Robert Allerton Park – Monticello, Illinois - Atlas Obscura

Robert Allerton Park

Monticello, Illinois

The park that the Chicago Stockyards built. 


Built during the first half of the 20th century, Allerton Park was the creation of Robert Allerton, heir to a fortune made through the Chicago Stockyards. It has been described as “a vast prairie turned into a personal fantasy land of neoclassical statues, Far Eastern art, and huge European-syle gardens surrounding a Georgian-Revival mansion” Encompassing over 1500 acres of land, features of the park include a hedge maze, reflecting pool, a sunken garden and over one hundred pieces of statuary scattered throughout.

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  • Inside Allerton: The Essential Guide to Robert Allerton Park by David L. Finnigan
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