About River Forest
The Village of River Forest, 10 miles west of Chicago, has rich architecture, beautiful homes and plenty of culture.
The affluence of its early settlers established the Village’s grandeur early on. The Village is committed to preserving its heritage. There are several structures designed by renowned architects, including Frank Lloyd Wright who designed and built Winslow House here in 1893. A total of 860 properties are in the Village’s historic district.
Historic homes include a variety of architectural styles including structures in Gothic Revival, Victoria, Prairie School, Tudor Revival, Bungalows, Art Deco and Moderne.
River Forest was originally part of a larger community that included parts of Oak Park and Forest Park before it incorporated on its own in 1880. The Villages remain connected through some of its cultural programs. The Oak Park--River Forest Performing Arts Center has long hosted stage productions by Circle Theatre, Festival Theatre and Village Players. River Forest’s orchestra was recently awarded Community Orchestra of the Year.
The Village is home to numerous boutiques and local shops. The Town Center features major retailers, including Whole Foods Market, Starbuck’s and Panera.
The River Forest Park District offers facilities and activities for all ages, including 10 parks with baseball fields, walking paths, sled hill and climbing wall. Residents enjoy wide-open spaces and three miles of Cook County Forest Preserve trails that surround the community.
River Forest students attend some of the highest-ranking schools in the state including two public elementary schools and one middle school in River Forest Public Schools District 90. High school students attend Oak Park and River Forest high schools in Oak Park. Students consistently rank among the top 10 Illinois high schools based on the number of National Merit and National Achievement honorees. There also are a number of parochial schools and a Montessori school.
Commuters enjoy a quick 20-minute commute to downtown Chicago on the CTA Green Line L or Metra’s Union Pacific West Line. Commuters have easy access to I-290 for a 10-minute drive downtown.