Riverside

A forested and historical landmark village on the outskirts of Chicago.

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About Riverside, IL Real Estate

 
When you live in Riverside, you’re living inside or alongside a National Historic Landmark. Deemed as such in 1970, the Village has been a bucolic and satisfying hometown to those seeking to raise a family, young professionals who appreciate the proximity to Chicago, and seniors hoping to relax in a community-driven setting. 
 
Riverside was designed by none other than famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and much of its architecture is the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and William Le Baron Jenney, among others. It will come as no surprise, then, that Riverside is a handsome place, living up to the dream of the Riverside Improvement Company back in 1869:  to develop “a perfect village in a perfect setting.”
 

What to Love 

  • A National Historic Landmark with a timeless atmosphere
  • A short ten-mile commute to Chicago and a local metro station
  • Walkable community with ample parkland

Local Lifestyle

Life in Riverside is tranquil, yes, but always within easy reach of the bright lights and amenities of the big city. Residents settle here to enjoy the tranquility of a rural setting and to savor the small-town charm, kept alive by the original elements of Olmsted’s design plan, from gas-lit street lanterns to ample green spaces. You can walk just about anywhere in town, adding to the community feel.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

While Chicago’s Loop may call some weekends, Riverside diners typically stay in town, thanks to a number of unbeatable restaurants and eateries. Sip sangria and tuck into tapas at Emilio’s Tapas, where your small plates and peerless paellas are served in a fun, casual, yet sophisticated setting. At Empanadus, order a few or a bunch of their irresistible hand pies, with fillings ranging from beef and BBQ pork to broccoli and apple. 
 
Local favorite The Chew-Chew offers two levels of dining amid vintage decor that will keep your eyes roving. Order filet mignon sliders and Yukon gold potato skins, chicken-and-avocado stone-baked flatbread, and a chopped wedge salad, or sacchetti and vodka sauce. There are even “good-for-you” bowls for the more health-conscious diners, from poke tuna bowls to cauliflower concoctions. 
 
Just want a really good sandwich? Peruse the menu at Sawmilly, known for its hand-crafted sammies, soups, salads, sides, sweets, craft beer, and more. With all manner of meat, meatballs, seafood, vegetables, and cheese, you can’t go wrong no matter what style of sandwich you order.
 

Things to Do

There are a number of fascinating cultural, educational, historic, and natural attractions in and around Riverside. Families love the proximity of the Brookfield Zoo, the state’s largest zoo, and just a mile down the road. From grizzly and polar bears to snow leopards and African lions, kids of all ages (and their families) will find much to gape at. 
 
Birders adore Riverside for its plethora of migratory birds, who come into town spring and fall, thanks to the town’s location on the Mississippi Flyway. The Riverside Des Plaines River Corridor was designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Great Lakes both for these migratory species that visit and the hundreds of local species that live here year-round. 
 
If the village’s historic architecture isn’t enough, there’s always the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio nearby, the master’s home and studio from 1889 to 1909, as well as the Unity Temple, one of his most influential buildings. 
 
Learn more about the village history and planning at Riverside Historical Museum, where exhibits, artifacts, photographs, and archival materials outline the work of landscape architects Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, as well as the local history dating from the Native American period to the present. 
 
Remember, too, that the  Chicago “Loop” is just 10 miles from Riverside and easily accessible via the Metra BNSF commuter rail. Take an easy day trip to visit The Adler Planetarium, The Art Institute, The Field Museum, Millennium Park, or Sears Tower.
 

Schools

Riverside is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include: 
 
  • Blythe Park Elementary School, K-5, highly rated public elementary school
  • AF Ames Elementary School, K-5, highly rated public elementary school 
  • LJ Hauser Junior High School, 6-8, highly rated public middle school
  • Riverside Brookfield Township High School, 9-12, highly rated public high school

Overview for Riverside, IL

9,675 people live in Riverside, where the median age is 45.8 and the average individual income is $54,791.37. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

9,675

Total Population

45.8 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$54,791.37

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Riverside, IL

Riverside has 3,689 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Riverside do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 9,675 people call Riverside home. The population density is 4,423.66 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

9,675

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

45.8

Median Age

47.33 / 52.67%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
3,689

Total Households

3

Average Household Size

$54,791.37

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Riverside, IL

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The following schools are within or nearby Riverside. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
L J Hauser Junior High School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
Tailgrass Sudbury School
PRIVATE
Undergrad - Undergrad
No rating available
A F Ames Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Blythe Park Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Central Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Riverside Brookfield Township High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Intiraymi Spanish Montessori Children's House
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available

Around Riverside, IL

There's plenty to do around Riverside, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

81
Very Walkable
Walking Score
78
Very Bikeable
Bike Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Tee Tee's Sweets, Smooth-Ish Juice Bar, and Gordon Park.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 3.46 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.39 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.64 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.92 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 4.02 miles 17 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 4.34 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars

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