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 2018 Winter Newsletter today!

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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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Landscape Workdays

Landscape Workdays

Our 2019 Workday Schedule is now available!

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Historic Walking Tours

Historic Walking Tours

Our 2019 Tour Schedule is now available and tickets are on sale now!

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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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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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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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Reflections on Riverside

Reflections on Riverside

Student entries are in for the 2018 Reflections on Riverside Poetry Contest! Results to come at the end of the school year.

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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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