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Park Ridge
City
The City of Park Ridge, Illinois
Park Ridge IL Photo Collage.jpg
Location in Cook County and the state of Illinois.
Location in Cook County and the state of Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Township Maine
Incorporated 1873
Area
 • Total 7.13 sq mi (18.5 km2)
 • Land 7.09 sq mi (18.4 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)  0.56%
Population (2010)
 • Total 37,480
 • Density 5,286.3/sq mi (2,041.1/km2)
  Down 0.8% from 2000
Demonym(s) Park Ridger
ZIP code(s) 60068
Area code(s) 847, 224
Website www.parkridge.us

Park Ridge is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States, and a Chicago suburb. The population was 37,480 at the 2010 census. It is located 15 miles (24 km) northwest of downtown Chicago. It is close to O'Hare International Airport, major expressways, and rail transportation. It is a part of the Chicago metropolitan area, bordering two northwestern neighborhoods of Chicago's Far North Side (Edison Park and Norwood Park).

As its name suggests, Park Ridge lies on a ridge. The soil is abundant with clay deposits, which made it a brick-making center for the developing city of Chicago. Park Ridge was originally called Pennyville to honor George Penny, the businessman who owned the local brickyard along with Robert Meacham. Later it was named Brickton. The Des Plaines River divides Park Ridge from neighboring Des Plaines, Illinois, which is west of Park Ridge. Chicago is south and east of Park Ridge, and Niles and unincorporated Maine Township are to its north.

History

The area of Park Ridge was inhabited by the Potawatomie until they were removed in 1833. George Penny established a brickworks in the area. In 1910 Park Ridge had a population of 2,009. In 1930 the population was 10,417. In 1950 the population was 16,602. In 1960 the population was 32,625, with 99.9% of the population white. There were five African-Americans and 31 people classed other than black or white. By 1970, the population had risen to 42,466.

Geography

According to the 2010 census, Park Ridge has a total area of 7.134 square miles (18.48 km2), of which 7.09 square miles (18.36 km2) (or 99.38%) is land and 0.044 square miles (0.11 km2) (or 0.62%) is water.

Climate

Park Ridge falls under the USDA 5b Plant Hardiness zone.

Climate data for Park Ridge, Illinois
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 67.0
(19.44)
75.0
(23.89)
88.0
(31.11)
91.0
(32.78)
98.0
(36.67)
104.0
(40)
105.0
(40.56)
102.0
(38.89)
101.0
(38.33)
94.0
(34.44)
81.0
(27.22)
71.0
(21.67)
105
(-17.78)
Average high °F (°C) 30
(-1.1)
35
(1.7)
46
(7.8)
58
(14.4)
70
(21.1)
79
(26.1)
84
(28.9)
81
(27.2)
74
(23.3)
62
(16.7)
47
(8.3)
34
(1.1)
58.3
(14.63)
Average low °F (°C) 14
(-10)
19
(-7.2)
29
(-1.7)
38
(3.3)
47
(8.3)
63
(17.2)
62
(16.7)
54
(12.2)
42
(5.6)
42
(5.6)
32
(0)
20
(-6.7)
38.5
(3.61)
Record low °F (°C) -27.0
(-32.78)
-21.0
(-29.44)
-12.0
(-24.44)
7.0
(-13.89)
27.0
(-2.78)
35.0
(1.67)
45.0
(7.22)
42.0
(5.56)
29.0
(-1.67)
14.0
(-10)
-2.0
(-18.89)
-25.0
(-31.67)
-27
(-17.78)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.73
(43.9)
1.87
(47.5)
2.50
(63.5)
3.38
(85.9)
3.68
(93.5)
3.45
(87.6)
3.7
(94)
4.9
(124)
3.21
(81.5)
3.15
(80)
3.15
(80)
2.25
(57.2)
33.82
(859)
Source: <Park Ridge, Illinois Weather= >weather.com. "Park Ridge, Illinois Weather". Park Ridge, Illinois Weather Data. Open Publishing. http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/USIL0922. Retrieved 24 February 2014.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 457
1890 987 116.0%
1900 1,340 35.8%
1910 2,009 49.9%
1920 3,383 68.4%
1930 10,417 207.9%
1940 12,063 15.8%
1950 16,602 37.6%
1960 32,659 96.7%
1970 42,614 30.5%
1980 38,704 −9.2%
1990 36,175 −6.5%
2000 37,775 4.4%
2010 37,480 −0.8%
Est. 2015 37,757 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
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This Civil War memorial is located in Maine Cemetery at Dee Road and Touhy Avenue.
Demographics (2010)
White Black Asian
93.4% 0.5% 3.7%
Islander Native Other Hispanic
(any race)
0.01% 0.1% 1.3% 4.7%

As of the census of 2000, there were 37,775 people, 14,219 households, and 10,465 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,374.6 people per square mile (2,074.7/km²). There were 14,646 housing units at an average density of 2,083.8 per square mile (804.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.4% White, 0.2% African American, 0.06% Native American, 2.66% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.87% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.90% of the population.

There were 14,219 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.4% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.4% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.13. The median cost of a house is $420,000.

The City's population consists of 24.5% persons under the age of 18, 5.5% aged 18 to 24, 24.5% aged 25 to 44, 25.8% aged 45 to 64, and 19.6% age 65 or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.2 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $91,674, and the median income for a family was $110,842. Males had a median income of $61,959 versus $39,794 for females. The per capita income for the city was $36,646. About 1.7% of families and 2.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.

Culture

Landmarks

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The Art Deco Pickwick Theatre, in uptown Park Ridge
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The Chase Bank building at Six Points
  • Park Ridge's most recognizable landmark is the Pickwick Theatre, an Art Deco building dating back to 1928. It is a movie theater and a venue for plays and concerts. In 1975, the theater was named to the National Register of Historic Places. Although smaller theaters have been added to the rear of the building, the main auditorium theater remains intact in its original large five-aisle state. The main auditorium can seat up to 1,400 people. In the 1980s, the Pickwick's facade was one of many used as the backdrop for the opening credits of Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert's At the Movies.
  • Park Ridge Public Library.

In film

  • The 1980 film The Blues Brothers had some scenes filmed in Park Ridge. The scenes where the brothers were first pulled over by the state police and the beginning of the subsequent chase were filmed there. The Nelson Funeral Home and Shell gas station which the brothers drove past as the police pulled out to intercept them are still in business at the intersection of Talcott and Cumberland avenues. The brothers were pulled over at the intersection of Cumberland and Gillick. As the chase progressed, a trooper radioed that the chase was "proceeding on Courtland Avenue". The scene where the Blues Brothers and the police spun out in a three-way intersection occurred at the intersection of Devon Avenue, Talcott Road, and Courtland Avenue.
  • In the 1990 film Home Alone, Buzz McCallister wears a Maine South High School letterman's jacket.

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