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

Olmsted Society Open Meeting

Olmsted Society Open Meeting

The Frederick Law Olmsted Society of Riverside invites residents to the second Open Meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 2, 7:30 PM, at the Riverside Public Library lower level Public Meeting Room, 1 Burling Road, Riverside.

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Landscape Workdays

Landscape Workdays

Our next workday will be September 6th along Riverside Road. Please help us to beautify our green spaces.

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Lecture:  Where Did Martha Go?

Lecture: Where Did Martha Go?

Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 14 for an inspiring talk from Joel Greenberg, Chicago’s “Dean of Naturalists.”

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Lecture:  The Arcade Building:  The Past, Present and the Future

Lecture: The Arcade Building: The Past, Present and the Future

A Lecture by Margaret S. Guzek
Sponsored by the Riverside Public Library and the Frederick Law Olmsted Society, Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7:00 PM, in the Great Room

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Historic Walking Tours

Historic Walking Tours

Our next Walking Tour will head North on September 21st. Advanced ticket sales are now available on our Walking Tours homepage.

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Riverside Cruise Nights

Riverside Cruise Nights

The Olmsted Society will be participating in the Riverside Cruise Nights this summer. Stop by September 28th and say hi!

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Lecture:  A Deep Energy Retrofit Case Study

Lecture: A Deep Energy Retrofit Case Study

The Riverside Public Library and the Frederick Olmsted Society Co-sponsor a Lecture : A Deep Energy Retrofit Case Study by Marcus de la Fleur

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Newsletters

Newsletters

Summer Newsletter released!
Check out the 2014 Summer Newsletter today and learn more about FLOS.

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Membership

Membership

It is time to renew your membership for 2014! If you are not yet a member you can join today online.

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Reflections on Riverside

Reflections on Riverside

2014 Poetry and Imagery Contests winners to be announced at year end ceremonies at participating schools.

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Housewalk 2014:  SUSTAINABILITY:  THEN & NOW

Housewalk 2014: SUSTAINABILITY: THEN & NOW

Thank you to all who participated in Housewalk 2014: Sustainability: Then & Now!

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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 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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