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January 2017

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2017 Allerton Birding Big Year

January 1 - December 31

A Birding Big Year is an informal competition among birders to see who can tally the most species within a specific geographical area and within a calendar year. Big years are conducted at all levels from global tallies to backyard tallies, and this year the hottest competition will be the first ever Allerton Birding Big Year! Although the real prize is observing the diversity of birds in their natural habitat, we will be offering some material and experiential prizes! Each…

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March 2017


Allerton Spring Break

March 19 - March 24

Join your fellow students for an unforgettable Spring Break experience! Allerton Spring Break (ASB) participants get to stay at Allerton for the entire week, volunteering their time while experiencing all that this unique setting has to offer. Students will work together on volunteer projects daily, then take time to experience and explore Allerton. Allerton Park offers opportunities to relax, hike, and make lasting memories with new friends. Space is limited for this unique Spring Break experience. For application information and…

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$25 - $57


Allerton Trails Half-Marathon,10K, and 5K

March 31 @ 8:30 PM - April 1 @ 1:00 PM

The 5th Annual Allerton Races weekend will be March 31-April 1, 2017. Try something a little different Friday night with the one-of-a-kind Trail-Glo 5K, and/or spend Saturday morning on the trails with the Half-Marathon or 10K. You are sure to have a blast with this always-lively group - probably getting a little muddy, and conquering Allerton's trails! Click here to register. For questions or more information visit the Race website, or contact the Race Director at athmdirector@gmail.com.

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April 2017

$30


Art & Soul: Pysanky – Ukrainian Egg Decorating

April 11 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Join artist Johanna James and learn the beautiful and traditional art of Ukrainian egg decorating. Johanna will share fascinating facts about the history of Pysanky, then take you through the step by step process using wax and dyes. You will create a beautiful egg to take home! All levels of artistic expression are welcome! All materials are provided and light refreshments will be served. $30/person (Recommended for ages 15 & up.) Space is limited. Click here to register.

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Volunteer Orientation

April 15 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

This informational volunteer orientation is open to the public and great for anyone interested in volunteering at Allerton. Get your questions answered, find out about volunteer opportunities, and take the first step to becoming an Allerton volunteer! Meet in the Visitor Center at 9am. No registration required. For more information, contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu or by calling 217-333-3287.

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Third Saturday Garden Tour

April 15 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Allerton Park has 14 formal gardens, created by Robert Allerton between 1899 and 1946. Join one of our Third Saturday Garden Tours (April - October) and experience the beauty of each garden while listening to the history behind its creation. Garden tours start at 10am in the Visitor Center. Tours typically last 45-60 minutes, and all ages are welcome. No registration is required. Donations are appreciated! For more information, contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu or by calling 217-333-3287.

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May 2017


Fourth Annual Plant Sale

May 6 @ 9:00 AM - May 7 @ 5:00 PM

Save the Date! Allerton's Fourth Annual Plant Sale will be May 6-7, 2017. The sale is open from 9am-5pm, and will be located next to the Visitor Center.

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$95


Forest to Mansion Dinner

May 7 @ 3:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Allerton Mansion,

515 Old Timber Rd.

Monticello,

IL

United States


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Join us for the 3rd Annual Forest to Mansion Dinner! This year 5 great chefs will prepare a 5 course dinner highlighting wild ingredients collected from the forest and fields of Allerton Park. See how the best chefs in our area prepare wild morel mushrooms, wild ginger, American ginseng, stinging nettle, wild wood mint and more. Make your dinner reservation here! Overnight accommodations in the Mansion are available for $90 - please call (217) 333-3287 to reserve your room. 3:00pm…

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$5 - $8


Kids’ Concert

May 13 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

11am (Gate opens at 10am) | Gate House Lawn | Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players $5/kid or $8/adult, at the gate About the band: Just like a typical concert, fans at a Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players’ concert are jumping, dancing, and bouncing off each other in rhythm to the music. Unlike a typical concert, these fans are having a blast while their parents chuckle off to the side. Justin has performed…

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Volunteer Orientation

May 20 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

This informational volunteer orientation is open to the public and great for anyone interested in volunteering at Allerton. Get your questions answered, find out about volunteer opportunities, and take the first step to becoming an Allerton volunteer! Meet in the Visitor Center at 9am. No registration required. For more information, contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu or by calling 217-333-3287.

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Third Saturday Garden Tour

May 20 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Allerton Park has 14 formal gardens, created by Robert Allerton between 1899 and 1946. Join one of our Third Saturday Garden Tours (April - October) and experience the beauty of each garden while listening to the history behind its creation. Garden tours start at 10am in the Visitor Center. Tours typically last 45-60 minutes, and all ages are welcome. No registration is required. Donations are appreciated! For more information, contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu or by calling 217-333-3287.

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$80


A Garden Party

May 21 @ 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

We’re revamping and expanding this year’s Garden Party Fundraiser! Spend a Sunday afternoon strolling through Allerton’s Gardens - with live music, drinks, and food along the way. Mingle with friends, start-up a game of croquet or bocce ball, and watch the plein air artists create their masterpieces. Unique auction items will be up for bid, including one-of-a-kind arrangements from area florists, exclusive Allerton events and merchandise, and more. As the afternoon winds down, take a seat in the Meadow to…

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$65


Becoming Sherlock

May 30 - June 2

Tuesday-Friday, 9am-12pm | Ages 5-7 | $65 ‘Come, Watson, come!’ he cried. ‘The game is afoot!' Campers will stretch their powers of observation and deduction all week to find solutions and solve mysteries, including the Mystery of the Lost Garden. Click here to download a Registration Form. Click here to view the Day Camp cancellation & refund policy.

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June 2017

$5 - $10


Summer Kick Off Concert

June 2 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

6-9pm | Gate House Lawn | 6pm The Bashful Youngens | 7:30pm Birds of Chicago About the bands: "Birds of Chicago, the collective centered around Allison Russell and JT Nero, reassert the simple notion - radical in these times - that beautiful words and music can still tap deep veins of emotion. Stark, elemental imagery that feels like scripture, or a lost folk song recovered; the Birds draw heavily on the gospel tradition and the music feels like a new,…

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$76


Allerton Acorns Morning Session – FULL

June 5 - June 9

Allerton Acorns Morning Session is now FULL. There are still spots available in Allerton Acorns Afternoon Session and Becoming Sherlock. Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm | Ages 5-7 | $76 This week of fun and adventure will take them over the river and through the woods, as we explore Allerton and get our hands dirty! No topic is out of bounds this week, as long as it’s outdoors. Activities will include creating Allerton–inspired artwork, working together to build outdoor forts, scavenger hunts, and…

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$76


Allerton Acorns Afternoon Session

June 5 - June 9

Monday-Friday, 12:30-3:30pm | Ages 5-7 | $76 This week of fun and adventure will take them over the river and through the woods, as we explore Allerton and get our hands dirty! No topic is out of bounds this week, as long as it’s outdoors. Activities will include creating Allerton–inspired artwork, scavenger hunts, and much more! Click here to download a Registration Form. Click here to view the Day Camp cancellation & refund policy.

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$129


Allerton Acorns Full Day – FULL

June 5 - June 9

Allerton Acorns Full Day Camp is now FULL. There are still spot available in Alleron Acorns Afternoon Session and Becoming Sherlock Monday-Friday, 9am-3:30pm | Ages 5-7 | $129 If your Acorn is ready for a full-day camp, they are in luck! You can combine two half-day camps for an entire day of fun and outdoor adventure. (Morning and afternoon activities will be different, so full-day campers will have all new adventures!) Full-day campers should bring their own lunch - supervised…

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$132


Allerton Artists

June 12 - June 16

Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm | Ages 6-11 | $132 Robert Allerton used the landscape to create his own work of art, which became the gardens we enjoy today. Allerton Artists will take this inspiration to create their own great works of art. Some whimsical, some off-beat, some classical… all unique. Like all Allerton Camps, this one includes plenty of fun outdoors! Don’t miss the last day Art Exhibit on Friday, June 16 - where campers will display their art for parents, grandparents,…

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Third Saturday Garden Tour

June 17 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Allerton Park has 14 formal gardens, created by Robert Allerton between 1899 and 1946. Join one of our Third Saturday Garden Tours (April - October) and experience the beauty of each garden while listening to the history behind its creation. Garden tours start at 10am in the Visitor Center. Tours typically last 45-60 minutes, and all ages are welcome. No registration is required. Donations are appreciated! For more information, contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu or by calling 217-333-3287.

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$76


Discovery Camp

June 19 - June 23

Monday - Friday, 9am-12pm | Ages 3-4 | $76 Littlest ones ready for their first camp experience? Discovery Camp will introduce our smallest visitors to Allerton and let them explore at their own pace. We will head outside every morning to discover the joys of art and nature with a group of new friends! Campers must be fully potty-trained. Click here to download a Registration Form. Click here to view the Day Camp cancellation & refund policy.

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$108


Allerton Adventurers

June 26 - June 30

Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm | Ages 8-11 | $108 Once an Adventurer, always an Adventurer! We leave no stone unturned as we explore all Allerton has to offer. Each day begins a new topic about the natural world around us. Adventurers will hike, play games, and enjoy one week of a summer well-spent – outside! Click here to download a Registration Form. Click here to view the Day Camp cancellation & refund policy.

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$5 - $10


Reds, Whites, and the Blues

June 30 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

6-9pm | Gate House Lawn | 6pm The Blues Deacons | 7:30pm The Cash Box Kings About the bands: "Hailing from the 'Windy City,' Blind Pig recording artists The Cash Box Kings are keeping real deal, old-school Chicago blues alive and thriving. The band is dedicated to carrying on the spirit of the 1940's and 50's post-war Chicago blues sound as well as the Delta blues music of the 20’s and 30’s. But these illustrious torch bearers also add a…

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July 2017


Volunteer Orientation

July 15 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

This informational volunteer orientation is open to the public and great for anyone interested in volunteering at Allerton. Get your questions answered, find out about volunteer opportunities, and take the first step to becoming an Allerton volunteer! Meet in the Visitor Center at 9am. No registration required. For more information, contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu or by calling 217-333-3287.

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Third Saturday Garden Tour

July 15 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Allerton Park has 14 formal gardens, created by Robert Allerton between 1899 and 1946. Join one of our Third Saturday Garden Tours (April - October) and experience the beauty of each garden while listening to the history behind its creation. Garden tours start at 10am in the Visitor Center. Tours typically last 45-60 minutes, and all ages are welcome. No registration is required. Donations are appreciated! For more information, contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu or by calling 217-333-3287.

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August 2017

$5 - $10


Irish Fest

August 4 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

6-9pm | Gate House Lawn | 6pm The Shanties | 7:30pm Skipper's Alley About the bands: "Skipper’s Alley are a 7-piece ensemble whose dynamic take on traditional Irish music has garnered wide critical praise and featured on such diverse stages as The Late Late Show, La Festival Interceltique de Lorient, and the Irish Embassy in Zambia. Described by The Irish Times as “gloriously three-dimensional”, the group spring from harp-accompanied Sean-Nós songs to feral, unkempt sets of reels, creating a sound…

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