River Forest was incorporated as a village in 1880. Original homes were built along the east-west rail line, but with the introduction of the automobile, homes started being built further away from train stations in the village. River Forest Public Schools are in District 90 and include Oak Park River Forest High School. River Forest also has two universities: Concordia University and Dominican University and Triton College is in nearby River Grove. The River Forest Park District maintains 10 parks including baseball fields, soccer fields, open space, illuminated tennis courts, climbing wall, sled hill, and a walking path.