Park Ridge

Welcome to Park Ridge

Peaceful community with fantastic amenities
Park Ridge, Illinois, is a suburban city located in Cook County and is situated about 15 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. Park Ridge was founded in 1850 and was the epicenter of a thriving brick-making industry. 
Today, Park Ridge is a bustling community known for its excellent schools, beautiful neighborhoods, green spaces, arts and entertainment, and easy access to major transportation hubs. The school district is highly regarded, and there are ample opportunities for academic and athletic involvement for students in all grades. Park Ridge is easily accessible by car or train, with a train station near the city center. Overall, Park Ridge is an exceptional place for those seeking an engaging suburban lifestyle close to Chicago.

What to Love 

  • Convenient access to public transportation
  • Close to O’Hare and downtown Chicago
  • Beautiful parks and green spaces
  • Excellent dining, shopping, and entertainment
  • Highly-rated public and private schools

Local Lifestyle

Park Ridge is a beautiful city offering diverse recreational activities and attractions, including parks, museums, and performing arts venues. Park Ridge’s rich history as the brick-making center for Chicago's development can still be seen in many of its historic buildings and landmarks today. 

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House is a fine seafood and steakhouse restaurant established in February 1997. The restaurant was founded by owners Hugo Ralli and Steve Lombardo with the goal of creating the finest seafood dining experience in the city. Almost three decades later, Hugo's remains a premier destination for delectable seafood dishes, including oysters, frog legs, lobster, and seasonal fish and shellfish.
Reyes Steak House was founded by culinary mastermind Carlos and savvy businessperson Adrian. Reyes Steak House offers an exceptional atmosphere as soon as you enter, with soothing jazz music, luxurious interior design, and the inviting aroma of steaks, pork chops, and lobster. The restaurant’s extensive menu offers a wide variety of surf and turf options, expertly crafted to satisfy all palates.
Elliott’s Seafood Grille exudes an elegant yet warm ambiance that is a testament to the authenticity of the Chicago area’s hospitality. Elliott's Seafood Grille is renowned for its high-quality steak, seafood, and exceptional service. Visitors can expect an unparalleled dining experience in a one-of-a-kind neighborhood steakhouse that has become a beloved institution over the years. 
2 Sisters Boutique A&L offers a unique and personalized shopping experience to customers. Owner Natalie Amabile, a former Nordstrom buyer, strives to welcome all customers with friendly service and a vibrant selection of on-trend clothing, shoes, and accessories for both women and men. In addition to the diverse range of products, the boutique also offers personalized styling sessions. 

Things to Do

Taste of Park Ridge is an annual festival that brings together community members and features local food, businesses, entertainment, and community groups. It was established from the earlier “Taste of Uptown” event, which aimed to enhance the traditional Summer Sidewalk Sale experience. Today, the Taste of Park Ridge offers exceptional free entertainment, family activities, and food vendors, attracting both residents and visitors.
The Earth Day Celebration at Maine Park Leisure Center is a day filled with exciting activities that honor and celebrate the earth. Visitors can participate in crafting recycled items, watching live animal shows, shopping from eco-friendly vendors, and meeting organizations that promote environmental awareness. You can meet Smokey Bear or the Lorax and challenge yourself to climb a tree with a rope. 
Park Ridge Farmers Market is a weekly event that takes place each Saturday from Memorial Day weekend through October. The Park Ridge Farmers Market offers a wide selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, specialty foods, baked goods, and seasonal produce from local farmers and artisans. Alongside shopping, visitors can enjoy free live music and children’s activities. 
Wildwood Nature Center enables you to observe various animals and obtain a comprehensive understanding of nature within the Nature Nook. For those seeking a more energetic excursion, outdoor trails showcase the native fauna, flora, and foliage. From woodland walks to prairie paths and a pond circuit, several unique and approachable hikes are available from dawn until dusk. 


Park Ridge is part of the Park Ridge Consolidated Community School District 64 and is served by public schools associated with this district. Multiple well-respected private schools are also located nearby. 

Overview for Park Ridge, IL

39,531 people live in Park Ridge, where the median age is 45 and the average individual income is $63,070. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Park Ridge, IL

There's plenty to do around Park Ridge, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Atlas Comics, CrossFit Des Plaines, and Max Martial Arts.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Shopping 3.11 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.73 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.89 miles 25 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.73 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Nightlife 4.09 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 4.83 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Park Ridge, IL

Park Ridge has 15,179 households, with an average household size of 2.57. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Park Ridge do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 39,531 people call Park Ridge home. The population density is 5,406.78 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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48.82 / 51.18%

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Schools in Park Ridge, IL

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The following schools are within or nearby Park Ridge. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Mary Seat Of Wisdom School
PreK - 8th
No rating available
St Andrews Lutheran School
PreK - 8th
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St Paul Of The Cross School
PreK - 8th
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Pk Ridge International Montessori School
PreK - 1st
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Franklin Elementary School
K - 5th
6th - 8th
Eugene Field Elementary School
K - 5th
George Washington Elementary School
K - 5th
Maine South High School
9th - 12th
Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School
K - 5th
9th - 12th
Ralph J Frost Academy
9th - 12th
No rating available
George B Carpenter Elementary School
K - 5th
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