The Chew Chew Restaurant is now an integral part of Riverside, Illinois, which in 1970 was designated as a Registered National Historic Landmark.
To underscore how little has changed in Riverside since it was incorporated in 1875, The Chew Chew was the first business here to get a liquor license.
Known for its parks, winding tree-lined streets, original gas lamps, and 19th century homes, Riverside is an idyllic setting along the Des Plaines River.
Like The Chew Chew, it’s also an American original — it was the country’s first planned suburban community.
Riverside was designed in 1869 by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, famous for designing urban parks, including Central Park in New York City, and the grounds for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago. The village was incorporated in 1875.
In 1863 the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad was built heading southwest from downtown Chicago to Quincy, Illinois. 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 big city.
Major residential development came again in the 1920s and late 1930s. The village housing varies from bungalows to Victorian and early-twentieth-century mansions that attract architectural tours. Fifty-six homes and buildings in town have been designated local landmarks, including two National Historic Landmark homes designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Today, Riverside is as scenic and patriotic as ever. Our July 4 parade is a slice of Americana right out of a storybook.
The Chew Chew is proud of our relationship with Riverside. On an ongoing basis, we support a variety of events, and charitable and educational organizations in the community.
It’s a community of caring residents and visitors alike, who enjoy Riverside for its nature, history, schools, biking, the arts, classic cars, and of course, great dining with friends and family.
The renowned Higgins Glass Studio is just one block over from The Chew Chew. Stop by for a beautiful plate there, then a delicious dish here.
The world-class Brookfield Zoo attracts two million visitors each year, and is just minutes from The Chew Chew. After a day of wildlife, relax and dine with us.
When it was first established in 1996, The Chew Chew was located just yards from the train tracks that still transport commuters between Chicago and Aurora each day.
Today, The Chew Chew is just around the corner and down the street at 33 East Burlington.
Be sure to plan a visit to Riverside.
And when you do, be sure to make a reservation at our restuarant. Because no visit to this historic town is complete without dinner at The Chew Chew.
The Chew Chew Restaurant is 11 miles west of Chicago in historic Riverside, Illinois. Call 708-447-8781 to make a reservation. We look forward to seeing you.
The Chew Chew is just minutes from I-290 and I-55, and only 1.2 miles from the Brookfield Zoo. (Get driving directions.)
A Metra train from Chicago’s Union Station will arrive in Riverside and have you seated at The Chew Chew in half an hour. From the west, LaGrange is just 8 minutes away, Hinsdale just 15 minutes away, and Naperville just 36 minutes away. (Which train should I take?)