Park Ridge Community Church has a long and rich history. Celebrating its 175th year in 2018, it was the first church established in Park Ridge and is the oldest Congregational Church in Cook County.
In 1843, a small group of early settlers along the Des Plaines/Chicago River portage decided to join together in worship. They set aside their denominational differences, and meet at the local schoolhouse for Sunday worship and church school.
By 1848, the group had built a meeting house near Dee and Talcott roads. In 1868, Rev. J.H. Laird was hired as the first permanent minister, and the church became formally affiliated with the Congregational Church.
In 1873, thanks to a gift of land from Leonard Hodges, a land developer and the namesake of nearby Hodges Park, planning began for a new church on the triangle of land where our current church stands today.