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River Forest, Illinois

River Forest, Illinois
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Area 2.48 sq mi (6 km2)
 - land 2.48 sq mi (6 km2)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 11,172 (2010)
Density 4,504.8 / sq mi (1,739 / km2)
Government Village
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 708
Location in Cook County and the state of Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Wikimedia Commons:
Website: .us.river-forestwww

River Forest is a suburban village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. 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. There are significant architectural designs located in River Forest such as the Winslow House by Frank Lloyd Wright. The population of the village was 11,172 at the 2010 census.[1]

River Forest has a railroad station with service to Chicago on Metra's Union Pacific/West Line.


  • Geography 1
  • Education 2
  • Government and infrastructure 3
  • Demographics 4
  • Notable residents 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


River Forest is located at (41.893031, -87.817182).[2]

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 2.48 square miles (6.4 km2), all land.[3]


Dominican University and Concordia University Chicago are both located in River Forest.

There are two public elementary schools, Lincoln Elementary School and Willard Elementary School. There is one public middle school, Roosevelt Middle School. The elementary and middle schools are in River Forest Public Schools District 90.

River Forest shares a high school with Oak Park, known as Oak Park and River Forest High School, located in Oak Park.[4]

River Forest is home to two Catholic grade schools and one Lutheran grade school. In the Catholic schools, St. Luke parish school & St. Vincent Ferrer, 63% of the enrollments are River Forest residents. Grace Lutheran School enrolls children from 3 years old through eighth grade [2]. River Forest has one all-girls' secondary school, Trinity High School.

River Forest also has another private school, Keystone Montessori School, established in 1994. It serves children 9 months of age to 8th grade as an alternative learning style for children.[5] It educates children using the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori.

The River Forest Public Library is located at 735 Lathrop Avenue.

Government and infrastructure

The United States Postal Service operates the River Forest Post Office at 401 William Street.[6]


As of the census[9] of 2010, there were 11,172 people, 3,961 households, and 2,776 families residing in the village. There were 4,176 housing units.. The racial makeup of the village was 84.8% White (down from 86.35% in 2000), 6.7% African American (down from 7.8%), 0.1% Native American, 4.5% Asian (up from 3.13%), 1.8% from other races (up from .98%), and 2% from two or more races (up from 1.59%) Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6% of the population (up from 4.01%).[10]

The average household size was 2.61; the average family size was 3.19 (families constituted 70.1% of households). 51.5% of family households had related children under age 18 living with them. People living alone constituted 26.3% of households. The median age was 41.3, with 14.2% of residents being over age 65.[11]

The median income for a household in the village was $122,854, and the median income for a family was $171,100. Males working full-time had a median income of $124,695 versus $64,250 for females. The per capita income for the village was $66,028. About 3.4% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.8% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.[12]

Notable residents

River Forest has been home to many notorious Italian Down syndrome. Cook County state's attorney Anita Alvarez lives in River Forest.[18] Several great inventors resided in River Forest, including Edwin Perkins, who invented Kool-Aid, James Dewar, who invented the Twinkie, and Franklin Clarence Mars, who invented the Mars Bar.[19]

See also


  1. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): River Forest village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  3. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places - Illinois". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
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  6. ^ "Post Office Location - RIVER FOREST." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on April 17, 2009.
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder".  
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  18. ^'s-River-Forest-versus-Riverside-for-State's-Attorney/
  19. ^ "Wttw". Chicago's Western Suburbs: From Prairie Soil to Prairie Style. Wttw>com. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 

External links

  • Village of River Forest official website
  • River Forest Public Library
  • River Forest Community Center
  • Wednesday Journal, newspaper of Oak Park and River Forest
  • Oak Park - River Forest Chamber of Commerce
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