Links of Interest
Distance to Downtown Chicago
Average Drive Times
19 Minutes to Chicago Loop
24 Minutes to O’Hare Airport
23 Minutes to Midway Airport
River Forest is a small yet affluent village, known for its elegant homes and historical architecture. Located in Cook County, tied to the "tri-village” area of Oak Park and Forest Park, it sits on 2.5 square miles, along the eastern bank of the Des Plaines River.
Life in River Forest has something for everyone. Whether you're looking for entertainment or cultural enlightenment, River Forest allows its residents the accessibility of a respected performing arts center, various parks, numerous dining experiences, movie theatres and art galleries in and around the neighboring villages.
The River Forest Town Center, offers a downtown shopping experience that hosts a variety of independent and chain businesses like Walgreens, Panera Bread, Whole Foods and Jewel. The tree-lined streets and old-world charm give this village a true definition of luxury.
Noted for its elegant homes designed and constructed at the turn of the century by, among others, Frank Lloyd Wright; the character of this era remains apparent and appreciated today, as River Forest enjoys some the highest property values in the Chicago area. Accompanying high property values are top notch schools, both public and private, like Lincoln and Willard Elementary, Theodore Roosevelt Middle School and Trinity High School. River Forest is also home to acclaimed universities, Dominican and Concordia.
With a small population of approximately 11,600, River Forest has been home to many famous residents, including: Chicago Cubs star pitcher, Carlos Zambrano; Harry Potter film director, Chris Columbus; and famed radio commentator, Paul Harvey.
Easy access to expressways, and convenient service to Chicago on Metra's Union Pacific/West Line, and the Harlem Green Line EL station on the eastern border, makes River Forest the destination to call your home.