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The Town Of River Forest, Illinois
With Chicago to the east and the Forest Preserves to the west, you can imagine why some say River Forest offers the perfect balance between urban and suburban lifestyles.

Commuters find easy access to downtown Chicago. O’Hare International and Midway airports are easily reached by way of the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290), and the new Multi-Model transportation center is home to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra (Chicago Northwestern Railroad), and PACE bus service.

In 1831, Bickerdike and Noble, a Chicago firm built a sawmill just north of Lake Street on the east bank of the Des Plaines River. The mill, reportedly the only one within 20 miles of Chicago, was vital to the growth and settlement of the River Forest community.

Settlers were attracted by the fertile land, forests and river, which bordered on the west. The arrival of the railroad in 1865 was probably the single most important factor in the development of the community.

John Murphy, who followed the railroad to River Forest, graded the first River Forest streets and completed the conversion of the Thatcher acreage and another farm into a town. The Village of River Forest was incorporated in 1880 with Timothy Kirk as its first president.

Candidates for the office of president and the six board trustees were nominated at town meetings. Most of the community land is covered by residential buildings, churches and educational institutions. Like its eastern neighbor, Oak Park, the village can boast a rich architectural heritage and a citizenry that appreciates both the preservation of that heritage and of the good schools and life it has developed.
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Featured Businesses Serving River Forest
Law Offices of Roy Kessel
3255 N. Arlington Heights Road, Suite 51
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

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Jim Pinto - House Portraits
515 W. Wrightwood
Chicago, IL 06014
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Chicago Health Insurance
3000 Lakeside Drive, Suite 200 South
Bannockburn, IL 60015

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Mustang Internet Services, Inc.
951 Dunham Lane
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Utilities Serving River Forest
Water CompaniesRiver Forest Public Works
400 Park Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305
Waste RemovalRiver Forest Public Works
400 Park Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305
Local Phone CompaniesAmeritech
30 South Wacker, 34th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
Electric CompaniesComEd
P.O. Box 805379
Chicago, IL 60680-5379
Gas CompaniesNicor Gas
P.O. Box 190
Aurora, IL 60507-0190
Government Offices Serving River Forests
City HallsRiver Forest Village Hall
400 Park Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305
Drivers Licenses and Vehicle Registration/ License PlatesChicago West Driver Services Facility
5301 W. Lexington Ave.
Chicago, IL 60644
Schools Serving River Forest
Elementary Schools
Lincoln Elementary School511 Park Ave(708) 366-7340
Willard Elementary School1250 Ashland Ave(708) 366-6740
Middle Schools
Roosevelt School7560 Oak Ave(708) 366-9230
Roosevelt School7560 Oak Ave(708) 366-9230

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