About Park Ridge
Park Ridge, Illinois, is a picturesque suburb of 37,775 residents. Located about 17 miles from Downtown Chicago and The Loop and less than three miles from O’Hare International Airport, the city of Park Ridge is home to over 37,000 residents. Commuting to downtown Chicago is provided by the Northwest Line of the METRA Suburban Rail System which runs through Downtown Park Ridge.
Being a key geographic location close to O'Hare Airport, major expressways and rail transportation, Park Ridge homes for sale offer you convenience as well as a place to live with strong home-town charm.
Actually, Park Ridge gets its name from a ridge of land on which it sits. The underlying soil of this ridge is rich in clay, and the village was actually a brick-making center for the developing City of Chicago in the mid-1800’s. Park Ridge was originally called Pennyville to honor George Penny, the businessman who owned the local brickyard along with Robert Meacham, but it was later named Brickton, before adopting its current name.
Park Ridge is the hometown of former First Lady & current U.S. Senator
Hillary Rodham Clinton
. When she visited Park Ridge on her 50th birthday in 1997, the city renamed the southeast corner of the intersection of Elm and Wisner Streets, near her girlhood home the "Rodham Corner."
Schools in Park Ridge are well respected and nationally ranked, including noted Maine South High School, Ms. Clinton’s Alma Mater. Streets are tree lined, and houses possess historic character. College football enthusiasts may recall that Park Ridge is also home to the headquarters of the
Big Ten Conference
The most recognizable feature in the Village of Park Ridge is the
, an example of an art deco movie palace dating back to 1928. The theater still shows movies, as well as plays to this date. 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 1,250 people. In the 1980s, The Pickwick's facade was one of many used as the backdrop for the opening credits of Siskel and Ebert's "At the Movies."
Park Ridge has a strong small-town appeal with cupolas, church spires and the 100-foot tower of the historic Art Deco Pickwick Theatre defines its unique skyline. The city slogan, “A Wonderful Place," describes a premier residential community with tree-lined streets, eye-pleasing architecture, and outstanding schools, parks and library. Park Ridge city leaders are committed to providing excellence in City services in order to maintain a high quality of life, so the community will remain a wonderful place to live and work. Park Ridge homes for sale offer you the opportunity to live in a warm and welcoming community.