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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population11,217
Male Share of the Population49.1%
Female Share of the Population50.9%
Senior Citizens14.9%
Employed Population 16+4,928
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married58.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher74.6%
Median Earnings25+$71,228
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$54,457

Wealth

Median Family Income$146,667
% Above Poverty Level95.4%
% Below Poverty Level4.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home10%
% Walking and Biking to Work9.3%
% Using Public Transportation18.3%

Housing

People Living Alone21.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,215
Median House Value$574,600

Ancestry

Irish21.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)21.4%
Italian11%
English8.3%
Polish5.5%
Norwegian3%
Scottish2.7%
Swedish2.5%
French Except Basque2.3%
Russian1.6%
Greek1.6%
West Indian1.2%
Arab1.2%
Dutch1.2%
Ukrainian1.1%
Czech0.8%
Syrian0.7%
Canadian0.7%
Danishn0.7%
Austrian0.6%
Hungarian0.6%
Swiss0.6%
Welsh0.5%
Trinidad Tobago0.5%
Turkish0.4%
Belgian0.4%
Slovak0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Bermudan0.3%
Iranian0.3%
British0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Jordanian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
African0.2%
Palestinian0.1%
German0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Somali0.1%
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River Forest Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cook County
Standard Zip Codes60305
Phone Area Codes630,708
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.89
Approximate Longitude-87.81

River Forest Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCHICAGO OHARE INTL AP
Distance7.9 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp42 to 62 F
Annual Precip36.2 inches
StationCHICAGO UNIVERSITY
Distance13.6 miles
Jan Temp18 to 32 F
Apr Temp42 to 59 F
Jul Temp66 to 84 F
Oct Temp46 to 64 F
Annual Precip38 inches
StationWHEATON 3 SE
Distance14.2 miles
Jan Temp14 to 32 F
Apr Temp38 to 63 F
Jul Temp63 to 87 F
Oct Temp42 to 67 F
Annual Precip37.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Broadview7,915$64,589
Elmwood Park24,845$69,468
Forest Park14,137$70,021
Maywood24,029$53,816
Melrose Park25,422$49,914
Oak Park51,989$123,328

River Forest Public Libraries

River Forest Public Library
735 LATHROP AVENUE
River Forest, Illinois
(708) 366-5205

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River Forest Public Schools

Lincoln Elem School
511 Park Ave
ZIP: 60305
(708) 366-7340
Primary
Total Enrollment 383
Roosevelt School
7560 Oak Ave
ZIP: 60305
(708) 366-9230
Middle
Total Enrollment 655
Willard Elem School
1250 Ashland Ave
ZIP: 60305
(708) 366-6740
Primary
Total Enrollment 311

River Forest Private Schools

Concordia Univ Early Childhood Education Center
7400 Augusta St
ZIP: 60305
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
Grace Lutheran School
7300 Division St
ZIP: 60305
Elementary
Total Enrollment 192
Keystone Montessori School
7415 North Ave
ZIP: 60305
Elementary
Total Enrollment 96
Mosaic Montessori Academy
7970 Lake St
ZIP: 60305
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
St Luke Parish School
519 Ashland Ave
ZIP: 60305
Elementary
Total Enrollment 319
St Vincent Ferrer Elementary School
1515 Lathrop Ave
ZIP: 60305
Elementary
Total Enrollment 197
Trinity High School
7574 Division St
ZIP: 60305
Secondary
Total Enrollment 534
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