Meet us in Riverside
Riverside was a bold experiment that started in 1869 and has long influenced suburban design. It is one of the 10 Towns that Changed America and the way in which we live, and you need to experience it to see why. A mere twenty minutes from Chicago’s bustle, Riverside feels like another world: graceful, pastoral and connected to nature. And it’s no accident. Riverside was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, architects of New York’s Central Park. Their goal with America’s first planned suburb was to provide relief from Chicago’s relentless utilitarian grid.
The Riverside of today is a vibrant community with something for everyone. Whether you’re a history buff, birdwatcher, kayaker, foodie, or seeker of handcrafted goods on the Illinois Made trail, you’ll be happy to Visit Riverside.