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Chicago Ridge

Village of Chicago Ridge

  •   State: 
    Cook County
    Chicago Ridge
      County FIPS: 
    41°42′9″N 87°46′43″W
      Area total: 
    2.27 sq mi (5.87 km²)
      Area land: 
    2.27 sq mi (5.87 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.00 sq mi (0.00 km²)
    1914; Incorporated 1914
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Chicago Ridge, Cook County, Illinois, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    6,363.76 residents per square mile of area (2,457.11/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Incorporated on October 17, 1914, the village has an area of approximately 2.2 square miles (5.7 km²) 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. The path of Stony Creek arcs through the village. 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. The village is located at 41°429N 87°4643W (41.702482, -87.778690). According to the 2021 census gazetteer files, Chicago Ridge has a total area of 2.27 sq miles (5.88 km²), all land. It is 18 miles (29 km) southwest of the Loop. The population of Chicago Ridge was 14,127 in 2000, and is expected to rise to 14,433 by the end of the decade. The city of Chicago is located in the southwestern portion of Cook County, Illinois, about 20 miles (32 km) south of downtown Chicago. The area was first settled in the 1840s by German and Dutch farmers. In the 1850s, the Illinois & Michigan Canal reached from the Little Calumet River westward through the Saganash-kee Slough. The town was named after a member of one of the founding families of the Chicago Ridge area who won the Kentucky Derby in 1910.


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. 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. 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. Chicago Ridge grew from 176 in 1920 to 888 in 1950. Along with a strong new industrial and commercial base, the population increased dramatically, to 5,748 in 1960 and 14,127 in 2000. 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. The first post office opened in 1900 in the Berger factory, and in 1902 the W Abash Railroad established a train station.


Chicago Ridge is located at 41°429N 87°4643W (41.702482, -87.778690).According to the 2021 census gazetteer files, Chicago Ridge has a total area of 2.27 square miles (5.88 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. The village is home to the Chicago Cubs baseball team, the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team, and the Chicago Bears football team. The Chicago River runs through the center of the village, with the Chicago River dividing the village into two sections, one on the east and the other on thewest. The Illinois River, which runs through Chicago Ridge, is the source of the city's nickname, "The Chicago River", and the Illinois Turnpike, which cuts through the village. The city's name is derived from the Chicago river, which was once known as the "Chicago River" and is now known as "The Illinois River" The village has a population of 1,816.5 (as of the 2011 census), and is located on the edge of the Chicago metropolitan area, about 18 miles from the city of Chicago. It is located in the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn, Illinois, which is about 30 miles (48 km) south of Chicago's downtown.


As of the 2020 census there were 14,433 people, 5,339 households, and 3,364 families residing in the village. There were 5,989 housing units at an average density of 2,640.65 per square mile (1,019.56/km²) The racial makeup of the village was 72.54% White, 9.77% African American, 0.28% Native American, 2.33% Asian, 0,01% Pacific Islander, 6.55% from other races, and 8.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.64% of the population. The village's age distribution consisted of 22.6% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 32. 3% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.3%. The median age was 35.7 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.3 males. The median income for a family was $64,206. The per capita income for the village is $24,310. About 19.4% of families and 21.0% of residents were below the poverty line, including 8.9% of those age 65 or over. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of anyrace. The US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category.


Charles Polchow served as the first president of Chicago Ridge when it organized as a village in 1914. Charles and his wife, the former Luzina Zippel, arrived March 10, 1897, to Chicago Ridge. Their first home was a farmhouse at 107th near Oak Park Avenue, where their first four children were born. The Chicago Ridge Park District offers a "before/after" school care program. The Village President is the chief executive officer, and the Board of Trustees is the legislative body. Local elections are held every two years in the spring. Chicago Ridge is in Illinois's 3rd congressional district. The village is governed by a President and Board oftrustees. The President is elected four-year terms. The Board of trustees is made up of three men and three women. The current Village President, Eugene "Gene" Siegel, was elected as a Part-time Village President in 1975 and held the position until 1993. He was the longest serving Village President until he retired in 2013 making him the longest-serving Village President of Chicago ridge. The town is located in Worth Township and is located on the Illinois Turnpike at 103rd Street and Ridgeland Avenue. It is located near the Chicago River and the Illinois State Line. It has a population of 2,000. It was founded in 1914 and was named after the town's first president, Charles PolChow, who emigrated from Germany in 1897. The first village president was Charles Polchows, who died in 1951 at the age of 78.

Business and industry

Landis Plastics, Inc. manufactures injection molded and thermoformed plastic packaging for dairy and other food products. During 2002, Landis generated $211.6 million of net sales. The Park at Chicago Ridge is a 135-acre (0.55 km²) industrial park located off Southwest Highway at 103rd Street, which features rail transport and easy access to major expressways, including the Tri-State Tollway, and the Stevenson and Eisenhower expressways. The Chicago Ridge Mall (formerly Westfield Chicago Ridge) at 95th and Ridgeland has over 130 stores and a six-screen theater. TheChicago Ridge Commons has over 55 strip stores. The park also has a library, parks, and a community center for children and adults to play in and learn about each other's lives. The City of Chicago Ridge has a population of 2.2 million. The city has a GDP of $1.2 billion, the third highest in the U.S. behind New York and Los Angeles. It has an unemployment rate of 1.7%. The city's population is 2.1 million, the lowest in the United States, and it has a poverty rate of 0.8%. The City's population has a growth rate of 3.7% since 2000, the highest since 2000. The population has increased by 1.8% in the last decade. The town has a crime rate of 4.1%. The population is 1.3% and the economy has grown by 2.4% over the past decade.


The Chicago Ridge Park District has 23 acres (93,000 m2) of land available for recreational purposes. The district offers over 100 programs for residents of all ages. 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. The park district has nine parks containing tennis courts, baseball fields, a fitness center/gymnasium, and a newly completed miniature golf/batting cages complex. It also has a large outdoor theater complex with a capacity of over 1,000 people. In addition to the parks, the district offers a number of activities for children and adults, such as a swimming pool and a baseball diamond. It offers a variety of sports and activities for adults and children, including a bowling alley and a miniature golf complex. In the summer, the park district also hosts the RidgeFest festival, which is held in Freedom Park in the last week of July. The festival is known for drawing large crowds of people from across the Chicago area and beyond. It has been held for more than 30 years and draws thousands of people each year. It was founded in the early 1970s and is now one of Chicago's most popular summer festivals. It draws people from all over the U.S. and the world to Freedom Park every year.


Chicago Ridge has a station on Metra's SouthWest Service, which provides daily rail service between Manhattan, Illinois, and Chicago Union Station. The station is located on the Illinois Turnpike, which runs from Chicago to New York City. The turnpike is one of the nation's busiest, with daily service between New York and Chicago. It also provides daily service from New York to Chicago, with a stop at Chicago Ridge on the Chicago Turnpikes' Illinois TurnPike line. It was built in the late 1800s and early 1900s as a stop for the Chicago and New York TurnPikes Railroad. It is now part of the Metra SouthWest service.


Chicago Ridge provides some public services. Public schooling is provided through the [[Chicago Ridge School District 12712]]. Elden Finley Junior is Chicago Ridge's middle school. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago operates Catholic schools. Our Lady of the Ridge Catholic School closed in 2018. Chicago Ridge high school students attend Harold L. Richards High School in neighboring Oak Lawn. The Chicago Ridge Public Library is located in the center of the town. The Freedom Activity Center (which provides preschool), and Teen Center are also located in Chicago Ridge. The public library is run by the Chicago Ridge Community Foundation. The Teen Center is operated by the Teen Center of Chicago Ridge, which was founded in the early 1990s. The library is open to the public on weekdays and on the weekend. It is open from 9am to 5pm. It has a free library card and offers free Wi-Fi in the community center. It also has a mobile phone app that allows users to make and receive phone calls and text messages. The phone number is 1-800-273-8255, and the mobile app can be found at Ridge-public-library-and-cell-phone-app.html#storylink=cpy.Chicago-Ridge-Public-Library- and-Cell-Phone-Service-1.

Notable person

Tim Pyznarski, first baseman for the San Diego Padres. James J. Konetski, DuPage County, Illinois, Circuit Court Judge. Tim Pyznarski is a former member of the San Francisco Giants. He is the son of former San Francisco Giant and former San Diego Giants first baseman Tim Pyzharski. He was born in San Diego, California, and grew up in DuPage, Illinois. He has a son, James, who is also a San Diego Giant and a DuPage Giants player. He also has a daughter, Sarah, who was born on September 11, 2010. He died on September 25, 2013, at the age of 69. He had been married for more than 30 years, and has two children. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Iraq War. He now lives in Illinois with his wife and two children, and works as a judge in the DuPage area. He's also a member of San Diego's San Diego County Board of Supervisors. He played for the Padres from 2002 to 2007. He retired from the Padres in 2007, and is now a judge for the county. He and his wife have a daughter and son-in-law, who lives in California. They have two sons, James Konetskis, a judge, and a grandson, who also plays in the Padres' minor league team, the San Antonio Missions. They also have two daughters, Sarah Konetskoski, who plays for the Chicago Cubs.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Chicago Ridge, Cook County, Illinois = 6.8. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 31. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 11. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Chicago Ridge = 3.6 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 14,433 individuals with a median age of 35.6 age the population dropped by -7.28% in Chicago Ridge, Cook County, Illinois population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 6,363.76 residents per square mile of area (2,457.11/km²). There are average 2.41 people per household in the 5,356 households with an average household income of $54,856 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 10.80% of the available work force and has dropped -4.37% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 20.46%. The number of physicians in Chicago Ridge per 100,000 population = 255.4.


The annual rainfall in Chicago Ridge = 36 inches and the annual snowfall = 39.1 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 121. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 190. 85 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 16.9 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 47, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Chicago Ridge, Cook County, Illinois which are owned by the occupant = 50.00%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 36 years with median home cost = $124,440 and home appreciation of -17.24%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $16.10 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,001 per student. There are 17.3 students for each teacher in the school. 6226.09% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 10.14% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 3.78% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Chicago Ridge's population in Cook County, Illinois of 1,382 residents in 1900 has increased 10,44-fold to 14,433 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.02% female residents and 48.98% male residents live in Chicago Ridge, Cook County, Illinois.

    As of 2020 in Chicago Ridge, Cook County, Illinois are married and the remaining 48.48% are single population.

  • 34.8 minutes is the average time that residents in Chicago Ridge require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    81.05% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 8.73% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 7.20% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 0.67% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Chicago Ridge, Cook County, Illinois, 50.00% are owner-occupied homes, another 45.65% are rented apartments, and the remaining 4.35% are vacant.

  • The 56.06% of the population in Chicago Ridge, Cook County, Illinois who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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