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Old 08-10-2013, 11:18 PM
 
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Just out of curiosity, are the parts that border Maywood cheaper?

I think the Forest preserve buffers it, so you don't really have a feeling of that side being different. In fact, the street (Forest) that is the last street of homes overlooks the Forest preserve, which many would find appealing. I do.
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Old 08-11-2013, 08:04 AM
 
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Hey, there's a lot of talk about cool urban-like cities. Don't forget about River Forest...it has a cute down town area (though small) but it's location reaps the benefits of Oak Park and Forest Park's downtown areas and the taxes and condos in River Forest are much more reasonable! I know of an adorable 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo that's available, it's priced awesome and is in an awesome neighborhood.

River Forest should be considered for those of you who want an urban feel for a reasonable price. Especially since it is still in OPRF's school district.

Just something to think about!
Which part is considered River Forest's downtown?
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:56 PM
 
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Which part is considered River Forest's downtown?
There is no downtown RF! LOL

*Well...unless you consider the Whole Foods strip mall-esque area...
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Chicago, Tri-Taylor
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It's called Lake Street in Oak Park!
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:49 AM
 
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Part of the Forest Park Madison Street strip is technically in River Forest. Or at least the north side of the street.
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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Part of the Forest Park Madison Street strip is technically in River Forest. Or at least the north side of the street.
That section of Madison St is like the forgotten step-child of River Forest. The hub of commercial activity for River Forest definitely is the shopping center at Harlem and Lake in addition to downtown OP which is right across the street from the shopping center.
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:41 PM
 
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That section of Madison St is like the forgotten step-child of River Forest. The hub of commercial activity for River Forest definitely is the shopping center at Harlem and Lake in addition to downtown OP which is right across the street from the shopping center.
Back before shops like Total Hockey expanded to the area I bet every kid that played hockey in the region went to Gunzo's in River Forest at least once a season. Now I dunno if the original shop does as much dollar volume as the outpost by United Center, and they are mostly making money on tee shirts and custom sweaters...

When it comes to the presentations that I've seen developers lay out to zoning authories or residents you'd think every retailer is a license to just print money but the margins on even high end jewelry have evaporated to a fraction of what they once were. It is funny too because though I fully endorse a property owners right to try to maximize the rent they can get from whatever tenant they can find I also whole heartedly believe that developments that are done with a broader vision to improving the walkability and level of local amenties are far more desirable than a goofy parade of hair salons and competing dry cleaners. Of course to see the really well thought out developments come to life you need the rare developer with pockets so deep that they can redevelop a big enough swath to really have impact. And if they don't have the right kind of salesforce / partners they won't land the kind of tenants that are well financed enough to run a business long enough to make it profitable...

Emotion is such a big part of the whole equation -- when you see how LEYE resturants can run Wildfire or their other high volume places AND run the smaller places like L. Woods , Beatrix, Tru or Everest you get a glimpse into just how many details it takes to get each little sub-part of just a resturant business right. Trying to find other retail focused businesses where folks put that much passion into a place is all but impossible.
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:38 PM
 
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That section of Madison St is like the forgotten step-child of River Forest. The hub of commercial activity for River Forest definitely is the shopping center at Harlem and Lake in addition to downtown OP which is right across the street from the shopping center.
It is weird that the Madison Street strip basically falls apart as River Forest claims the north half. If someone new to the area were to stand on the corner of Madison and Lathrop and walk the block west on Madison, and then were asked which side of the street was the richer town verses the poorer town, I'm guessing that most would say Forest Park looked better from that vantage point. But I'm sure a lot of River Forest residents use the nicer shops to the east, or venture in to Oak Park.
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Old 11-07-2013, 09:13 PM
 
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That's part of the appeal. Exclusivity.
Yes that's why river forest is awsome a rich town nestled in a not so nice area (oak park is nice but has a lot of bad areas) and people hate high taxes but it keeps rift raft out
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Old 11-08-2013, 08:36 AM
 
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Yes that's why river forest is awsome a rich town nestled in a not so nice area (oak park is nice but has a lot of bad areas) and people hate high taxes but it keeps rift raft out
Yeah, we get it. You love River Forest. You are going through every thread, recommending River Forest when it's not necessarily a good choice for the situation, and reviving long-dormant threads about River Forest and posting one-line run on sentences. Either you work for the village or are a realtor. River Forest is a nice town, but knock it off.
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