Located nine miles west of Chicago's downtown, Riverside is considered by many experts to be the first planned community in the United States. The historically-recognized village is marked by its expansive green parkways, charming town center and early 20th century architecture.

Designed in 1869 by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of Landscape Architecture, the village was incorporated in 1875. The Riverside Landscape Architecture District was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970. To retain its original aesthetic charm, this village of some 9,000 residents even maintains approximately 379 antique-style gas street lanterns.

Housing stock throughout the village varies from 1920s bungalows to Victorian and 20th-century mansions. Many homes and estates were designed by such notable architects as Frank Lloyd Wright, Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan, William Le Baron Jenney, Frederick Clarke Withers, and Calvert Vaux. The average sales price for a single-family home in Riverside was $331,054 in 2012, and the average condominium was $164,720 (source: Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC).

Riverside is served by District 96, which has four elementary schools and one junior high school. High school students attend Riverside Brookfield High School, which is part of Riverside-Brookfield Township School District 208. The village also has a number of private schools, including Tallgrass Sudbury School, which offers an alternative education model for students ages 5 to 19.

Residents take great pride in Riverside's history and architecture, which is on display through walking tours, at The Riverside Historical Museum and the Riverside Water Tower. The charming village center features several restaurants, including The Chew Chew, which has been recognized by Chicago Magazine as one of the best restaurants in Chicagoland. The town's stores sell, among other unique items, antiques and Victorian house fixtures

Nearby Public Transportation

BNSF Railway

at Harlem Ave Metra, Riverside Metra, Hollywood Metra

School Districts

Riverside Sd 96

Riverside-brookfield Twp Sd 208

Middle Schools

Data supplied by the National Center for Education Statistics

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