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Chicago Ridge is 20 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, with a population of 14,305 according to 2010 census. The village borders remnants of a feeder canal for the Illinois & Michigan Canal that reached from the Little Calumet River westward through the Saganash-kee Slough.
Chicago Ridge’s median income is $44,101. Chicago Ridge public services include the Chicago Ridge Public Library, Elden Finley Junior High School, Ridge Central Elementary School, Ridge Lawn Elementary School, Freedom Activity Center, and Teen Center. Ridge Central Elementary School is one of Chicago Ridge’s top elementary schools. To enhance the relationship between police officers and children in the community, Chicago Ridge has instituted a Lunch with a Cop Program. By school year’s end, it is a goal to have had a police officer have lunch with every student in every classroom from the local schools. In hopes of forging a long lasting relationships with these very important members of this community. As a bonus, each student will receive a souvenir cup commemorating this encounter.
Chicago Ridge hosts the annual RidgeFest celebration the last weekend in July at Freedom Park. It is one of the best-known summer festivals in the southwest suburban Chicago area. It consistently draws large crowds from throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. The Chicago Ridge Park District has 23 acres of land available for recreational purposes, divided among nine parks containing tennis courts, baseball fields, a fitness center/gymnasium, and a newly completed miniature golf/batting cages complex. The district offers over 100 programs for residents of all ages.
The Juvenile Division of the Chicago Ridge Police Department takes a proactive role within the community to ensure that the youth of Chicago Ridge and its visitors remain safe within the community. A close relationship with Chicago Ridge School District 127 1/2 allows a platform for school programs that delivers key topics such as stranger danger, internet safety, bullying, train safety, peer pressure, firearms safety, drug and alcohol awareness, and bike safety to students in grades Pre-K to 8th grade. In addition, working closely with Our Lady of the Ridge Catholic School, Oak Lawn High School, and Richards High School has ensured that reaching all of the youth of Chicago Ridge is important. Beyond the classroom, participation in events like the annual Lock-In and the Chicago Ridge PTA’s March Madness, which gives another opportunity to further engage the youth of Chicago Ridge in a positive manner.
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