Park Ridge, Illinois

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Park Ridge, Illinois, is a Chicago suburb of 37,775 residents. It is located fifteen miles northwest of downtown Chicago, it is close to O'Hare International Airport, major expressways and rail transportation. It is a part of the immediate Chicagoland area, bordering two of the northwestern Chicago neighborhoods of the Far North Side (Edison Park, Chicago and Norwood Park, Chicago).

As its name suggests, Park Ridge lies on a ridge. The soil is abundant with clay deposits, which made it a brick-making center for the developing city of Chicago. Park Ridge was originally called Pennyville to honor George Penny, the businessman who owned the local brickyard along with Robert Meacham. Later it was named Brickton. The Des Plaines River divides Park Ridge from neighboring Des Plaines, Illinois, which is west of Park Ridge. Chicago is both south and east of Park Ridge, and Niles and Unincorporated Maine Township to its north.[3][citation needed]

Park Ridge is the hometown of former First Lady & current United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. When she visited Park Ridge on the occasion of her 50th birthday in 1997, the city renamed the southeast corner of the intersection of Elm and Wisner Streets, next to her girlhood home, "Rodham Corner."

The city is also home to the headquarters of the Big Ten Conference.

Park Ridge is also home to three American Youth Football National Champions (2006 ,2007, 2009) and one American Youth Cheerleading National Champion (2007).

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Landmarks

Park Ridge's most recognizable landmark is the Pickwick Theatre, an art deco building dating back to 1928. In addition to being a movie theater, it is also a venue for plays and concerts. In 1975, the theater was named to the National Register of Historic Places. Although smaller theaters have been added to the rear of the building, the main auditorium theater remains intact in its original large five-aisle state. The main auditorium can seat up to 1,450 people. In the 1980s, The Pickwick's facade was one of many used as the backdrop for the opening credits of Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert's "At the Movies." The uptown area is currently under development. There are new buildings, condominiums and stores located across from the Park Ridge Public Library.

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