Park Ridge has a rich history and some of it can be found right in our neighborhoods.  To take a self-guided tour, click on one of the links below for a map and additional information.

Bike/Driving Tour – Take a tour of some of the historical homes of Park Ridge using our map complete with pictures and descriptions of each stop along the way.

Bike or Drive Tour

“View of History” Walking Tour Around Hodges Park – Start in the park across from City Hall to learn about early Park Ridge.

View of History Tour

Milestones of History – Campfire Girls Fountain

The Park Ridge Heritage Commission restored this fountain in 2007, while also adding a ring of granite plaques to commemorate events and people important to the history of Park Ridge since 1932. The Heritage Commission was assisted by the following to create the “Milestones of History”:  City of Park Ridge, Park Ridge Park District, John D. Simms Family Foundation, Park Ridge Community Women, Park Ridge Historical Society and the Dorothy S. Walker Trust.

To learn more about the history of the fountain and the 34 milestones that surround it click on the button below.

Milestones of History Tour

Prospect Park Tour – Take a tour of Prospect Park, the former site of the Illinois Industrial School for Girls and Solomon Cottage, now home to the Park Ridge History Center.  Download a copy of the tour at the link below:

Prospect Park Tour