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River Forest is a unique village, located on the border between Chicago and the western suburbs. Its proximity to the Des Plaines River and Thatcher Woods give the community a natural aspect, while the nearby suburb of Oak Park provides a variety of cultural, educational and dining experiences to compliment River Forest.

Well recognized for its elegant homes, designed and constructed during the turn of the century by the likes of many famed architects, including Frank Lloyd Wright, the  River Forest community offers historical aspects and a modern take on suburban living. Click here for more

History

Ojibwa, Menominee and Potawatomi inhabited the area until the 1830s when settlers constructed a steam-powered sawmill on the river. The area’s fertile land, forests and proximity to the river made it idea for farming and hog raising. Settlers began arriving throughout the 1800s, when the town was originally known as Noyesville.

The temperance movement is what cased River Forest’s incorporation in 1880. Money from local saloons helped pay for various urban amenities, and the area saw its biggest population boom in the early 1900s. Today, the population rises above 10,000 residents.

Transportation

River Forest provides a variety of transportation options. The town’s proximity to Chicago allows access to all of the major Chicagoland expressways, as well as airports.

There is a METRA stop in River Forest on the Union Pacific/West Line, providing a quick trip to downtown Chicago, as well as much of the western suburbs.

The CTA Harlem/Lake Train Station is conveniently located near River Forest and offers affordable and fast transportation to Chicago.

Restaurants

Bertolli Pizza has been making homemade Italian dishes in River Forest for over 30 years. The restaurant’s menu offers a variety of items with a dine-in, carry-out or delivery option.

For a hearty breakfast and classic lunch items, visit Grandma Sally’s Family Restaurant. The eatery is known for its apple pancakes.

Capri Italian Foods is a family-owned business that has offered imported Italian goods for more than 40 years. Visitors can purchase olive oils, cheeses, Italian ice and gelato, as well as the store’s homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs.

Outdoor Recreation

Found in 1905, the River Forest Tennis Club is a member-based organization that provides tennis facilities, a pool and a variety of club events throughout the year.

The River Forest Park District maintains parks across the area, featuring a number of tennis courts, baseball diamonds, walking paths, play areas and open space to accommodate outdoor activities.

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County is based out of River Forest, offering education and events throughout the entire Cook County forest preserve system. River Forest’s own Thacker Woods is a well-known area for events.

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