Allerton Park & Retreat Center, Monticello

#27 of 135 in Historic Sites in Illinois
Must see · Architectural Building · Garden
“This place has a little magic for every person who visits.” –review of Allerton Park and Retreat Center

Built as a private residence by artist and philanthropist Robert Allerton in 1900, Allerton Park and Retreat Center offers a unique opportunity to experience art, nature, and history away from the distractions of everyday life. The estate contains 1,500 acres of woodland and prairie areas, a Mansion and Reflecting Pond, formal sculpture gardens, hiking trails, a 10-acre Meadow, and several lodging facilities.

Allerton is available to host a wide range of events including weddings, meetings, conferences, retreats, and special events. Overnight accommodations are also available.

Allerton is open 8am to sunset. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. If it is not rented for a private event, the Mansion’s first floor is available for self-guided tours. Quarterly public tour dates can be found on our website.

The Visitor Center is open daily, 9am-5pm, and is an unstaffed, self-guided resource with a small café (check website for current hours), maps, displays, and restrooms.
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  • Stunning gardens and very well kept trails. Amazing statues from around the word in gorgeous garden displays. Looking forward to going back when the buildings are open again.  more »
  • I love this park. The trails are great for hiking. I've stayed in the mansion with family overnight, and it's an awesome place to stay. The statues are fun to look at and I love walking around the...  more »
  • We had a great experience here as part of a work retreat. Even though I ended up not staying in the main house but rather in the rooms of the "out buildings"--and they were still fine. Every bedroom was small but who cares? I'm not spending time in the bedroom, I'm spending in the big house and on the grounds. The grounds are unique and fantastic. Take some time to walk around and see the sculptures. Get outside at night and see the stars. I liked the staff as they were helpful. I will say that you can't just swish all over the house and grounds with your own alcohol that you brought. I understand that that is not how a liquor license from the state works. So enjoy your own alcohol in your own room and buy everything else from the bar. It's not that expensive.
  • What a beautiful site! Perfect for weddings and outside photography! Someone who appreciates nature gardens would be in awe I'm sure. We walked around for hours and hours and still didn't get everything taken in.

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