Norridge is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 14,572 at the 2010 census. The village and its neighbor to the east, Harwood Heights, together form an enclave within the city of Chicago (i.e. they are completely surrounded by the city). Norridge is sometimes referred to as the “Island Within a City”. The current President of Norridge is Daniel Tannhauser.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, Norridge was about to be annexed by Chicago when a local improvement association moved to incorporate as a village, ending the city’s effort to incorporate it. That year, Karl Kuchar was elected the first President of the village. The 1950s was a decade of growth and development, encouraged by the construction of a waterworks system, 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. Also that year, the Norridge Youth Committee was established. Norridge borders the Cook County Forest Preserves and was home to several horse stables, including Happy Days Stables at Montrose and Cumberland.
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