Chicago Ridge is named for the deep ridges left in the ground when huge amounts of dirt were removed by train during construction of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. The Wabash St. Louis & Pacific railway, and later the Chicago Calumet Terminal railway, played an influential role in Chicago Ridge's history, bringing jobs and settlers to the area. Current residents enjoy the convenience of their own Metra commuter train stop. The train travels from Illinois to Manhattan daily, with stops in Chicago and other Illinois cities.
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Real estate values are on the rise! In the past year, the median sales price for homes in Chicago Ridge increased nearly 10 percent. That's great news for potential home buyers, as it means their investments are likely to increase in value. It also means that now is the ideal time to buy a house while prices are still affordable. One smart way to do this is to search for rent to own homes. Look at newer subdivisions like Ridge Cove and established areas like Village Center.
Plenty of homes available! As of late 2014, there were nearly 60 houses for sale in Chicago Ridge. Take a drive through the residential areas around Stony Creek Golf Course, and you'll see plenty of home for sale signs. Another area with strong housing inventory is the Chicago Ridge Highlands subdivision.
RidgeFest! Each July, folks from all over the Chicago metro area head to Chicago Ridge for RidgeFest, four days of outstanding live music, carnival rides, games, a petting zoo and pony rides. You'll also enjoy shopping, eating and drinking in the beer garden. Freedom Park is ground zero for this summer celebration. When you live in Chicago Ridge, you can party on at the Tilted Kilt or Kinderhook Tap after the festival winds down around 11:30 p.m.
Farmers' Market! The farmer's market offers a variety of foods in addition to fresh fruits and veggies. Grab a bite to eat from Smilin' Clyde's Weenie Wagon, Aracely's Bakery or Diamond Dough Girls. These local vendors are fixtures at most of the markets. Occasionally local radio stations like K-Hits 104.3 will broadcast from the farmers' market, and live cooking demonstrations will be held.
Chicago Ridge Mall! You're never far from outstanding shopping, dining and new-release movies; the mall's got it all! The AMC Chicago Ridge 6 features cozy reclining seats. The mall offers shops and restaurants that appeal to all ages and tastes, from Buffalo Wild Wings and Dairy Queen to Pier 1 Imports, Sears and Earthbound Trading Co.
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