Burr Ridge is a relaxed country village; woodsy, winding streets, small lakes and woods, and grazing horses in fields. Incorporated on October 3O, 1956, as the one square mile Village of Harvester. the hamlet now encompasses approximately seven square miles, a population of around 7,600 and growing. Prior to its incorporation, the area was known as Robert Bartlett’s “Hinsdale Countryside Estates.”
The area in the past was home to the Sioux, Pottowattamie, Ottawa, and Chippewa Indians. However, after a treaty in 1835, most of the Indians were relocated west of the Mississippi River. By the early 1850’s, the area was only sparsely settled, with large tracts of land devoted to farming.
In August, 1961, the territory north of Route 66 was annexed, and in August, 1962, the name was changed to Burr Ridge, to denote the stand of burr oak trees on a ridge along County Line Road near Plainfield Road. The burr oak leaf became the Village emblem. A progressive village government is proud of being first in DuPage County to tap into the Lake Michigan water supply. Today, Burr Ridge encompasses approximately 7 square miles and is located approximately 15 miles from the Chicago Loop.
Just minutes from major expressways, 25 minutes from Chicago’s downtown lakefront, or to O’Hare Airport. The Burlington Northern commuter train is in nearby Hinsdale for added convenience.
Burr Ridge is served by the Hinsdale High School district’s Central and South Schools, as well as Lyons Township High School. Elementary school districts are: Hinsdale’s Elm School in the North area, Gower and Gower West in the middle South, and Pallisades and Anne Jeans to the South. Pleasantdale North School serves the Eastern area.
Hospitals in Hinsdale and La Grange serve Burr Ridge and many churches are in Burr Ridge and neighboring villages.
Office parks and commercial buildings are located near Interstate 55 and the 294 tollway. An office park campus with lakes and trees is under development and a small convenience store center is planned near County Line Road and 79th Street.
Ruth Lake Country Club, Edgewood Valley Country Club, Carriage Greens Country Club, and Timber Trails Golf Courses are nearby. Chalet Sports Center, Willows Springs Swim Club, Willowbrook and Hinsdale Racquet Clubs are also available to residents.
Burr Ridge homes have a wide price range from $170,000 to over $2,000,000. The average price is around $600,000. Many new homes are under construction and planned for the future. Most new homes range in price from $500,000 to above $1,000,000. The majority of homes are under 10 years old. A small number of condominiums have been built and a group of townhouses and under construction.
The Stevenson Expressway (I-55) and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) intersect in the village. It is 23 miles from the Loop, while Midway and O’Hare Airports are 20 and 40 minutes away, respectively. The Burlington Northern commuter railroad has a stop in Hinsdale. Bus routes run from Burr Ridge during rush hours.