The suburban Chicago city of Park Ridge has been officially recognized for its active role in preserving its history.
The city is the 75th local government in Illinois certified for historic preservation efforts. The designation comes from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the National Park Service.
A local government must have a historic preservation ordinance to be certified. It also must establish a preservation review commission, establish a local survey program to identify historic resources and get the public involved.
The Park Ridge Historic Preservation Commission has recognized seven local landmarks, including the Pickwick Theater Building. The commission also created an honor roll for 100-year-old homes in the community and started a photo inventory of significant historic structures.
The commission holds an annual poster contest for local children.