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

Landscape Workdays

Landscape Workdays

Our next workday will be August 2nd at Harrington Park. Please help us to beautify our green spaces.

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Historic Walking Tours

Historic Walking Tours

Our next Walking Tour will head North on July 27th. Advanced ticket sales are now available on our Walking Tours homepage.

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May 31st, 2014 Workday

May 31st, 2014 Workday

Slowly recapturing the views of the Des Plaines River

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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 August 14th and say hi!

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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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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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Arbor Day 2014

Arbor Day 2014

On April 26th, over 40 volunteers from the Olmsted Society, the Village of Riverside and students from the Riverside Brookfield High School worked together to open up the riverbank on the South end of Swan Pond.

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Newsletters

Newsletters

Spring Newsletter released!
Check out the 2014 Spring 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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April 5th, 2014 Workday

April 5th, 2014 Workday

Photos from the Swan Pond Workday

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GOATS DO ROAM – INSIGHTS INTO GOATS AND LANDSCAPING

GOATS DO ROAM – INSIGHTS INTO GOATS AND LANDSCAPING

On Wednesday, May 14th, Kim Hunter, proprietor of The Green Goats, spoke at the Riverside Public LIbrary regarding the use of goats in environmentally healthy landscape care.

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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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