Introduction to River Forest, Illinois

River Forest, Illinois, in Cook county, is 1 mile NW of Oak Park, Illinois and 8 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The village is conveniently located inside the Chicago metropolitan area. There are an estimated 11,635 people in River Forest.

River Forest History

In 1836, the first permanent resident called Ashbel Steele, a coroner, arrived in the area where the village of River Forest is now located. The area was then called Noyesville. Other settlers soon followed, gradually transforming the area into a full fledged farming village. In 1880, the village of River Forest was officially incorporated.

River Forest and nearby Attractions

  • River Forest Village Hall
  • River Forest Public Library
  • Albertus Magnus Science Hall
  • Thatcher Woods Glen
  • Trailside Museum of Natural History
  • Rebecca Crown Memorial Library

Things to do in River Forest

The River Forest Village Hall is the administrative center of the village. A visit to the Albertus Magnus Science Hall would prove to be interesting for tourists with a scientific interest. Trailside Museum of Natural History provides an insight into the history of the area. Thatcher Woods Glen is a beautiful park, and an ideal place for a quiet getaway.

River Forest Transportation

Chicago O'Hare International airport, located about 8 miles from River Forest, provides air transportation facilities.

River Forest Higher Education

Triton College and Morton College provide higher education to the people of River Forest.


Total Population 11,211
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 15%
Employed Population 16+ 5,102
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 59.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 72.3%
Median Earnings25+ $69,400
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $10,824
Median Earnings With High School Degree $42,438


Median Family Income $145,861
% Above Poverty Level 95.8%
% Below Poverty Level 4.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 10%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9%
% Using Public Transportation 20.1%


People Living Alone 23.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,275
Median House Value $569,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.9%
US/American 0.2%
English 11.2%
Irish 26.3%

River Forest Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles NW of Oak Park, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 8 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60305
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.897
Longitude -87.813

River Forest Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 7.9 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36.2 inches
Distance 13.6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 32 F
Apr Temp 42 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 84 F
Oct Temp 46 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38 inches
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 14.2 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Broadview 7,956 $63,671
Elmwood Park 24,960 $66,450
Forest Park 14,202 $65,407

River Forest Public Libraries

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River Forest, Illinois
(708) 366-5205
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