Norridge, Illinois

Coordinates: 41°57′54″N 87°49′26″W / 41.96500°N 87.82389°W / 41.96500; -87.82389
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Norridge, Illinois
Village of Norridge, Illinois
Flag of Norridge, Illinois
Official seal of Norridge, Illinois
The Community of "Compassion, Care, Hope"
Location of Norridge in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Norridge in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°57′54″N 87°49′26″W / 41.96500°N 87.82389°W / 41.96500; -87.82389
CountryUnited States
 • PresidentDaniel Tannhauser
 • Total1.81 sq mi (4.68 km2)
 • Land1.81 sq mi (4.68 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
 • Total15,251
 • Density8,435.29/sq mi (3,257.39/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
Area codes708/464
FIPS code17-53377
Wikimedia CommonsNorridge, Illinois

Norridge is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 15,251 at the 2020 census.[2] The village and its neighbor to the east, Harwood Heights, together form an enclave within the city of Chicago (i.e. they are surrounded by the city). Norridge is sometimes referred to as the "Island Within a City".[3] The current President of Norridge is Daniel Tannhauser.[4]

Name origin[edit]

The name "Norridge" was suggested by resident Mrs. Link. "Nor" comes from Norwood Park Township, and "Ridge" comes from the nearby suburb of Park Ridge.[citation needed]


Located in Norwood Park Township, the first names of what would become Norridge were "Goat Village", due to a local resident's goat farm, and "Swamp" due to a lack of streets and the area's swamp-like conditions. Norridge began as an 80-acre (320,000 m2) subdivision that ran from Ozanam Avenue in the west to Olcott Avenue in the east and from Irving Park Road in the south to Montrose Avenue in the north. In 1948, a local improvement association incorporated Norridge as a village, stymieing an effort by Chicago to annex the area.[5]

That year, Karl Kuchar was elected the first President of the village.[citation needed]

The 1950s was a decade of growth and development, encouraged by the paving of sidewalks, streets, and curbs, and the installation of storm and sanitary sewers. In 1954 Norridge annexed land north from Montrose to Lawrence.[5]

Norridge borders the Cook County Forest Preserves and was home to several horse stables, including Happy Days Stables at Montrose and Cumberland. Most of the stables were gone by the late 1970s.[citation needed]


Norridge is located at 41°57′54″N 87°49′26″W / 41.96500°N 87.82389°W / 41.96500; -87.82389 (41.965030, -87.823859).[6]

According to the 2021 census gazetteer files, Norridge has a total area of 1.81 square miles (4.69 km2), all land.[7]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the 2020 census[2] there were 15,251 people, 5,530 households, and 3,700 families residing in the village. The population density was 8,435.29 inhabitants per square mile (3,256.88/km2). There were 5,956 housing units at an average density of 3,294.25 per square mile (1,271.92/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 82.94% White, 0.43% African American, 0.38% Native American, 6.08% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 4.36% from other races, and 5.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.74% of the population.

There were 5,530 households, out of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.30% were married couples living together, 9.76% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.09% were non-families. 28.37% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.37% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.17 and the average family size was 2.54.

The village's age distribution consisted of 18.5% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 22% from 25 to 44, 27.5% from 45 to 64, and 25.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46.6 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $78,300, and the median income for a family was $93,170. Males had a median income of $58,365 versus $39,837 for females. The per capita income for the village was $36,959. About 1.9% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.


As of the 2023 elections, the current elected officials of the Village of Norridge are:[9]

  • Daniel Tannhauser - President (since 2019)
  • Gabriela Krasinski - Clerk (since 2021)
  • Donald Gelsomino - Trustee (since 2011)
  • William Larson - Trustee (since 2019)
  • Jack Bielak - Trustee (since 2019)
  • Andrew Ronstadt - Trustee (since 2019)
  • Debra Budnik - Trustee (since 2021)
  • Frank Avino, Jr. - Trustee (since 2021)

Presidents of Norridge[edit]

Mayor Years
Karl Kuchar 1949–1951
Joseph Sieb 1951–1998
Earl J. Field 1998–2009
Ronald A. Oppedisano 2009-2013
James Chmura 2013–2019
Daniel Tannhauser 2019–present

Local culture[edit]

The Harlem Irving Plaza brought in sales tax that led to decreased property taxes. Begun in 1956 with 45 stores, the center had 140 stores by the 1990s.


Public schools[edit]

Public elementary school districts serving Norridge include:[10]

Public high school districts include:


  • Divine Savior Church (Merged with St. Eugene Church and Our Lady Mother of the Church)[14][15]


Eisenhower Public Library District serves Harwood Heights and Norridge.

Notable people[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Explore Census Data". Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  3. ^ Harwood Heights, IL
  4. ^ "Norridge Facebook page". Facebook.[user-generated source]
  5. ^ a b Durkin Keating, Ann (November 15, 2008). Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide. University of Chicago Press. p. 234. ISBN 9780226428833. Retrieved December 21, 2020.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  7. ^ Bureau, US Census. "Gazetteer Files". Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Village President and Board of Trustees | Village of Norridge".
  10. ^ "Village of Norridge, Illinois - Schools". Archived from the original on May 13, 2007. Retrieved May 11, 2007.
  11. ^ "Welcome to Pennoyer Elementary School District 79". Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  12. ^ "Home - Norridge School District 80". Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  13. ^ "Welcome to Union Ridge School District 86, a K-8 public school in Harwood Heights, Illinois". Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  14. ^ "Archdiocese of Chicago Provides Update on Two Renew My Church Groupings". Archdiocese of Chicago. Retrieved December 22, 2022.
  15. ^ Divine Savior Church
  16. ^ "Bruce Artwick is still flying" (PDF). Department of Computer Science Alumni News. University of Illinois. 1996. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  17. ^ "Top loan shark's brother sentenced for role in racket". Chicago Tribune. August 28, 1997. p. 3. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  18. ^ "James Fotopoulos". IMDb.
  19. ^ "Illinois General Assembly - Senator Biography".
  20. ^ "Gene Nudo Bio | Fenwick High School". Archived from the original on February 2, 2017.
  21. ^ Paoletta, Michael (August 18, 2007). "Making The Brand - What Would Elvis Think? Reaction Is Mixed For Viagra Ad Set To Famed Presley Tune". Billboard. John Kilcullen. Retrieved January 12, 2013.

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