River Forest ranked 25th on the recent Crain's Chicago Business list of the Chicago Area's Most Affluent Communities.
The Nov. 29 compilation, which purports to show "where the money is," is based on median household income, but also lists median home value, as well as the median age of residents in each town.
While most of the communities were clustered in groups along the north shore and in the northwest and southwest suburbs, River Forest stood alone among near west suburbs on the list.
River Forest ranks 19th on the list in median home value. And while it may be fast approaching its 125th birthday, the village was also one of the younger affluent communities, with a median age of 38.6 years, ranking them ninth, well below Hinsdale and Oak Brook at 51.3, but senior to Naperville at 31.0.
Kenilworth ranked first, both in median income ($236,648) and median housing value ($1,098,361). It was also a relatively spry 39.5 years of median age.
Power hiccup darkens OPRF briefly
A power outage at Oak Park and River Forest High School kept students in their second-period Tuesday classes until power was restored about an hour and 10 minutes later. Classes continued as normal after power was restored.
Backup generators kept power to emergency systems live, and provided basic lighting. School officials suspected a ground fault caused by water seepage was responsible for the outage.
In our profile of the First Tuesday group last week [Not your ordinary 'women's' group], we erred in identifying RaeLynne Toperoff as the director of the Literacy Volunteers of Western Cook County. The current director of that organization is Angela West Blank. We regret the error, and for anyone who wishes to contact them, the number is 848-8499.
In our article last week on PADS [PADS continues to expand, but slowly] we gave the mistaken impression that Austin Boulevard Christian Church is responsible for recruiting the volunteers to staff its site. Volunteer recruitment and assignment are the responsibilities of the PADS organization itself. We regret the misimpression.
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