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Stewards of the land and Olmsted’s Plan

In 1868, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and his partner, Calvert Vaux, were commissioned to plan a unique community just west of Chicago, Illinois. The result was Riverside, a beautiful community along the Des Plaines River, complete with curving lanes, abundant greenery, and gas street lights. One hundred years later, the Frederick Law Olmsted Society of Riverside was formed.

 

In 1970, Riverside was named a National Historic Landscape District.

 

Latest News

Hop Stop 2019

Hop Stop 2019

The Riverside Masterworks House Walk check in starts at 11:30AM and the houses are open for viewing from Noon to 4:00PM, and Hop Stop starts at 4:00PM and runs through 7:00PM, Saturday, September 28, 2019.

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House Walk 2019: Masterworks

House Walk 2019: Masterworks

The Frederick Law Olmsted Society House Walk is back, featuring some of the most beautiful and iconic homes in Riverside! This years’ theme is “Masterworks,” featuring some of the best examples of work by famous architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, William Le Baron Jenney, William Drummond and Louis Guenzel, and John Vinci and Lawrence Kenney.

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Lecture:  CITY IN A GARDEN, NEW ENGLAND ROOTS

Lecture: CITY IN A GARDEN, NEW ENGLAND ROOTS

Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin and former Tribune writer Barbara Mahany explore the New England-Chicago connections and their meaning for today. A private reception will be held at the Coonley Estate following the lecture.

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August 10th – Wild Flower Walk and Talk

August 10th – Wild Flower Walk and Talk

Walk and Talk with “The Illinois Botanist” was presented on Saturday, August 10. Video link to the lecture with prominent naturalist, Chris Brenda, is now available.

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Newsletters

Newsletters

Spring Newsletter released!
Check out the 2019 Spring Newsletter today!

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Historic Walking Tours

Historic Walking Tours

Our next Historic Walking Tour travels South on Sunday, August 25th.

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Landscape Workdays

Landscape Workdays

Next Workday is Saturday, August 24th at 9am at Scottswood Commons.

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Membership

Membership

Now is the time to renew your membership for 2019! If you are not yet a member you can join today online.

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Lecture:  Olmsted’s Offspring: From Riverside to Seaside

Lecture: Olmsted’s Offspring: From Riverside to Seaside

Ms. Plater-Zyberk, an internationally-recognized architect, urban designer and planner, presented Olmsted’s Offspring: From Riverside to Seaside. Link to video now uploaded.

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RB Day of Service 2019

RB Day of Service 2019

On Saturday, May 4, 2019, 24 RB students and 12 other volunteers gathered 25 bags of Garlic Mustard and planted 6 shrubs and 6 trees in Indian Gardens.

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Reflections on Riverside

Reflections on Riverside

2019 Reflections on Riverside Poetry Contest is in the books, results to come at the end of the school year. Poetry reading at the Brookfield Zoo on June 29th!

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Lecture:  Secrets from Very Old Trees

Lecture: Secrets from Very Old Trees

On May 2nd, at the Riverside Public Library we presented a lecture titled: “Secrets from Very Old Trees” given by Arboretum specialist Dr. M. Ross Alexander.

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FLOS Video on RBTV

FLOS Video on RBTV

Several board members were interviewed by Sara Vacek for an RBTV informational spot on FLOS. It turned out very well. Check it out.

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Historic Riverside BioBlitz

Historic Riverside BioBlitz

Riverside’s first-ever BioBlitz! was heldon Saturday, May 11. Regional scientists spot and count the different types of plants, mammals, birds and other critters in the natural areas along the river.

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Landscape Workday:  April 27th

Landscape Workday: April 27th

We planted and we celebrated at our workday at Longcommon and Kent Roads on Saturday, April 27th.

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Annual Meeting January 18, 2019

Annual Meeting January 18, 2019

Everyone is invited to join the festivities at the Frederick Law Olmsted Society’s Annual Meeting on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 7 PM in the Riverside Township Hall Auditorium.

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Vintage Baseball Game Hits Riverside

Vintage Baseball Game Hits Riverside

Vintage baseball game played in Riverside, Sunday, July 21st at the Big Ball Park

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Take Your Best Shot!  Naturally Riverside Photo Contest

Take Your Best Shot! Naturally Riverside Photo Contest

FLOS is sponsoring “Naturally Riverside,” a garden photo contest open to all! Spring is (really) coming, so get your iPhones or other cameras ready.

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Lecture: Zoo News

Lecture: Zoo News

Get the latest scoop on our neighbor, the Brookfield Zoo. Jennifer Baader, the zoo’s Vice President of Government Affairs, will acquaint us with the history of the zoo, animal conservation efforts, and what’s been happening lately with the mammals, reptiles, and other species that live there.

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Lecture:  Bird Friendly Gardens and Landscapes

Lecture: Bird Friendly Gardens and Landscapes

“A Bird’s Eye View of Riverside,” was a lecture and discussion on how to attract birds to your garden and landscape. The event was videotaped by Riverside TV and is available now for viewing.

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Lecture: What’s New (& Old) in the Cook County Forest Preserves

Lecture: What’s New (& Old) in the Cook County Forest Preserves

In this talk, Elsa Anderson, a Stewardship Program Aide with the Cook County Forest Preserves, took us through the history of the Forest Preserves and some of the natural treasures found in the preserves today. Video link provided by Riverside TV is now available.

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Lecture: Restoring Wright Buildings to their Rightful Brilliance

Lecture: Restoring Wright Buildings to their Rightful Brilliance

Gunny Harboe, the renowned head of Harboe Architects, gave an inside view of the processes used in the restoration of two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s gems. Link to video is available inside.

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Lecture:  Undamming the Des Plaines

Lecture: Undamming the Des Plaines

Steve Pescitelli, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Stream Specialist,shared the latest river monitoring results in order to show the contrast between the “before” and “after” of dam removal. If you missed the lecture, a copy of the presentation is available for review.

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Lecture:  The Mafia in the Western Suburbs

Lecture: The Mafia in the Western Suburbs

On December 4th at 7pm John J. Binder, author The Chicago Outfit and Al Capone’s Beer Wars: A Complete History of Organized Crime in Chicago during Prohibition, will discuss the history of organized crime in Riverside and surrounding suburbs.

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Landscape Resources

Landscape Resources

Multiple Riverside landscape resources are available through our site. Please feel free to explore. Recently added are landscape plans from late Olmsted member John Kunka.

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Invasion of the Land Snatchers

Invasion of the Land Snatchers

Ben Cox, Friends of the Forest Preserves President, discusses invasive species at the Deer Grove East Forest Preserve in Palatine, IL

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50/50 Tree Planting Program

50/50 Tree Planting Program

Olmsted Society Members
Save 75% on 50/50 Tree Planting Program

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