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.