Allerton Park & Retreat Center, Monticello

4.5
#30 of 136 in Historic Sites in Illinois
Must see · Architectural Building · Garden
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“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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Allerton Park & Retreat Center reviews

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TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
137 reviews
Google
4.8
TripAdvisor
  • We stayed at the gatehouse and it was lovely! Everything clean and well kept! Staff was exceptionally helpful, bringing us extra pillows and ice. I offered a tip and she said “no not necessary “ I... 
    We stayed at the gatehouse and it was lovely! Everything clean and well kept! Staff was exceptionally helpful, bringing us extra pillows and ice. I offered a tip and she said “no not necessary “ I...  more »
  • We held our family reunion at the Allerton Retreat Center over the weekend. I cannot say enough good things about how comfortable it is. The Center provided for our game playing, song singing and fun....  more
    We held our family reunion at the Allerton Retreat Center over the weekend. I cannot say enough good things about how comfortable it is. The Center provided for our game playing, song singing and fun....  more »
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  • Started out as a place to explore and a year later was the most perfect place to be proposed to. This park is a great place to enjoy nature on a family walk/hike, family photo shoot or to have a special event. We love visiting this park and all it has to offer!
  • Lots to explore. Good to see different times of the year/seasons. Good to exercise, bike or walk. Good for family pictures or a coffee. Dogs friendly.

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