Welcome to The Frederick Law Olmsted Society

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

Newsletters

Newsletters

Winter Newsletter released!
Check out the 2017 Winter Newsletter today!

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Annual Meeting January 19, 2018

Annual Meeting January 19, 2018

Mark your calendar for the Olmsted Society’s Annual Meeting on Friday January 19, 2018 at 7:00pm to be held at the Riverside Train Station

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Membership

Membership

Now is the time to renew your membership for 2018! If you are not yet a member you can join today online.

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Landscape Workdays

Landscape Workdays

Our 2017 Workdays Schedule is complete for the year. Check back soon for our 2018 dates!

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Historic Walking Tours

Historic Walking Tours

Our 2017 Walking Tour schedule is complete. 2018 Tours will begin in the Spring. Private Tours are always available by request.

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Happy 50th Anniversary Frederick Law Olmsted Society!

Happy 50th Anniversary Frederick Law Olmsted Society!

To celebrate our Golden Jubilee, we plan to plant 50 trees during several workday in 2017 and 2018. The first 15 trees were planted at our workday on April 29, 2017 in Indian Gardens.

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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: 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:  Salt Creek Greenway Development and Future Connection with Centennial Trail

Lecture: Salt Creek Greenway Development and Future Connection with Centennial Trail

Free Public Lecture! Thursday, November 9, 2017, 7:00 pm
Imperial Oak Brewing, 501 Willow Blvd., Willow Springs, IL

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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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Landscape Workday:  September 30, 2017

Landscape Workday: September 30, 2017

Thanks to a beautiful day and 12 volunteers, along with Village Forester Michael Collins and Village staff, we planted 6 swamp white oak and 4 pecan trees in Indian Gardens to commemorate Olmsted Society’s Golden Anniversary.

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FLOS Workdays – September 9 & 16

FLOS Workdays – September 9 & 16

On two workdays, September 9th and September 16th, we had 22 volunteers
plant sedge and grass plugs on the riverbank.

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Hop Stop 2017

Hop Stop 2017

Tickets for Hop Stop 2017 on Saturday September 30th, 4-7pm at the Riverside Train Depot are now SOLD OUT.

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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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Reflections on Riverside

Reflections on Riverside

Student entries are in for the 2017 Reflections on Riverside Poetry Contest! Winners to be announced soon…

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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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