs for residents of all ages.

Transportation

Chicago Ridge has a station on Metra's SouthWest Service, which provides daily rail service between Manhattan, Illinois, and Chicago Union Station.

Education

Public schools

Chicago Ridge provides some public services. These include the Chicago Ridge Public Library, Elden Finley Junior High School, Ridge Central Elementary School, Ridge Lawn Elementary School, Freedom Activity Center (which provides preschool), and Teen Center.

Public schooling is provided through the [[Chicago Ridge School District 12712]]. Elden Finley Junior is Chicago Ridge's middle school. The mascot is a Viking. The colors are black, white, and gray. They provide grades 6 through 8.

Ridge Central Elementary School is one of Chicago Ridge's elementary schools. The mascot are stars, and the colors are navy blue and gold. They provide grades pre-kindergarten through fifth.

Ridge Lawn Elementary School is the other of Chicago Ridge's elementary schools. The mascot is an eagle. The colors are royal and white. They provide grades pre-kindergarten through fifth.

Chicago Ridge high school students attend Harold L. Richards High School in neighboring Oak Lawn.

Private schools

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago operates Catholic schools. Our Lady of the Ridge Catholic School closed in 2018.

Notable person

  • Tim Pyznarski, first baseman for the San Diego Padres
  • James J. Konetski, DuPage County, Illinois, Circuit Court Judge.
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