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Parks & Recreation in Monticello, Illinois



Allerton Park and Retreat Center

Voted one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois
Located 3.5 miles west of Monticello. Allerton Park, owned by the University of Illinois, is a former estate built by Robert Allerton in the early 1900's. The park features 1500 woodland acres for strolling, hiking, formal gardens and museum quality sculptures collected from all over the world. The estate is truly an oasis in the prairie. The mansion is now used as a Retreat Center.

Allerton Park and Retreat Center

Valentine Park

Located on northeast Cemetary Road (County Forest Preserve Park) This quiet park features a 1/2 mile nature trail and is a relaxing spot to picnic and birdwatch.

 Lodge Park

Located 1 1/2 miles north of Exit 166 I-72. County Forest Preserve Park. 500 acres along the Sangamon River offers primitive camping, picnic tables, playground equipment. It is the site of the annual fireworks celebrations on July 3.


Area Campgrounds

Lodge Park - (217) 762-4531
Friends Creek Park (rural Cisco) - (217) 795-8361

The City of Monticello has an active Parks and Recreation Department, which organizes sports programs throughout the year.

Lodge Park




Upcoming Monticello Events  

Farmers Market - downtown Monticello
Thursdays 3-6pm June 20-Sept.
August 2, 2013
Concert at Allerton
August 2, 2013
Movie at Burke Park
August 17, 2013
Movie on the Square
August 17-18, 2013
Steam Train Rides
August 29-Sept. 2, 2013
Allerton Music Barn


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