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River Forest

  •   State: 
    Cook County
    River Forest
      County FIPS: 
    41°53′35″N 87°49′3″W
      Area total: 
    2.48 sq mi (6.43 km²)
      Area land: 
    2.48 sq mi (6.42 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.00 sq mi (0.00 km²)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    River Forest, Cook County, Illinois, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    4,724.60 residents per square mile of area (1,824.37/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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River Forest is a suburban village adjacent to Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, U.S. Per the 2020 census, the population was 11,717. Two universities make their home in River Forest, Dominican University and Concordia University Chicago. The village is closely tied to the larger neighboring community of Oak Park. River Forest has a railroad station with service to Chicago on Metra's Union Pacific/West Line. There are two public elementary schools, Lincoln Elementary School and Willard Elementary School, and one public middle school, Roosevelt Middle School. The elementary and middle schools are in the River Forest Public Schools District 90. The public library is located at 735 Lathrop Avenue. The United States Postal Service operates the River forest Post Office at 401 William Street. River forest is located along the Des Plaines River to the west and is bordered by Illinois Route 43 to the east and Illinois Route 64 to the north. According to the 2010 census, River forest has a total area of 2.482 square miles (6.43 km²) (or 99.92%) is land and 0.002 sq miles (0.01 km²), (or 0.08%) is water. It is home to two Catholic grade schools and one Lutheran grade school. All three enroll children from 3 years old through eighth grade. It also has one all-girls' secondary school, Trinity High School. It serves children 9 months of age to 8th grade as an alternative learning style for children.


The Native American history of the area is closely tied to the Des Plaines River. Menominee and Chippewa settlements near what is now the Desplaines Avenue and Roosevelt Road forest preserves of Cook County. In 1842, the first planked road in River Forest, now Lake Street (Chicago), was created, and would eventually connect to the Lake Street extending into downtown Chicago. The Galena and Chicago Union Railroad completed construction of tracks westward from Chicago, and train service commenced in January, 1849. The G&CU was later absorbed by the Chicago & Northwestern Railway in 1859 and the C&NW was consolidated into the Union Pacific Railroad in 1995. This line, now called the Union. Pacific/West Line between Chicago and Elburn, Illinois is a busy commuter service, jointly operated by Union Pacific and Metra. It is a joint venture between the two rail companies. The line is currently operated by Metra and Union Pacific, and runs between the cities of Chicago, Elburn and Chicago. It was built in 1842 and 1849, and is now one of the busiest rail lines in the U.S. It runs through the heart of the Chicago metropolitan area. The first train station was built on the site of the present-day Chicago International Airport in 1848. The station was completed in 1849 and was named after the Galena & Chicago Union Railway, which was founded in 1838. The railway was absorbed into Union Pacific in 1895.


River Forest lies along the Des Plaines River to the west and is bordered by Illinois Route 43 to the east and Illinois Route 64 to the north. According to the 2010 census, River Forest has a total area of 2.482 square miles (6.43 km²) (or 99.92%) of which is land and 0.002 sq miles (0.01 km²), or 0.08%) is water. Much of the western boundary of River Forest consists of the Thatcher Woods forest preserve of Cook County and the Desplaines River Trail. River Forest is located in Cook County, Illinois, and is part of the Cook County Forest Preserve District. It is located on the Illinois Turnpike, which runs through the city of Chicago and the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates. The city's population was 2,788 in 2010. It has a population of 2,856 in the 2011 census. The area is home to the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, and Chicago Cubs High School football teams. It also has the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs ice hockey team, Chicago Bears hockey team and Chicago Bulls baseball team. The town has a history dating back to the 18th century. It was named after the River Forest, Illinois where the first European settlers arrived in the 17th Century. The current mayor of the town is a former mayor of Chicago, John J. J. O'Connor, who was elected to office in 1974. The community has a long history of being active in the community.


Dominican University and Concordia University Chicago are both located in River Forest. River Forest shares a high school with Oak Park, known as Oak Park and River Forest High School. The Keystone Montessori School serves children 9 months of age to 8th grade as an alternative learning style for children. The River Forest Public Library is located at 735 Lathrop Avenue in the River Forest section of Oak Park. The town is home to two Catholic grade schools and one Lutheran grade school. St. Luke Parish and St. Vincent Ferrer School are Catholic schools, and Grace Lutheran School is Lutheran. All three enroll children from 3 years old through eighth grade.River Forest has one all-girls' secondary school, Trinity High School, which was established in 1994. It educates children using the philosophy of MariaMontessori. The city has one public elementary school, Lincoln Elementary School and Willard Elementary School, and one public middle school, Roosevelt Middle School. It also has a public library, River Forest public Library, which is located in the Town Center section of the town. The Town Center area of River Forest has a population of 3,000 people. It is the largest city in the Chicago area with more than 1,000,000 residents. It has one high school, Oak Park high School, located in Oak Park; River Forest high school is in the neighboring town of Forest Grove. The community also has two public elementary schools, Willard elementary School and Lincoln elementary School, as well as Roosevelt middle school.

Government and infrastructure

The U.S. Postal Service operates the River Forest Post Office at 401 William Street. The post office is open seven days a week. The Post Office is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. For confidential support call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see for details. In the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255. For support in the UK, call 08457 909090.


As of the census of 2010, there were 11,172 people, 3,961 households, and 2,776 families residing in the village. The racial makeup of the village was 84.8% White (down from 86.35% in 2000), 6.7% African American, 0.1% Native American, 4.5% Asian (up from 3.13%) Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6% of the population. The average household size was 2.61; the average family size was 3.19. Males working full-time had a median income of $124,695 versus $64,250 for females. The per capita income was $66,028. About 3.4% of families and 5.9% of residents were below the poverty line, including 7. 8% of those under age 18 and 3.6% ofThose age 65 or over. The median income for a household in theVillage was $122,854, and the medianincome for a family was $171,100. The village has a population of 11,000, with 14.2% of its residents being over age 65. The population of the Village has a median age of 41.3, with the median age for a resident being 41.4 years old. The Village has an average population of 10,000 and a median household size of 2. 61. The town has a per capita population of $66.028. The city has a total population of 12,000.


River Forest is perhaps best known for the diversity of early 20th century American residential architectural styles. The Winslow House and the River Forest Tennis Club are most notable for Frank Lloyd Wright's early styles. River Forest is also known for its architecture within the Prairie School and other architectural styles of the time. It is located in New Jersey, New York, and Illinois. It was founded in 1903 and was named after the town of River Forest, New Jersey. The town is now home to the New Jersey School of Architecture and the University of New Jersey at St. John's, which was established in 1913. It has been home to many of the architects who designed the town's buildings. The city is also home to a number of museums, including the National Museum of American History and the Museum of Science and Industry, which dates back to the 18th century. It also has a National Historic Site, which is located at the center of the town and was built in the 1920s and 1930s. The River Forest Golf Club is located on the banks of the Connecticut River and is known as one of the oldest golf courses in the U.S. and is home to several of the country's most famous golf courses, including The Golf Club and The Golf Course at River Forest. The Tennis Club is also located in the town, and was once known as the Tennis Club of the United States. It opened its doors to the public in the 1940s and has since become a popular destination for tennis enthusiasts.

Notable events

River Forest hosted the 2016 Little League Baseball Illinois State Tournament at Keystone Park. The Rotary Club of Oak Park River Forest hosts the Food Truck Rally in Keystone Park that donates all net proceeds to local charities. The event includes 10 trucks with sweet, savory, and beer trucks; a live music stage; and a family activities area. The 2019 Little League Illinois Baseball Champions will be held in River Forest on June 14 and 15.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in River Forest, Cook County, Illinois = 6.8. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 31. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in River Forest = 3.6 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 11,717 individuals with a median age of 36.8 age the population dropped by -5.15% in River Forest, Cook County, Illinois population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 4,724.60 residents per square mile of area (1,824.37/km²). There are average 2.63 people per household in the 3,826 households with an average household income of $103,012 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 10.80% of the available work force and has dropped -4.37% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 20.46%. The number of physicians in River Forest per 100,000 population = 255.4.


The annual rainfall in River Forest = 36 inches and the annual snowfall = 39.1 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 121. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 189. 85 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 16.9 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 47, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in River Forest, Cook County, Illinois which are owned by the occupant = 82.19%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 66 years with median home cost = $485,200 and home appreciation of 10.17%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $16.10 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,795 per student. There are 16.4 students for each teacher in the school, 930 students for each Librarian and 1718 students for each Counselor. 2.94% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 31.27% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 38.11% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • River Forest's population in Cook County, Illinois of 1,539 residents in 1900 has increased 7,61-fold to 11,717 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 53.67% female residents and 46.33% male residents live in River Forest, Cook County, Illinois.

    As of 2020 in River Forest, Cook County, Illinois are married and the remaining 41.17% are single population.

  • 29.9 minutes is the average time that residents in River Forest require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    63.27% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 4.31% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 16.25% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 5.35% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in River Forest, Cook County, Illinois, 82.19% are owner-occupied homes, another 12.70% are rented apartments, and the remaining 5.11% are vacant.

  • The 56.06% of the population in River Forest, Cook County, Illinois who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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