The Village of Riverside has always been ahead of its time.
Located nine miles west of Chicago’s downtown, 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. The Village works to maintain its original charm, including maintaining about 379 antique-style gas street lanterns.
The Village takes great pride in its history and architecture, including walking tours through the Riverside Historical Museum and the Riverside Water Tower. Homes include well-maintained 1920s bungalows, huge Victorians and early 20th century mansions
The Village center features several restaurants including some that have been recognizes as among the best in the Chicago area. There are 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.
Transportation is a short commute with a Metra station in Riverside as well as the nearby Hollywood and Harlem Avenue stations.