The city benefited during the industrialization in the 19th century by the location on the road from Milan to Switzerland.
The city consists of the districts of Ravello, San Lorenzo, Villastanza and Villapia. The neighboring municipalities are: Cerro Maggiore, San Vittore Olona, Canegrate, Nerviano, Busto Garolfo Casorezzo and Arluno.
One of the most famous buildings is the Church of Parabiago.
- Croatia Samobor, Croatia, since 2010
- Libero Ferrario (1901-1930), cyclist and world champion, born in Parabiago. The " Stadio Civico " Parabiago is named after him, and the local cycling club called Societá Ciclista Libero Ferrario Parabiago. Even an amateur race, the Targa Libero Ferrario, is hosted in his honor.
- Franca Rame (1929-2013), theater-maker, born in Parabiago
- Giuseppe Saronni ( b. 1957 ), cyclist and World Champion. Raised in Parabiago, where he still lives today.