River Forest station

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River Forest
Location 8001 W. Central Street
River Forest, IL 60305
Coordinates 41°53′13″N 87°49′30″W / 41.8870°N 87.8249°W / 41.8870; -87.8249Coordinates: 41°53′13″N 87°49′30″W / 41.8870°N 87.8249°W / 41.8870; -87.8249
Owned by Union Pacific
Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks 3
Connections Pace (transit)
Other information
Fare zone B
Opened 1915
Passengers (2014) 434 (avg. weekday)[1]
Rank 115 out of 236[2]
Preceding station   Metra   Following station
toward Elburn
Union Pacific / West
toward Ogilvie

River Forest is a Metra commuter railroad station in River Forest, a western suburb of Chicago, on the Union Pacific/West Line. Trains go east to Ogilvie Transportation Center in Chicago and as far west as Elburn, Illinois. Travel time to Ogilvie is 20 to 24 minutes.

The station is at Central Avenue and Thatcher Avenue. The surrounding neighborhood is mostly characterized by single-family homes, baseball fields and tennis courts. Pace suburban buses stop one block to the north on Lake Street. To the east is an overpass that carries the Canadian National Railway's Waukesha Subdivision into Forest Park where the line rechristens itself to the CSX Altenheim Subdivision (B&OCT).

The station building was originally built in 1915[citation needed] by the Chicago and North Western Railway and is also the River Forest Park District headquarters.

The station is to undergo renovations in 2011. The platform will be rebuilt along with the stairways.[3]

Bus connections[edit]


  • 309 Lake Street
  • 313 St. Charles Road


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-26. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-26. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  3. ^ Richard Wronski (December 7, 2009). "Metra on track to rehab and rebuild dozens of stations". Chicago Tribune.

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