Norridge, Illinois

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Norridge is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 14,582 at the 2000 census. The current Mayor of Norridge is Ronald A. Oppedisano.

The village is completely surrounded by Chicago and Harwood Heights.


Name origin

The name "Norridge" was suggested by resident Mrs. Link. "Nor" comes from Norwood Park Township, and "Ridge" comes from the nearby suburb of Park Ridge.

Norridge is sometimes referred to as "Island Within A City", because along with nearby Harwood Heights, it is surrounded by Chicago on all sides.[1] A history book of the same name was written by Norridge author Tom McGowen.


Located in Norwood Park Township, the first names of what would become Norridge were "Goat Village", due to a local residents goat farm, and "Swamp" due to a lack of streets and the area's swamp-like conditions. Norridge started out as an 80-acre (320,000 m2) subdivision that ran from Ozanam Avenue in the West to Olcott Avenue in the East and from Irving Park Road in the South to Montrose Avenue in the North. In 1948, Norridge was about to be annexed by Chicago when a local improvement association moved to incorporate as a village, ending the city's effort to incorporate it. That year, Karl Kuchar was elected the first President of the Village of Norridge. The 1950s was a decade of growth and development, encouraged by the construction of a waterworks system, the paving of sidewalks, streets, and curbs, and the installation of storm and sanitary sewers. In 1954 Norridge annexed land north from Montrose to Lawrence. Also that year, Norridge Youth Committee was established.

Norridge borders the Cook County Forest Preserves and was home to several horse stables including Happy Days Stables at Montrose and Cumberland. Most of the stables were gone by the late 1970s.

In 1969, WRHS Television opened. In 1977 WRHS Radio began playing music at Ridgewood High School.


Norridge is located at 41°57′54″N 87°49′26″W / 41.965°N 87.82389°W / 41.965; -87.82389 (41.965030, -87.823859).[2]

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