“The historic Allerton Park and Retreat Center unfolds like a set from Bridgerton… In the early 1900s, artists and socialites traveled to an Illinois estate to relax and create.
Now you can, too, at the state’s first folk school.”
Those are the words of writer Ceil Miller Bochet, whose profile of Allerton can be found in a recent issue of Midwest Living.
The article continues: “For the past decade, the University has offered arts and crafts programming at the estate, setting the stage for this fall’s launch of The Farms: An Allerton Folk School. Several buildings have been renovated to host teachers and students. The historic icehouse is now a studio for artists-in-residence.
“An old shed is being converted for multipurpose use. Guests who stay in one of the 34 lodging rooms gather in the renewed Greenhouse Cafè for fresh fare and happy hours. Many time their stay with monthly Allerton Supper Club events, when local chefs curate multicourse meals.”