North Riverside, Illinois
Village of North Riverside
North Riverside Village Commons, which houses village offices and a recreation center.
North Riverside Village Commons, which houses village offices and a recreation center.
"A Small Community With A Big Heart"
Location of North Riverside in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of North Riverside in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°50′46″N 87°49′47″W / 41.84611°N 87.82972°W / 41.84611; -87.82972Coordinates: 41°50′46″N 87°49′47″W / 41.84611°N 87.82972°W / 41.84611; -87.82972
CountryUnited States
 • MayorJoseph Mengoni
 • Total1.64 sq mi (4.26 km2)
 • Land1.64 sq mi (4.26 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
 • Total7,426
 • Density4,517.03/sq mi (1,744.46/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s)708
FIPS code17-54144
Wikimedia CommonsNorth Riverside, Illinois

North Riverside is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2020 census, it had a population of 7,426.[2]


North Riverside is located at 41°50′46″N 87°49′47″W / 41.84611°N 87.82972°W / 41.84611; -87.82972 (41.846222, -87.829585).[3]

According to the 2010 census, North Riverside has a total area of 1.64 square miles (4.25 km2), all land.[4]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the 2010 census, there were 6,672 people, 2,827 households, and 1,746 families living in the village. The population density was 4,068.3 people per square mile (1,588.6/km2). There were 2,981 housing units at an average density of 1,817.7 per square mile (709.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 81.2% White, 6.5% African American, 0.1% Native American, 2.1% Asian, 8.1% some other race, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23.8% of the population.[2]

The top five ancestries reported in North Riverside as of the 2000 census were Polish (17.7%), German (16.2%), Czech (14.5%), Italian (14.0%) and Irish (13.1%).[6]

At the 2010 census there were 2,827 households, out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were headed by married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.2% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34, and the average family size was 3.02.[2]

In the village, the population was spread out, with 20.8% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 27.5% from 45 to 64, and 20.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.[2]

For the period 2007–11, the estimated median annual income for a household in the village was $50,545, and the median income for a family was $66,200. Male full-time workers had a median income of $45,528 versus $42,073 for females. The per capita income for the village was $26,179. About 5.8% of families and 8.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.[7]


North Riverside is divided between three congressional districts. The area east of the Des Plaines River is in Illinois's 3rd congressional district; the area west of 1st Avenue is in the 7th district; the area between 1st Avenue and the river, consisting almost entirely of the western half of the Riverside Golf Club, is in the 4th district.

The Village of North Riverside is governed by a Village President (also referred to a Mayor), Village Clerk, and six Trustees who are all elected to four year terms. The terms are staggered, with elections being held in odd number years. The Mayor and Board of Trustees exercise policy-making and legislative powers of the Village, including adopting ordinances and resolutions, approving the Village’s annual appropriation and operating budget and enacting tax levies. In addition, the Village Board receives findings and recommendations from a number of appointed citizen advisory committees.

Name Title/Position First Elected/Appointed Term Expires
Hubert Hermanek Jr President 2013 2017
Deborah Czajka Village Trustee Appointed 2013[8] 2015
H. Bob Demopoulos Village Trustee 2011 2015
Kathy Raineri Village Clerk 2013 2017
Vera Wilt Village Trustee 2012 2017
Jason Bianco Village Trustee Appointed 2013[9] 2015
Joseph Mengoni Village Trustee 2013 2017
Matthew Decosola Village Trustee 2013 2017

An Illinois state appeals court ruled in 2016 that the village must pay into the fire and police pensions. The village had argued that it was unable to contribute to the pension plans because of economic hardship during the Great Recession, which lowered tax revenues. The state Department of Insurance determined that the village had not contributed to its police and firefighter pension funds for several years prior to 2013. The state ordered the village to pay into the pensions, and instead the village filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court in 2014. The judge ruled against the village, and the village appealed.[10]


North Riverside is split into two educational districts. First Avenue, IL-171, serves as the dividing line. Komarek School District 94 serves the population on the west side of First Avenue and Riverside School District 96 serves the population on the east side of First Avenue.


North Riverside Park Mall

North Riverside Park Mall is located at 7501 W. Cermak Road. The mall features three department store anchors (Sears, JCPenney, and Carson Pirie Scott) as well as 130 specialty shops. In addition, the food court, located at the main entrance to the mall, features local favorites, as well as several chain restaurants. Outside of the food court choices is Emperor's Buffet and Olive Garden.

Costco & Edward Don

In 2011, Edward Don, a large restaurant supply company, elected to relocate to the Village of Woodridge, citing better tax incentives and issues with the property owners.[11] In March 2013, Costco closed on a deal with North Riverside and the property owners of the vacated Edward Don building. Costco held their grand opening on November 25. The property also has 4 outlots slated to be sold to other companies.

Notable persons

New York Times bestselling author Chris DeRose.

Bud Light spokes-dog's Spuds MacKenzie, portrayed by dog Honey Tree Evil Eye. [12]

Notable events

Fire Department privatization

In a letter dated June 19, 2014 to the residents of North Riverside, Mayor Hermanek pitched the idea of contracting the fire department positions to a private contact company, Paramedic Services of Illinois, Inc.. The Village currently contracts with the company to provide paramedic services, but the plan was to contract the fire fighter positions as well. The plan has drawn significant opposition from the Fire Fighters Union Local 2714, as well as village residents, and department supporters.

At the July 24 Special Meeting of the Village Board to adopt the annual appropriation, there was no vote on the privatization proposal, but the Appropriation Ordinance passed by a vote of 4 to 1. The Fiscal Year 2014-2015 (which began May 1, 2014) budget includes slashed salaries for the fire fighters. "The negotiations are not going to go on forever," said Hermanek. "This will be done by the end of the summer."[13]

On September 12, 2014, in a press release from the Village, Mayor Hugh Hermanek stated that he has instructed Village attorney's to file suit with the Cook County Courts, for the right to terminate the Firefighter's Contact, which expired April 30, 2014. The press release in part reads:

The law firm of Odelson & Sterk, the village's attorneys, filed the lawsuit today to affirm that, 'like any other contract between two parties, there is a beginning and an end,' according to Burt Odelson, the firm's lead partner. 'The union's contract with North Riverside expired on April 30, 2014; so, after making six good faith efforts to find a way to build a new contract while also maintaining the village's solvency, the failure to accomplish that requires us to move ahead expeditiously on the privatization plan.'[14]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): North Riverside village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 10, 2020. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Profile of General Demographic Characteristics, North Riverside, Illinois" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-03. Retrieved 2007-04-12. (39.0 KiB). U.S. Census Bureau. Accessed 2007-04-11.
  7. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics: 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (DP03): North Riverside village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
  8. ^ "North Riverside board names trustee's wife to post". Riverside Brookfield Landmark. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  9. ^ "DeSantis resigns as North Riverside Trustee". Riverside Brookfield Landmark. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  10. ^ Churney, Dan (2016-12-23). "Appeals panel: N. Riverside can't claim hardship to skirt police, fire pension obligations". Cook County Record. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  11. ^ "Edward Don Leaving North Riverside". Riverside | Brookfield Landmark. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  12. ^ "Spuds MacKenzie is dead".
  13. ^ Uphues, Bob (25 July 2014). "Clock ticking on North Riverside fire department privatization". Riverside Brookfield Landmark. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  14. ^ "NORTH RIVERSIDE DECLARES IMPASSE WITH FIREFIGHTERS' UNION". Village of North Riverside. Archived from the original on 17 November 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014.