Riverwoods is a secluded, woodlands preservation community, privately managed by 1400 individual landowners. We take that responsibility seriously and are committed to protecting our oasis on the North Shore.

Incorporated in 1959, Riverwoods is the home of major employers including Commerce Clearing House and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.


The village does not have its own recreation department, but has access to neighboring Deerfield recreation services. There is a non resident fee for each program. The Riverwoods Wildlife Preserve and Ryerson Conservation area serve the community.


Four elementary school districts and two high school districts serve Riverwoods. Most of the Village lies within Deerfield Elementary District #109, which has an enrollment of 2,880 students, and Township High School District #113, which has an enrollment of 2,847 students as two schools: Deerfield and Stevenson High Schools. There are several parochial and private schools in the surrounding communities. View a list of schools.


Homes within Riverwoods include custom built, rustic, contemporary, and ranches. The 2000 median house value was $522,200 and the median rent cost was $639. (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000)

Government Services

Fire protection is provided by the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, and Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire Protection Districts. Riverwoods has its own police department.


  • Situated at Deerfield Road between State Rte. 21 and Interstate 94, there is easy access to Chicago and O’Hare Airport.
  • Rail service to Chicago via Metra is available in nearby Deerfield.
  • Distance to Chicago Loop: 27 miles
  • Distance to O’Hare Airport: 20 miles

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Notification System

The Village of Riverwoods utilizes Blackboard Connect service for emergency resident notification side-by-side with the Village non-emergency resident email database. As a resident or business you can opt-in to emergency messages, non-emergency messages or both.

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