Our Mayor

The mayor is nominated by the Riverwoods Caucus committee and is elected to a four-year term. The mayor acts as the executive branch of village government and is responsible for the administration of village operations. The mayor is also president of the Board of Trustees. As president, the mayor presides over all board meetings and can cast tie-breaking votes. Individuals who serve as mayor receive a stipend and a municipal benefits package as compensation.

An Update from Mayor Norris

It’s the end of June and the start of some of the Chicago area’s most lovely, albeit too brief, weather.  I hope that you can get out and enjoy the glorious early summer weather in our equally glorious woodlands.  Stroll along some of our narrow streets lined with large lots.  Hike or bike on the various walking and biking paths, especially the Des Plaines River Trail.  Take time to visit the Ryerson Forest Preserve, home to nature trails; camps; the Wildlife Discovery Center; and our hidden gem, the Brushwood Center.

The Brushwood Center, located in a relaxing nature preserve is the former summer home of the Ryerson family. The house itself is worth a visit, but there are a host of other things to do there.  This is just a partial list:

  • Art exhibits, and people friendly events covering a wide range of subjects.
  • Botanical Art Workshops, with world renowned nature artist Heeyoung Kim.
  • Gourd Carving;
  • Garden Tea, Talk & Tour– Learn about Brushwood Center Gardens and the transformation from ornamental flower garden to a sustainable native plants garden. This presentation will include coffee, tea and cookies and will be followed by a tour of the gardens.
  • Front Porch Music Jam, an event to which you are invited to “bring your own instrument”!

We live in a very special place.  Get out and enjoy it.


Office of Mayor

Mayor John W. Norris

Office: 847-945-3990 x 25

8 am - 5 pm CT

Mayor since 2013

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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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