We have been taking our kiddos to Allerton Park and Retreat Center for years. We pass through the gates and leave our busy schedules behind. No laundry, no practices, no homework and best of all- no dirty dishes!
We each have our own favorite spot in the park. The kiddos love the statues- especially the Sun Singer. (AKA, Mr. Fanny Man)
But me? I swoon a thousand swoons over the Allerton Mansion.
After 20 years of
stalking swooning, the Allerton staff was so kind to grant me a tour.
Oh, the books I could read here!
The details, the fixtures, the windows, the french doors, the art, and the many staircases are overwhelmingly beautiful and perfectly maintained.
The mansion is not a museum. It is available for conferences, weddings, family gatherings and special events.
The bedrooms are huge with private bathrooms and gorgeous views.Walking through the mansion, I felt like I had taken a step back in time.
Even though the mansion has been updated, it has maintained the integrity of it's bones.
So many of the original details have been maintained, like the detailing on the marble vanity.
Each corridor led to another...and another.
In the dining hall, I couldn't help but think, "If these walls could talk" when I saw this window. It used to be an entrance to the carriage house.
Each chandelier is more beautiful than the last.
The Allerton mansion has been home to many weddings.
Photographer Mark Romine has captured countless wedding images at the Allerton mansion.
After my tour, I spent the entire drive home dreaming up events to plan at Allerton. Family reunions, girl's weekends away, conferences, and someday, one of my own children's weddings.
For more information about Allerton, click HERE.
"Allerton Park was built as the private estate of Robert Henry Allerton. Named “The Farms,” the estate was the center of the 12,000-acre Illinois agricultural enterprise assembled during the late 1800s by Robert’s father Samuel. The family wealth extended well beyond Illinois as Samuel Allerton amassed more than 80,000 acres of farmland across the Midwest. The elder Allerton was a founding principal of the First National Bank of Chicago, and held prominent leadership positions in five major stockyards, including the Union Stockyards of Chicago.