Riverwoods, Illinois, is a small Chicago suburb that is situated perfectly right along the flowing Des Plaines River. The town is located just 30 miles northwest of Chicago between the two major roadways, Interstate 94 and Route 45. Jay Peterson, a wealthy steel investor, established the town in 1949. Today, the city is made up primarily of homeowners who work in the Chicago area, but who want a home away from the noise and traffic of the big city. You will find many cheap hotels in Riverwoods.
The Riverwood community is located less than 30 miles from the O'Hare International Airport. Visitors can take the Metro/Shuttle Bus into the city, but you can also hire a taxicab or rent a car in Riverwoods. The most popular attraction in Riverwoods is the Ryerson Conservation Park, which stands on the former estate of Edward Ryerson. This 552-acre park includes more than six miles of hiking paths along the river, day and night walking tours, and multiple fishing spots. Visitors can also tour the old house and barns, and kids of all ages will enjoy the on-site petting zoo that includes animals like sheep, chickens, ducks, and more. The nearby Potawatomi Woods is another great spot to visit and includes picnic areas, walking trails, ball fields, and more. While Riverwoods does not maintain its own recreation programs, residents and visitors have access to the recreation facilities in Deerfield, which include a golf course, fitness center, and several parks. You will find many affordable hotels in Riverwoods, or you can stay at one of the downtown Chicago hotels and make Riverwoods a day trip.
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