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Riverside, Illinois

Riverside: What The Burbs Could Have Been

Spend the day discovering Olmstead's "Village in the Park," followed by an afternoon enjoying distilled beverages in a historic district.

Enjoy a tour of the architecture and tales of the historic suburbs designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, and then a tipple in the shade.

For Fredrick Law Olmstead, the great landscape architect, the natural world was his medium. Among his greatest contributions was the town of Riverside, Illinois, one of the first planned communities which still stands as a living testament to what suburbs could have been. It remains unique not just in the Chicago suburbs, but in the world.

With tour guide Matt Holmes, you'll stroll down Riverside's streets as you gaze upon architectural wonders and hear surprising tales of the blood and booze-soaked history that predates not just Riverside but Chicago itself.

Following our a walking tour of Riverside, we'll take our taste buds on a tour of the spirits created by Quincy Street Distillery in historic downtown Riverside. There, we'll sip spirits crafted with the history and legacy of Riverside itself in mind.


  • Meet at the Riverside train depot on the north side (water tower side) of the tracks.
  • This event will run rain or shine.
  • This event is ADA accessible.
  • Attendees must be 21+.
  • Included in your ticket is a sampling at the Quincy Street Distillery, please bring I.D.
  • Be sure to wear weather appropriate clothing and good walking shoes!
  • Free public parking is available.


Email Matt Holmes at matt.holmes@atlasobscura.com.

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