Park Ridge is a Chicago suburb with a population at the 2010 census of 37,480 residents.It is located 15 miles (24 km) northwest of downtown Chicago. It is close to O'Hare International Airport, major expressways, and rail transportation.
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 area of Park Ridge was inhabited by the Potawatomie until they were removed in 1833, after which it was settled by people of New England origin. George Penny established a brickworks in the area. In 1910 Park Ridge had a population of 2,009. In 1930 the population was 10,417. In 1950 the population was 16,602.In 1970, the population had risen to 42,466.