When you look at the housing stock, the schools, and mass-transit access to downtown Chicago, it's easy to understand why so many families find River Forest so attractive.
The Sun-Times ranks River Forest District 90 eighth among the state's top elementary schools and 25th among Illinois' top middle schools. Oak Park River Forest High School comes in 38th among the state's top-ranked high schools.
The commute from the River Forest Metra stop to downtown Chicago is a mere 20 minutes.
River Forest homes range from the modest to the magnificent, many with architectural and historical significance. The setting is dominated by towering trees and lush greenery.
Local correspondents Kathy and Tony Iwersen of Prudential Rubloff recently showed me around a 6,000 square foot French Normandy home on a large lot in River Forest. The home has 5 bedrooms, 4 ½ baths, and a great deal of period detailing and original woodwork. It's priced at $2,195,000 after a recent $400K reduction. We walk through the home in Part 2 of our video tour.