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Retirement Living In Chicagoland Northwest Suburb - Illinois

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Area Description

Park Ridge was proud to celebrate its Centennial year in 2010 and show off the many positive changes that have taken place in our community in the 21st century. If you are visiting Park Ridge, you will find shopping opportunities in all areas of our town that offer a variety of shopping choices, including national retail outlets, unique local boutiques, numerous restaurants ranging from formal to casual, with a variety of cuisines, and a number of entertainment and cultural choices. No matter what the season, there’s something going on in Park Ridge.

Uptown Park RidgeUptown View

Our main shopping area is found in our downtown core, which in Park Ridge has always been know as Uptown, named to prevent confusion with Chicago’s "downtown." The Park Ridge Public Library, City Hall, the Metra train station, the historic Pickwick Theatre, numerous retail shops and the new Residences and Shops of Uptown are all found near the six corner intersection of Touhy Avenue, Northwest Highway and Prospect Avenue. A variety of parking choices are available for visitors, from free 90 minute to three hour parking, metered and permit parking, and longer term parking.

South Park Shopping Area

South Park, located along Devon and Talcott avenues south of the Uptown area, is home to the South Park Shopping Center and other local retail and specialty businesses and restaurants. Unique stores include Erica's Jewelry & Allegro Music Center. Open parking, two hour and five hour parking is available.

Park Ridge Events of Note

The Park Ridge Farmers Market

is open on Saturdays from the end of May through October, from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., offering a wide assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables, cheeses and condiments, flowers and bakery goods, from vendors throughout the Midwest. The market is located off Prairie Street just south of the Metra train tracks.

The "Taste of Park Ridge"

is an annual summer event, held in July, which includes samplings of many foods plus live entertainment. A business expo is also featured as part of the event.

The Park Ridge Civic Orchestra
performs at the historic Pickwick Theatre in Uptown Park Ridge. The PRCO won a first place Governor’s Home Town Award in 1998, and in 2000, was named "Orchestra of the Year" by the Illinois Council of Orchestras. Learn more HERE.

Concerts in the Park

is a free series of Friday night summer concerts presented at City Hall adjacent to Hodges Park from late June to early August. The concerts feature the Park Ridge Fine Arts Symphony and are sponsored by the Park Ridge Fine Arts Society. Many of those attending bring a picnic dinner to enjoy during the evening.

Many local businesses are involved with the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce which sponsors events and activities to showcase the business area, such as Winterfest.

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Park Ridge is 20 minutes from downtown Chicago and 10 minutes from O'Hare International Airport. Rivers Casino is less than a mile away in Des Plaines. The Entertainment District of Rosemont and the Chicago Outlet Mall in Rosemont are 10 to 15 minutes away. No industry nor manufacturing in Park Ridge but lots of independent retail shops abound. A brand new fitness facility, Fitness Formula Club, opening in December 2016. Casual, ethnic, and fine dining restaurants are located in Park Ridge along with a nationally renowned teaching hospital, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

Cultural Activities

The Park Ridge Civic Orchestra, the summer concerts in Hodges Park, Kalo Foundation at Ianelli's Studios, the classic movie series at the historical Pickwick Theatre, and an active senior community via the Park Ridge Park District, Summit of Uptown, and The Sheridan at Park Ridge all make Park Ridge a wonderful city to live, work and play.

Public transportation

PACE bus, Metra rail (2 stations in Park Ridge), and the El stop at Cumberland is not very far away.

Medical Facilities

Park Ridge is home to the nationally recognized Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in addition to wellness centers within the drug stores and grocery stores.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Chicagoland Northwest Suburb, Illinois?

For those of you that retire in Chicagoland Northwest Suburb, you will enjoy warm summers, a cool fall, a cold winter and a temperate spring!

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 20's and highs in the mid 30's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 20's. Expect some rainy days in the winter. Assume some snowy days in the Winter with a lot of days with snow remaining on the ground.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Chicagoland Northwest Suburb such as a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 40's and highs in the upper 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 30's. Expect a lot of rainy days in the Spring, great for a day of shopping in Chicagoland Northwest Suburb!

Summertime in Chicagoland Northwest Suburb is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the low 70's and highs in the low 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 60's. Expect a few days above 90°. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in Chicagoland Northwest Suburb, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the low 50's and highs in the low 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 40's. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  17  24  31
 Feb  21  28  36
 Mar  29  38  47
 Apr  39  49  59
 May  48  59  70
 Jun  58  69  79
 Jul  64  74  84
 Aug  63  73  82
 Sep  55  65  75
 Oct  43  53  62
 Nov  33  41  49
 Dec  21  28  35

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  28  3
 Feb  0  24  1
 Mar  0  20  0
 Apr  0  6  0
 May  1  0  0
 Jun  3  0  0
 Jul  6  0  0
 Aug  4  0  0
 Sep  1  0  0
 Oct  0  3  0
 Nov  0  14  0
 Dec  0  26  1

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  2 "  10  18 %
 Feb  2 "  8  21 %
 Mar  2 "  11  28 %
 Apr  3 "  12  37 %
 May  4 "  12  47 %
 Jun  4 "  10  57 %
 Jul  4 "  10  62 %
 Aug  4 "  10  62 %
 Sep  3 "  10  54 %
 Oct  3 "  10  42 %
 Nov  3 "  11  33 %
 Dec  2 "  11  23 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  11 "  18  7
 Feb  9 "  13  5
 Mar  6 "  6  4
 Apr  1 "  1  1
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  2 "  1  2
 Dec  7 "  9  6

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Cost of Living for Chicagoland Northwest Suburb, IL

Chicagoland Northwest Suburb, Illinois cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Park Ridge has something for everyone.

Senior Assistance in Chicagoland Northwest Suburb, IL

Chicagoland Northwest Suburb, Illinois offers the following assistance for seniors:

FISH will take seniors to medical appointments and is run by volunteers.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Chicagoland Northwest Suburb Offer For Retirees?

There are numerous volunteer opportunities in Park Ridge through the hospital and the various nonprofit agencies that support the community.

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