Burr Ridge, Illinois

Burr Ridge, Illinois
Village of Burr Ridge
Motto: "A very special place"

Location in DuPage County and the state of Illinois.
Coordinates ("): 41°45′11″N 87°55′12″W / 41.75306°N 87.92000°W / 41.75306; -87.92000Coordinates: 41°45′11″N 87°55′12″W / 41.75306°N 87.92000°W / 41.75306; -87.92000
Country  United States
State Illinois
Counties DuPage, Cook
Townships Downers Grove, Lyons
Incorporated 1956
  Type Council-manager
  Mayor Mickey Straub
  Total 7.14 sq mi (18.5 km2)
  Land 7.00 sq mi (18.1 km2)
  Water 0.14 sq mi (0.4 km2)  1.96%
Population (2010)
  Total 10,559
  Density 1,508.4/sq mi (582.4/km2)
  Up 1.45% from 2000
Standard of living (2007-11)
  Per capita income $81,192
  Home value $679,400
ZIP code(s) 60527
Area code(s) 630 and 331
Geocode 17-09980
Website www.burr-ridge.gov
Demographics (2010)[1]
White Black Asian
80.4% 2.0% 14.8%
Islander Native Other Hispanic
(any race)
0.0% 0.05% 2.7% 4.1%

Burr Ridge (formerly Harvester) is a suburb of Chicago, in Cook and DuPage counties, Illinois, United States. The village is listed among the top wealthiest towns in Illinois and is locally known for its large beautiful residences. The population was 10,559 at the 2010 census.[1]


Burr Ridge is located at 41°45′11″N 87°55′12″W / 41.75306°N 87.92000°W / 41.75306; -87.92000 (41.753030, -87.919998).[2]

According to the 2010 census, Burr Ridge has a total area of 7.141 square miles (18.50 km2), of which 7 square miles (18.13 km2) (or 98.03%) is land and 0.141 square miles (0.37 km2) (or 1.97%) is water.[3]

Burr Ridge lies in both Du Page and Cook counties. The village is bordered by Hinsdale to the north, Western Springs to the northeast, Indian Head Park to the east, Willow Springs to the south and southeast, and Willowbrook to the west, along with 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 in Burr Ridge 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 414 acres (1.7 km2) 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 190 acres (0.8 km2) that became known as the Burr Ridge dairy farm. He later launched the Burr Ridge Estates, with 5-acre (20,000 m2) 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. The Four Pines Farm gave way to the Carriage Way subdivision, at whose entrance the original farmhouse still stands, 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.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201510,818[4]2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] 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 per square mile (221.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 90.69% White, 0.98% African American, 0.03% Native American, 8.93% Asian, 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%).[7]

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.[8] 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.

Notable people

Government and infrastructure

Burr Ridge is in the 3rd congressional district, which has been represented by Democrat Dan Lipinski since 2005.[9]

Burr Ridge is served by Pleasantview Fire Protection District (headquartered in LaGrange Highlands)[10] and Tri-State Fire Protection District (headquartered in Darien).[11] Tri-State Fire Protection District Station 3 is located on Madison Street in southern Burr Ridge.


Primary schools

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Community colleges


Burr Ridge includes 10 major parks. The largest park, and home of the Burr Ridge Park District, is Harvester Park. Other parks include Citizens Park, Kraml Park, Palisades Park, Stevens Park, and Whittaker Park in the south, Garywood Park and McCullough Park on Plainfield Road, and Oak Grove Park and Woods Pool Park in the north. [12]

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