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

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

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FLOS Workdays – Spring into Action!

FLOS Workdays – Spring into Action!

The last two workdays for the FLOS Landscape Committee have been along busy roads in our Village. On May 13th we cleared brush, invasive plants and trash from Harrington Park along Harlem Avenue. We filled three truckloads with debris. June 3rd brought us to Patriot’s Park, along 26th Street, where we removed hundreds of thistle […]

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Landscape Workdays

Landscape Workdays

Our 2017 Workdays Schedule is on line!

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Historic Walking Tours

Historic Walking Tours

Our 2017 Walking Tour schedule is now on line. Private tours are available by special request. New Special Tour pricing available.

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FLOS Workday – March 11, 2017

FLOS Workday – March 11, 2017

Despite the prediction of cold weather 31 hearty volunteers helped remove
invasive shrubs and mulch large beds at the triangle at Longcommon and Downey Road.

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Membership

Membership

Now is the time to renew your membership for 2017! If you are not yet a member you can join today online.

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Lecture: What’s Happening in Riverside Lawn?

Lecture: What’s Happening in Riverside Lawn?

Robert B. Rose, Jr. (Rob) gave an update on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District’s project to buy Riverside Lawn homes in the Des Plaines River floodplain and return the area to its natural state. Video link inside.

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Lecture – How Berwyn is Going Green

Lecture – How Berwyn is Going Green

What have our neighbors in Berwyn been doing to make their city more sustainable? Video link inside.

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PICTURING RIVERSIDE: An Exhibition of a National Historic Landmark Community

PICTURING RIVERSIDE: An Exhibition of a National Historic Landmark Community

Picturing Riverside is a permanent exhibition about the many facets of a living landmark community. Inauguration: Riverside Railroad Station can be viewed by following the link in this article.

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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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FLOS Arbor Day Thank You to Peter B!

FLOS Arbor Day Thank You to Peter B!

Please join us for a special occasion on Arbor Day, Friday, April 28th, at 3:30 pm in Guthrie Park.

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Annual Meeting January 20, 2017

Annual Meeting January 20, 2017

FLOS Annual Meeting was held at the Riverside Public Library on Friday, January 20. Lecture by Board Member Cathy Maloney is uploaded with link on website. Also news about our Spirit and Restoration Award winners.

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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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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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2016 Reflections on Riverside Poetry Winners

2016 Reflections on Riverside Poetry Winners

  Poetry Reading Saturday, June 25, 2015 10:00 AM Brookfield Zoo Discovery Center       Tto all who joined us Saturday, June 25 at 10 a.m. at the Discovery Center of the Brookfield Zoo for a special ceremony honoring those students who participated in the 2016 “Reflections on Riverside” poetry contest. The over-all winners […]

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Final Workday 2016!

Final Workday 2016!

Check out the pics from our final Workday of 2016!

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Fall Plantings – October 22nd

Fall Plantings – October 22nd

On Saturday, October 22, volunteers gathered along the Riverbank on Riverside Road to gather seeds from native grasses & sedges then distribute them to bare spots. We also removed buckthorn & daylily from the riverbank.

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Workdays – Summer Sum UP with Pics!

Workdays – Summer Sum UP with Pics!

The Summer of 2016 was a great time to get out and about in Riverside! Here are some of the photos from the Workdays Crew this year.

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Double Duty April/May Workdays!

Double Duty April/May Workdays!

FLOS has had a busy Spring! Read more and check out the Workday pics!

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Lecture – Canada: Landscapes of Modernity

Lecture – Canada: Landscapes of Modernity

The Frederick Law Olmsted Society and the Riverside Public Library present a lecture on recently released book: Canada: Landscapes of Modernity by Riverside resident Michelangelo Sabatino & Rhodri Windsor Liscombe January 30th at 7pm at the Riverside Library.

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Lecture – The Impacts of Exotic Species on Native Trees

Lecture – The Impacts of Exotic Species on Native Trees

On Wednesday, March 8th at 7pm at the Riverside Public Library we hosted first in our Arboretum lecture series: “The Impacts of Exotic Species on Native Trees with Lydia Scott”. The presentation is now available for viewing on YouTube. Follow the link in the article.

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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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