Riverside is considered to be the first planned community in the United States. Incorporated in 1875, the historically recognized village is noted for its expansive parkways, charming town center and early 20th century architecture.
The Riverside Landscape Architecture District was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970. To retain its original aesthetic charm, the village even maintains 379 antique-style gas street lanterns.
Residents take great pride in the community’s history and architecture, which is on display through walking tours at the Riverside Historical Museum and the Riverside Water Tower. Homes include well-maintained 1920s bungalows, huge Victorians and early 20th century mansions.
The village features several restaurants including some that have been recognized as among the best in the Chicago area. There are also several unique boutiques and stores selling antiques and Victorian house fixtures – a nod to the town’s rich architectural history.
Riverside students attend District 96 schools including four elementary schools and one junior high school. High school students attend Riverside Brookfield High School, part of the Riverside-Brookfield Township School District 208.
With a train station along Metra’s BNSF Railway, Riverside is a short commute to Chicago’s Union Station.