Burr Ridge

About Burr Ridge

Ideally situated at the intersection of the Tri-State Tollway and the Stevenson Expressway, the village of Burr Ridge offers easy access to Chicago's Loop and airports.

The village of Burr Ridge is bounded on the east by Wolf Road, on the north by 55th Street, on the west by Madison Street and Route 83 in the southern portion of the Village, and on the south by 97th Street.

Burr Ridge Village History

The gently rolling hills of Burr Ridge date thousands of years ago when they were carved by glaciers at the end of the last ice age. Most of the village lies on the Valparaiso Moraine. Flagg Creek, a tributary of the Des Plaines River, runs through the village.

Burr Ridge was once the home of the Chippewa, Sioux, Ottawa, and Pottawattamie Indians. Most of the Indians were relocated west of the Mississippi after an 1835 treaty.

In the early 1950s, Burr Ridge was sparsely settled and huge tracts of land were devoted to farming. The gently rolling hills and wooded sections of the eastern portion of the area were mostly divided into five-acre tracts.

The Busby family who owned these tracts of land, and whose farm included the ridge along County Line Road near Plainfield road, called the area "burr ridge" due to the large stand of burr oak trees. These five-acre tracts of land eventually became known as the Burr Ridge Estates.

In August 1961, the territory north of Route 66, including the 414 acre International Harvester research facility (now the J.I. Case facility and the Fieldstone, High Grove, Oak Grove, and Chestnut Hills developments), was annexed to Burr Ridge Village. The annexation included the area known as Burr Ridge Estate.

A year later, in August 1962, the name of the community was changed to Burr Ridge, with the burr oak leaf as its official village emblem. Burr Ridge’s slogan, "A Very Special Place,"  was actually the title of a small book written in 1976 at the time of its 20th Anniversary.

In 1969, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley proposed to build low-income subsidized housing on what was then a prison farm property, but Republican-dominated DuPage County opposed the idea.

The prison farm site later became the Ambriance subdivision, a gated community of luxury homes.

The Four Pines Farm eventually developed into the Carriage Way subdivision, with the original farmhouse still standing at its entrance.

In 1971, additional farmland was developed as 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, became the Burr Ridge Club in the early 1970s.

By 1997, Burr Ridge became known as one of the 300 wealthiest communities in America. The Village fathers monitored the transformation of these large tracts of land into planned communities in order to preserve the woodlands, ponds, and wetlands that have become a hallmark of Burr Ridge Village. The burr oaks still exist in Burr Ridge.

Burr Ridge Homes

From its humble beginnings as huge tracts of farmland, Burr Ridge Village is now a planned community of approximately 7 square miles, with more than 11,000 residents residing in approximately 3,000 fine homes on generous lots and distinguished townhome communities.

Offices, shopping, and five corporate parks have been incorporated into its natural setting, attracting both residents and businesses to settle in Burr Ridge.

As with other towns in Southwest Chicago’s industrial corridor, proximity to Interstates 294 and 55 spurred development in Burr Ridge.

The well-balanced mix of business and residential communities has allowed Burr Ridge to maintain a healthy corporate fund and one of the lowest tax rates in DuPage County.

Education

Burr Ridge is within several school districts servicing Primary and High School Children: Burr Ridge Community Consolidated School District 180, Gower School District 62, Hinsdale School District 181, Pleasantdale School District 107, Hinsdale Township High School District 86,  Lyons Township High School District 204.

There is also a community college, College of DuPage, as well as other colleges and universities like Everest College and ITT Technical Institute.

With a unique blend of charming natural landscape, fine homes, and thriving businesses, Burr Ridge is indeed “A Very Special Place.”

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