Historic Walking Tours

The charming village of Riverside, Illinois was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970, and for good reason; it is one of the most beautiful, relaxing, and liveable places in the world. Since then it has become a destination for visitors from around the world. They are attracted by its rich history, flowing landscape designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, fascinating residents, and homes by famous architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and William LeBaron Jenney. The Olmsted Society has provided walking tours of the village for many years, only suspending them recently because of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

We are now happy to report the resumption of tours on a reservation only, masks required basis, with limited participants, and payment via PayPal only (see below). (Reservation requests must be made to our E-Mail at gro.yteicosdetsmlonull@sruot). These must include a return phone number. They will be confirmed and scheduled based on our limited group capacity and the availability of docents.

We are also adding a new tour category; family only – sheltering in place, starting, if you wish, from your own home. These will be about 1 hour+ in duration, and are $40 per family (up to 6).

We will continue to offer custom, special tours for our out of town and international visitors, limited to 8 participants. These are $25 per person and require a $75 deposit.

We will continue to offer our remaining regular monthly tours on a reserved basis, and limited to 8 participants. These two-hour tours depart at 2:00 PM from the Riverside Train Depot (main train station, east side of platform) 90 Bloomingbank Rd. These are $20 per person ($15 for seniors 62+ and Olmsted Society members).

The Walking Tours alternate between the North and South Divisions of Riverside. The North Tour covers the area north of the railroad tracks and features the Longcommon (key to Olmsted’s plan), an architecturally significant school, a place of worship designed by Jenney, and homes by Silsbee, Wright, Perkins, and Purcell & Elmslie.

The South Tour includes Swan Pond Park, Indian Gardens, Scottswood Common, Wright’s Coonley Estate and homes by Jenney, Drummond, Vinci, Whittlesey, and a home designed by Olmsted’s partner, Calvert Vaux.

The Winding Longcommon

The Winding Longcommon

2021 Tour Schedule

  • May 30, (SOLD OUT)
  • June 27, (South side)
  • July 25, (North side)
  • August 29, (South side)
  • September 19, (North side)
  • October 24, (South side)


The Historic Watertower

Our Historic Watertower

Advance tickets may be purchased via Paypal below. Please select the appropriate ticket price (Regular – $20 or Discount – $15 for Seniors 62+ and Olmsted Society members). If you have arranged for a Special Walking Tour you may select your quoted price.

Regular Tour Ticket $20

Discount Tour Ticket $15

Special Walking Tour Ticket $25

Discount Special Tour Ticket $20

Riverside Family Walking Tour Ticket $40