The Village of River Forest is a non-home rule community with a Village President and Board of Trustees elected at large and a professional Village Administrator who runs the day to day operations of the Village. River Forest was incorporated as a municipality in 1880.

See below for more information regarding our community:


River Forest is an affluent community of 11,200 with an average household income of $143,600. Nearly three-quarters of all adults age 25 or older have a college degree.


The River Forest Park District maintains 10 parks which include:

  • Baseball Fields
  • Soccer Fields
  • Open Space
  • Tennis Courts (illuminated)
  • Paddle Tennis
  • Climbing Wall
  • Sled Hill
  • Walking Path

 Sales Tax

Sales tax for general merchandise in River Forest is 8.75%. The sales tax is comprised of four separate taxing authorities as noted below:

Taxing Authority
Portion of Sales Tax
State of Illinois
Cook County
Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)
Village of River Forest 


Public School Districts:

  • River Forest Public Schools- District #90
  • Oak Park River Forest High School
  • Triton College

Private Schools:

  • Grace Lutheran School
  • St. Luke School
  • St. Vincent Ferrer School
  • Keystone Montessori School
  • Fenwick High School
  • Trinity High School
  • Concordia University
  • Dominican University


  • 10 minutes west of downtown Chicago via I-290
  • 20 minute CTA Green Line "L" ride to downtown Chicago
  • Metra Union Pacific West Line
  • Pace Bus Routes 305, 310, 317, 318, 320
  • Conveniently situated to O'Hare International Airport and Midway Airport