Burr Ridge, Illinois

Burr Ridge, Illinois

Chicagoland municipality
muni-name = Burr Ridge
muni = Village
date = 1956
state = Illinois
county = DuPage
county2 = Cook
tcounty = Cook
township = Downers Grove
township2 = Lyons
gov = Council-manager
head_label = Mayor
gov_head = Gary A. Grasso
pop = 10,408
density-km = 625.9
density-mi = 1,620.1
status = up
percent = 35.72
prevyear = 1990
white = 85.69
black = 0.98
hispanic = 2.92
asian = 10.93
islander = 0.03
native = 0.03
other = 0.75
zips = 60527
acode = 630 and 331
area-km = 16.9
area-mi = 6.5
pci = 78,518
geocode = 09980
mhi = 189,507
mnhv = 458,700
mhv = 527,908 (2000)
website = www.burr-ridge.gov

Burr Ridge (formerly Harvester) is an affluent suburb of Chicago, in Cook and DuPage Counties, Illinois. The population was 10,408 at the 2000 census.


Burr Ridge is located at coor dms|41|45|11|N|87|55|12|W|city (41.753030, -87.919998)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 6.5 square miles (16.9 km²), of which, 6.4 square miles (16.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (1.68%) is water.

Burr Ridge lies in both Du Page and Cook Counties. The village is bordered by Darien, Hinsdale, Indian Head Park, La Grange, Western Springs, Willowbrook, and several unincorporated areas.


Burr Ridge's gently rolling hills were carved by glaciers at the end of the last ice age, and most of the village lies on the Valparaiso Moraine. Flagg Creek, a tributary of the Des Plaines River, runs through town.

Joseph Vial erected a log cabin near Wolf and Plainfield Roads in 1834. Vial also ran a hotel on the stagecoach line, and the Vial family was actively involved in Lyons Township politics and the creation of the Lyonsville Congregational church. The first Democratic Convention in Cook County was held here in 1835. After 1848, farmers shipped their goods to Chicago along the Illinois and Michigan Canal. A small settlement of German farmers also inhabited Flagg Creek by the 1880s.

In 1917 the International Harvester Company purchased convert|414|acre|km2|1 for an experimental farm, where it tested the world's first all-purpose tractor, the Farmall. Also in 1917, the Cook County Prison Farm (also known as the Bridewell Farm) began operation in what is now Burr Ridge.

In 1947 developer Robert Bartlett, whose company also developed Beverly Shores and Countryside, established the Hinsdale Countryside Estates out of a former pig farm. In 1956 these residents decided to incorporate as the village of Harvester, in honor of International Harvester.

In the 1940s Denver Busby bought convert|190|acre|km2|1 that became known as the Burr Ridge dairy farm. He later launched the Burr Ridge Estates, with five-acre home sites. In 1961 the International Harvester Company and the Burr Ridges Estates merged with Harvester, changing the community's name to Burr Ridge. The town name is derived from a group of bur oaks (scientists spell it with one r) on a ridge. By 1963 the population had more than doubled, to 790, and by 1975 it had soared to over 2,200.

In 1969, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley floated a proposal to build low-income subsidized housing on the prison farm property, but Republican-dominated DuPage County squashed the idea. The prison farm site became the Ambriance subdivision, a gated community of multimillion-dollar homes. Other farms gave way to the Carriage Way subdivision, and in 1971 additional farmland became the Braemoor neighborhood. An area known as Valley View, once owned by a Chicago industrialist and later by the Chicago chapter of the Boy Scouts of America, was developed in the early 1970s as the Burr Ridge Club. The village also has five corporate parks. As with other towns in the industrial corridor southwest of Chicago, close proximity to Interstates 294 and 55 spurred development in Burr Ridge.

Burr Ridge does not have their own Fire Department, although they do have their own Police Department. The Fire Department which maintains and covers the Burr Ridge area is the Pleasantview Fire Protection District(PFPD). The members of the PFPD do a tremendous job keeping the city of Burr Ridge safe.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 10,408 people, 3,541 households, and 2,914 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,620.1 people per square mile (625.9/km²). There were 3,679 housing units at an average density of 572.7/sq mi (221.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 90.69% White, 0.98% African American, 0.03% Native American, 8.93% Asian (including 6.1% Indian), 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.75% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.92% of the population.

The top five ancestries reported in Burr Ridge as of the 2000 census were German (21.2%), Irish (17.4%), Italian (12.2%), Polish (9.8%) and English (9.3%). [PDFlink| [http://censtats.census.gov/data/IL/1601709980.pdf Profile of General Demographic Characteristics, Burr Ridge, Illinois] |38.9 KiB . U.S. Census Bureau. Accessed 2007-04-10.]

There were 3,541 households out of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.4% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.7% were non-families. 15.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the village the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 20.1% from 25 to 44, 33.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $129,507, and the median income for a family was $186,480 [ [http://www.relohomesearch.com/NorthAmericaCity/IL/Burr%20Ridge.aspx Burr Ridge, Illinois Homes for Sale - MLS Real Estate Listings ] ] . Males had a median income of $99,060 versus $47,824 for females. The per capita income for the village was $58,518. About 2.5% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.


Most of Burr Ridge is in Illinois' 13th congressional district; the southeastern portion, the area in Cook County south of Interstate 55, is in the 3rd district.

Burr Ridge Village Center

The Burr Ridge Village Center is a new upscale lifestyle center located in the village. It has already begun to draw numerous upscale retailers, and crowds are common to the new center. Some retailers include:

*Ann Taylor
*White House Black Market
*Victoria's Secret
*New York & Company
*The Kohler Store
*J. Jill
*Eddie Bauer
*Banana Republic
*JoS. A. Bank Clothiers
*Ann Taylor LOFT
*Coldwater Creek
*Bath & Body Works
*Yankee Candle
*American Eagle Outfitters
*Limited Too

Currently, there are over 25 restaurants and stores at the mall.


High schools
*Hinsdale Township High School District 86 (Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale South High School)
*Lyons Township High School District 204

Community Colleges
*Community College District #502 (College of DuPage)


External links

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