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Riverside is an affluent suburban village in Cook County, Illinois, a significant portion of which is included in Riverside Landscape Architecture District. The population was 8,895 at the 2000 census. It is a suburb of Chicago, located roughly 9 miles west of downtown Chicago and 2 miles outside city limits.

Riverside is arguably one of the first planned communities in the United States, designed in 1869 by Frederick Law Olmsted. The village was incorporated in 1875. The Riverside Landscape Architecture District, an area bounded by 26th St., Harlem and Ogden Aves., the Des Plaines River, and Forbes Rd., was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970.

In 1863 the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad was built heading southwest from downtown Chicago to Quincy, Illinois, passing through what is now the Near West Suburban area of Chicago in a western-southwestern direction. This new access to transportation and commerce brought about a significant housing and construction boom in what was once farmland far from the bustle of the city of Chicago. In 1868, an eastern businessman named Emery E. Childs brought together a group of associates to form the Riverside Improvement Company with the intent of purchasing and investing in land in the form of residential development.

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They turned to the economically booming Chicago area where they purchased a 1,600-acre (6.5 km2) tract of property along the Des Plaines River and the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad line. The site was highly desirable due to its natural oak-hickory forest and its mere 11 mile distance from the Chicago Loop. Further, its position along the winding Des Plaines River cooled the area, and due to good drainage, the land was mosquito free.

The Riverside Improvement Company commissioned well-known landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and his partner, Calvert Vaux, to design a "rural" bedroom community. Olmsted and Vaux had already received widespread acclaim and fame for their design of New York City's Central Park. The Improvement Company wanted Riverside to combine the pleasures of suburban living with urban conveniences such as community-provided gas, water services, and maintained streets. Olmsted and Vaux went one step further in that regard. Instead of planning the community's streets in a grid fashion as Chicago and most of its suburbs at the time were, they planned the streets to follow the area's natural contours.

Streets follow the Des Plaines River, and continue from there to wind all through the Village. The town's plan, which was completed in 1869, also accorded for a Grand Park system that uses several large parks as a foundation, with 41 smaller triangular parks and plazas located at intersections throughout town to provide for additional green spaces.

Illinois Cities in Which We Have Performed Wedding Photography
Below is a partial list of cities in which we have performed wedding photography:
Richton Park
River Forest
River Grove
Rolling Meadows
Round Lake Beach
Sauk Village
Schiller Park
South Elgin
University Park
Vernon Hills
West Chicago
Western Springs
Wonder Lake
Wood Dale
Glen Ellyn
Orland Park
Downers Grove
Arlington Heights
Chicago Heights
West Chicago
North Chicago
Riverside, Illinois
The town of Riverside, Illinois is one of our most favorite towns in which to capture wedding photography. The beautiful town of Riverside gives us many opportunities to perform our photojournalist wedding style as well as traditional wedding style of photography.

In addition to Riverside, other favorite towns we have enjoyed performing wedding photography in include: Chicago, Riverside, Joliet, Riverside, Riverside and Riverside.

Riverside Wedding Photography Galleries and Articles
Use the links below to view photos from Riverside Illinois Weddings and other Chicago Weddings as well as articles which can assist you in preparing your Riverside Wedding. Photos and articles include: wedding dresses, wedding shoes, wedding cakes, wedding flowers, wedding invitations, and more!
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Specials for Riverside Weddings

We have several specials currently being offered for Riverside Weddings. See our pricing page for our current specials as well as pricing for:

  • Traditional Wedding Albums
  • Matted Wedding Albums
  • Coffee Table Books
  • Flush Mount Albums
  • High Resolution Digital Negatives
  • Prints in Color, Black & White, and Sepia
  • Digital Photo Albums
  • Musical Photo Show DVDs
  • Photo Composites
  • Special Effects

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