River Forest, Illinois

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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, Illinois. There are significant architectural designs located in River Forest such as the Winslow House by Frank Lloyd Wright. The population was 11,635 at the 2000 census.

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



River Forest is located at 41°53′35″N 87°49′2″W / 41.89306°N 87.81722°W / 41.89306; -87.81722 (41.893031, -87.817182)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km²), all land.


There are two public elementary schools, Lincoln Elementary School and Willard Elementary School. There is one public middle school, Theodore Roosevelt Middle School. River Forest shares a high school with Oak Park, known as Oak Park and River Forest High School, located in Oak Park.

River Forest is home to two Catholic grade schools and one Lutheran grade school. In the Catholic schools, St. Luke parish school & St. Vincent's, 63% of the enrollments are River Forest residents. Grace Lutheran School enrolls children from 3 years old through eighth grade [1]. River Forest has one all-girls' secondary school, Trinity High School. Only 4% of St. Vincent's alumni are from River Forest due to its location on North Avenue, since it is the only choice of Catholic schools for the southern portion of River Forest's neighbor, Elmwood Park.

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