About Park Ridge
Although it borders the city’s northwest edge, Park Ridge is a decidedly suburban community. The city is proud of its small-town vibe, which is just one reason why many residents have lived here their entire lives.
Park Ridge has several recognizable landmarks including the art deco Pickwick Theatre – a movie theater and venue that is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Pickwick’s façade was one of the theaters used as the backdrop for the opening credits of Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert’s At the Movies.
Park Ridge also has made an appearance in movies such as the 1980 Blues Brothers film that includes a chase through downtown. Actors Carrie Snodgress and Harrison Ford, as well as Hillary Clinton, all attended Maine East High School.
The city is proud to be a “community of volunteers.” The Brickton Art Center and Park Ridge Civic Orchestra have won Governor’s Home Town awards for excellence and volunteer involvement. The Park Ridge Fine Arts Symphony Orchestra offers free summer concerts in front of City Hall and farmer’s markets from spring to fall.
Commuters have convenient access to downtown Chicago with two commuter rail stations on Metra’s Union Pacific Northwest Line, as well as access to major expressways and O’Hare International Airport.