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Riverside, What the Burbs Could've Been

history walk

Riverside, What the Burbs Could've Been

Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Drinks
Hosted in
English
history walk

Riverside, What the Burbs Could've Been

history walk

Riverside, What the Burbs Could've Been

Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Drinks
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

Enjoy a tour of the architecture and tales of the historic suburbs designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, and then enjoy a tipple in the shade. For 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. You'll stroll down Riverside's streets as you gaze upon architectural wonders and hear surprising tales of a town’s history that predates the modern city of Chicago itself. Following our walking tour, we’ll relax in true Riverside style at Quincy Street Distillery in the historic downtown district. There, we'll sip spirits crafted with the history and legacy of Riverside itself in mind.

Your host

Matt

Matt

Hi. I'm Matt, a member of the Atlas Obscura community. I'm a life-long resident of the western burbs, and have always been fascinated with Olmsted's beautifully impractical vision for what they could be. I also enjoy a good sip of whiskey on occasion. This event combines those two passions.

In partnership with Atlas Obscura

Selected by Atlas Obscura

This experience is offered directly by a member of the Atlas Obscura community and has been selected by Atlas Obscura.

Founded in 2009, Atlas Obscura is a global community of explorers, who have together created a comprehensive database of the world’s most wondrous places and foods. Community members also host their own experiences, providing special access to the world’s hidden wonders, local marvels, and gastronomical wonders.

What's included

Drinks
Drinks A complimentary craft drink at the historically minded Quincy Street Distillery.

Where you'll be

Riverside is one of the first-known planned communities in the United States. Designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted famous for Central Park, the U.S. Capital and many other public places, it is a town like no other. Enjoy its winding streets and impeccable architecture. Quincy Street Distillery is known for making historically minded spirits in the heart of downtown Riverside.

Availability

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests aged 18 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

More tips

Be prepared for a fair amount of walking outside.
Matt
Riverside, What the Burbs Could've Been
New experience
From €33/person
New experience
From €33/person