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 $20 per person ($15 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 $25 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

2022 Tour Schedule

  • May 29, (North Division- Area north of BNSF RR tracks)
  • June 26, (South Division – Area south of BNSF RR tracks)
  • July 31, (North Division- Area north of BNSF RR tracks)
  • August 28, (South Division- Area south of BNSF RR tracks)
  • September 25, (North Division – Area north of BNSF RR tracks)
  • October 30, (South Division- Area south of BNSF RR tracks)


The Historic Watertower

Our Historic Watertower

Advance tickets may be purchased via Paypal below. A Paypal account is not required. You may purchase tickets using a credit card through Paypal without an account by selecting the option to Continue as Guest. 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