PARK RIDGE HISTORY
First settled: Mid-1830s (land from Pottawatomi Indians) Village founded: July 4, 1873, name
changed to Park Ridge Incorporated: April 19, 1910 Former names: Pennyville; Brickton (1855)
Clara Barck Welles, founder of the Kalo Arts & Crafts Community, the birthplace of Kalo Silver
Hillary Rodham Clinton, 67th Secretary of State and former First Lady (former address: 235 Wisner, 5th Ward)
Frederick Goudy, invented 120 typefaces
Grant Wood, student at the Kalo Workshop, artist (American Gothic)
Eugene Kupjack, miniaturist; works displayed at the Chicago Art Institute
Alfonso Iannelli, sculptor (designed elements of the Pickwick Theater)
Actors: Harrison Ford, John Pankow
Actresses: Karen Black, Carrie Snodgrass
Musicians: Steve Goodman, folk singer and songwriter; Jim Pankow, founding
member of rock band, Chicago
Olympians: Tom Hoff, 2008 Olympic gold medalist, men’s volleyball; Nancy Swider-
Peltz, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988 Olympic speed skater; David Santee, Olympic skater
Clute Studio, 720 Garden, Former home and studio of artists Beulah and Walter
Marshall Clute, members of the Park Ridge Artist’s Colony.
Hannah Greenebaum Solomon Cottage at the Park, 773 N. Prospect
Iannelli Studios Heritage Center, 255 N. Northwest Hwy.
Pickwick Theater, Art Deco masterpiece, 5 S. Prospect Ave. in Uptown
PARK RIDGE COMMUNITY FUND
Want to make a real difference right in your own community? Here’s the easiest way to do it. So
many important causes ask for your support these days. Busy as you are, how can you be sure
your gift will truly make a difference — and that it will benefit people in Park Ridge?
The Park Ridge Community Fund is how. Our campaign theme is “Giving begins at home”, and that’s just what we do. The Park Ridge Community Fund is a 501 c(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. Your one gift supports medical research, rehabilitation, health care education, and more including safe emergency housing and care for women and their children; support for the sick and their families; services to help seniors stayed engaged and health, and activities to provide wholesome outlets for youth and teens. And that’s just the beginning! So many people are counting on us, and if you share our belief that giving begins at home, I know we can count on you.
You can donate securely at www.PRCommunityFund.org or drop a check in the mail to:
Park Ridge Community Fund, 720 Garden St., Park Ridge, IL 60068.