Welcome to River Forest
beautiful homes, large back yards, and close proximity to downtown Chicago


River Forest, a 2.5 square mile village just west of Chicago is nestled in a Forest Preserve with the Des Plaines river running through it. Two universities, Dominican and Concordia, make their home in River Forest. With its beautiful homes, large back yards, and close proximity to downtown Chicago, this western suburb is a very attractive place to live.


Downtown Chicago is an easy 9 mile drive on I-290 (the Eisenhower expressway). Many residents choose to catch the Greenline on Chicago’s El, or the Metra’s Union Pacific/West line from the nearby Oak Park station. Both Midway and O’Hare airports are easily accessible from River Forest, IL.


The Oak Park and River Forest High School was ranked in the top 5% of high schools nationally by the US News and World Report. District 90, the public school district serving Kindergarten through 8th Grade students, has two elementary schools and one middles school. District 90 consistently wins state and national awards.

  • Elementary Schools: Lincoln, Willard
  • Middle School: Roosevelt 
  • High School: Oak Park and River Forest High School


If you like Kool-Aid, Twinkies, Mars Bars, or Ferrara Pan candy, the founders and owners of these companies have all made their home in River Forest. It’s proximity to Thatcher Woods and the Des Plaines river provide opportunities to surround yourself with nature.  River Forest may be a quiet, residential, community but it is neighbored by Oak Park and Forest Park’s restaurants, shops, and festivals.


Real Estate

FAQ from Buyers

How important to obtain a pre approval? -An important step in making an offer is to determine how you will purchase the property – will you be obtaining a mortgage or are you paying cash? Most homebuyers will finance a purchase of this size so the first step in the process, even before seriously beginning your search, is to speak with a lender and have them prepare a pre approval letter for you.

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Behind The Scenes

Charming Oak ParK Condo Behind the Scenes 1118 Washington Blvd 3A, Oak Park, IL Hughes Home Team Agent Michele Barron shares a behind the scenes look

Local Events

Holiday Local Events 2021

I can’t believe it’s December already – this year has been a crazy one in real estate and doesn’t seem to be slowing down! Since Hughes Home Team joined Compass in September, we have been busy helping our clients buy and sell some truly special homes.

Local Events

Oak Park Halloween Events Guide 2021

Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park
Halloween 2021
TRICK-OR-TREAT 2021 Hours in Oak Park 1-5:30 pm | Forest Park, 3-7:30 pm | River Forest 3-7 pm


Fall Maintenance

Fall weather finally arrived. While we enjoy this beautiful weather, we can also tackle the fall maintenance lists. Don’t forget to pour a warm cup of tea!


Broker Associate , Hughes Home Team | Compass
On a team where client service is a top priority, Michele Barron is a...
Broker Associate , Hughes Home Team | Compass
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Broker Associate , Hughes Home Team | Compass
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