Historic Walking Tours

The charming village of Riverside, Illinois, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970, and since then it has become a destination of visitors from around the world. They are attracted by its rich history, landscape designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, fascinating residents, and structures of noted architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, William Le Baron Jenney, William Drummond, and many others. The Olmsted Society’s experienced Docents provide walking tours one Sunday a month during the months of May through October. Two-hour tours depart at 2:00 PM from the Riverside Train Depot (main train station, east side of platform), 90 Bloomingbank Road, $20 per person ($15 for seniors 62+ and Olmsted Society members). Reservations are not required. Advance tickets may be purchased via Paypal below.

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

2020 Tour Schedule

  • May 31, (North side)
  • June 28, (South side)
  • July 26, (North side)
  • August 30, (South side)
  • September 20, (North side)
  • October 25, (South side)


The Historic Watertower

Our Historic Watertower

Important information

  • Tours depart Riverside Train Depot, 90 Bloomingbank Road (main train station, east side of platform) at 2:00 p.m.
  • Tours end at approximately 4:00 p.m.
  • The cost is $20 ($15 for seniors 62+ and Olmsted Society members).
  • Group tours arranged by calling (708) 447-7635 or via email gro.yteicosdetsmlonull@sruot. A deposit of $75 is required for Special Group Tours.

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