At Allerton, a world of natural beauty awaits you. Built as a private residence in 1900, today Allerton Park and Retreat Center is a historical treasure owned by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Befitting a splendid Georgian manor house, the formal gardens feature extensive plantings and over 100 ornaments and sculptures to discover. One of the Seven Wonders of Illinois, The Park consists of over 1,500 acres, including the Sangamon River, floodplains, lowland and upland forests, a meadow, a 30-acre demonstration prairie and over 14 miles of hiking trails. The Mansion and Allerton Park offer an unforgettable setting for weddings and special events where memories of place matter most. The park hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including the annual Allerton Music Barn Festival. Hours: Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to sunset.