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Chicago Ridge is a small village in Illinois, in the United States. This village of less than 15,000 people covers an area of approximately 2.2 square miles. It is located in the south-western edge of Cook County, 20 miles (32 km) from downtown Chicago. Chicago Ridge got its name from the ridges that are left behind when trainloads of dirt were brought out to the countryside and piled up by the Wabash Railroad during construction of the Columbian Exposition of 1893. Stony Creek winds through the village. This creek is actually a remnant of a feeder canal build by settlers in the 1840s, for the Illinois and Michigan Canal. Portions of the main canal have been filled in, but Stony Creek is still in existence.
Chicago Ridge’s economy is based on being a commuter precinct of Chicago. There is also some industry in the area that contributes to local employment. One company of note in Chicago Ridge is Landis Plastics, Inc., owned by Berry Plastics Corp which manufactures injection molded and thermoformed plastic packaging for dairy and other food products. Chicago Ridge also has a 135-acre Industrial Park, called simply The Park. There is available office space in to rent Chicago Ridge.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Chicago Ridge hosts the annual RidgeFest celebration the last weekend in July at Freedom Park. This celebration draws consistent crowds from all over the greater Chicago area. The Chicago Ridge Park District oversees 23 acres (93,000 m2) of recreational land. This land is divided among 9 parks. There are baseball fields, miniature golf and batting cages, tennis courts, a fitness center, and an indoor gymnasium. Dining options in Chicago Ridge include Billy Boy’s Restaurant, Jenny’s Steak House, Jack Desmond’s Irish Pub, the Titled Kilt Pub & Eatery, Pepe’s Mexican Food Restaurant, and Rosa’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant.
The nearest major airport to Chicago Ridge is Chicago Midway International Airport. This airport operates international and domestic flights out of Chicago and is 8 miles from the village center. Another major airport found nearby is Chicago O’Hare International Airport, which offers international and domestic flights and is 29 miles from Chicago Ridge. Chicago Ridge has a station on Metra’s SouthWest Service, which provides daily rail service between Manhattan, Illinois and Chicago. There is also bus service that takes commuters to Chicago’s downtown area.