Riverwoods, Illinois

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Riverwoods, Illinois
Location of Riverwoods in Lake County, Illinois.
Location of Riverwoods in Lake County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 42°10′15″N 87°53′45″W / 42.17083°N 87.89583°W / 42.17083; -87.89583Coordinates: 42°10′15″N 87°53′45″W / 42.17083°N 87.89583°W / 42.17083; -87.89583
CountryUnited States
 • MayorJohn W. Norris[1]
 • Total4.01 sq mi (10.40 km2)
 • Land3.97 sq mi (10.27 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)
 • Total3,660
 • Estimate 
 • Density897.91/sq mi (346.67/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s)224 847
FIPS code17-64538
Wikimedia CommonsRiverwoods, Illinois
Riverwoods Village Hall

Riverwoods is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States. It was established on the banks of the Des Plaines River in 1959 by local steel magnate Jay Peterson. The population was 3,660 at the 2010 census.[4] The corporate headquarters of Discover Financial and CCH are located there, as well as Orphans of the Storm, an animal shelter founded in 1928 by famous dancer Irene Castle. The village hosts the annual "Arts & Riverwoods" festival.[5]


Riverwoods features many significant examples of midcentury residential design, including over 40 homes designed by "prairie modernist" architect Edward Humrich. A recent wave of teardowns and the lack of a local preservation ordinance led the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois to identify Riverwoods in 2006 as one of the Chicago region's communities most threatened by overdevelopment.[6]


Riverwoods is located at 42°10′15″N 87°53′45″W / 42.17083°N 87.89583°W / 42.17083; -87.89583.[7]

According to the 2010 census, Riverwoods has a total area of 4.016 square miles (10.40 km2), of which 3.97 square miles (10.28 km2) (or 98.85%) is land and 0.046 square miles (0.12 km2) (or 1.15%) is water.[8]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)3,562[3]−2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 3,843 people, 1,261 households, and 1,118 families residing in the village. The population density was 963.3 people per square mile (371.9/km2). There were 1,281 housing units at an average density of 321.1 per square mile (124.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 94.12% White, 0.36% African American, 4.50% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.98% of the population.

There were 1,261 households, out of which 42.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 82.8% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.3% were non-families. 9.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 27.8% under the age of 18, 4.1% from 18 to 24, 21.8% from 25 to 44, 33.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $158,990, and the median income for a family was $166,076. The per capita income for the village was $67,878. About 1.8% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


Most of Riverwoods is part of Deerfield School District 109 for elementary and middle school, and part of Township High School District 113 for high school. Accordingly, these residents attend Wilmot Elementary School, South Park Elementary School, Caruso Middle School and Deerfield High School. Some areas of Riverwoods reside in Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 or Bannockburn Elementary School District 106 for elementary school, and Adlai E. Stevenson District 125 for high school.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "From the Mayor's Desk | Village of Riverwoods". Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Riverwoods village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
  5. ^ http://www.artsandriverwoods.org/about.html
  6. ^ http://www.landmarks.org/chicago_watch_2006_8.htm
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  8. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  11. ^ "American Weather Makers". www.americanweathermakers.com.
  12. ^ Goldsborough, Bob (September 10, 2014). "Ex-Smashing Pumpkins drummer relists Riverwoods mansion". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  13. ^ "Devin Hester makes poor return on Riverwoods house sale".
  14. ^ Goldsborough, Bob (August 8, 1999). "No stretch - Ex-Bull center sells Riverwoods home after Phoenix move". Chicago Tribune. p. 5.
  15. ^ "Topic Galleries". Chicago Tribune.
  16. ^ "Basketball great Michael Jordan's ex-wife pays $4,720,500 for a mansion in Chicago's River North neighborhood; Chicago sportscaster Bruce Wolf sells his house in Riverwoods, IL for $1,015,000 and pay".

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