Historic Walking Tours

The entire 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 anywhere, and a must see destination for visitors from around the world. They are attracted by its flowing landscape, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, America’s first and most famous Landscape Architect; its more than 150 years of rich architectural history, with homes by famous architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, William LeBaron Jenney and Howard Van Doren Shaw; and its fascinating, sometimes notorious, residents down through the years.

We are happy to report the full resumption of Olmsted Society tours, with requests for reservations required via our website (gro.yteicosdetsmlonull@sruot) and with payment via PayPal only (see rates below).

We continue to offer our regular monthly tours (See Schedule below). These two-hour tours depart at 2:00 PM from the main Riverside Train station, south side of BNSF RR tracks, east side of platform, located at Bloomingbank Rd. at Riverside Rd. These are $25 per person ($20 for seniors 62+ and Olmsted Society members).

We also offer customized, special tours, on request, and at any time, for our local, out of town, and international visitors. These are normally $30 per person and require a pre arranged deposit.

Requests for additional information may be made to our E-Mail at gro.yteicosdetsmlonull@sruot.

The Winding Longcommon

The Winding Longcommon

2024 Tour Schedule

  • May 26, (North Division- Area north of BNSF RR tracks)
  • June 30, (South Division – Area south of BNSF RR tracks)
  • July 28, (North Division- Area north of BNSF RR tracks)
  • August 25, (South Division- Area south of BNSF RR tracks)
  • September 29, (North Division – Area north of BNSF RR tracks)
  • October 27, (South Division- Area south of BNSF RR tracks)


The Historic Watertower

Our Historic Watertower

Advance reservations may be purchased below. A Paypal account is not required. You may pay via PayPal or, if you do not have a PayPal account, pay via a credit card, using the “Continue as Guest” BUTTON. Please select the appropriate price for your tour category. You may also pay with cash or check on the day of the tour.

Regular Tour $25

Discount Tour $20

Special Walking Tour $30

Discount Special Tour $25