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Monticello, Illinois

Robert Allerton Park

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.