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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.

 

Quincy Street Distillery
Quincy Street Distillery

39 E. Quincy Street, Riverside , IL 60546

Quincy Street Distillery creates historically-inspired, handcrafted artisanal spirits based on classic formulas with unique and distinctive expressions of taste. Experience the remarkable creations and taste and purchase these unique spirits! Book tours at the distillery including a tasting at the Speakeasy bar.

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Brookfield Zoo

8400 W 31st St, Brookfield, IL 60513

Half of the world-famous Brookfield Zoo in is actually in Riverside! Visit for one-stop suburban safari-ing for adventurers of all ages. Have close encounters of the creature kind by feeding a giraffe, petting a penguin, and watching dolphins leap and dive.

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Aunt Diana's Old Fashioned Fudge
Aunt Diana's Old Fashioned Fudge

29 E Burlington St, Riverside, IL 60546

Aunt Diana's is a chocolate shop beloved for its old-fashioned and contemporary candy, homemade fudge, caramel apples & more.

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The Olmsted Society's Historic Walking Tours

Riverside, IL

The village of Riverside, Illinois was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970, in part due to its landscape designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Monthly walking tours alternate between the North and South Divisions of Riverside.

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The Chew Chew

33 E Burlington St, Riverside, IL 60546

Owner and Executive Chef Scott Zimmer has used his 30 years of experience working for many local and national restaurant groups to create the The Chew Chew. Loved by both local customers and food critics alike, the restaurant is a two-level space with vintage décor that is a destination unto itself, with a loyal staff that exudes service, teamwork, and professionalism.

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Higgins Glass
Higgins Glass

33 E. Quincy Street, Riverside , IL 60546

Home of “modern miracles with everyday glass,” Higgins Studio creates handcrafted collectible pieces such as rondelays, sconces, jewelry, art pieces and ornaments. Historically, ownership has continued through the family and this direct line of continuity means that the distinctive Higgins style will continue to enchant collectors for many years to come.

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Sawmilly Sandwich Shoppe
Sawmilly Sandwich Shoppe

35 E Burlington St, Riverside, IL 60546

Head over to Sawmilly Sandwich Shop for a midday snack. With a crowd-pleasing array of classic sandwiches as well as some more creative options, Sawmilly has a sandwich for everyone.

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Riverside Farmers' Market

Centennial Plaza at 10 Pine Avenue, Riverside, IL

Riverside Farmers Market runs every Wednesday from June 2nd to October 6th from 2:30 - 7 p.m. Located at Centennial Plaza near the historic Water Tower, here you can pick up handmade soaps as well as hand-picked fruits and veggies from farmers all over the Midwest, along with many more tasty treats.

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Riverside Historical Museum
Riverside Historical Museum

10 Pine Ave, Riverside, IL 60546

The Riverside Museum promotes an awareness of the cultural and historical significance of Riverside, a National Historic Landmark. With exhibitions, online presentations, and a collection of artifacts, photographs and archival materials, the museum preserves the legacy of figures like Frederick Law Olmsted. The Museum offers tours of the Village’s landscape and architectural landmarks, lectures, publications, and educational outreach.

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Catrina Tequila Bar

34 East Ave, Riverside, IL 60546

Serving up both classic and innovative tequila and margarita drinks, Catrina is Riverside's only Tequila bar.

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La Barra
La Barra

2 E. Burlington Street, Riverside , IL 60546

LaBarra is brought to you by Chicago’s artisan baker, Rich Labriola. The latest location offers all the staples you’ve loved: small plates, award-winning pizza, great wines and hand-crafted cocktails. Take a seat on the outdoor patio in the summer and enjoy your meal while taking in the serenity that is Riverside.

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