Monticello Travel Guide
Monticello Railway Museum - Off Interstate 72 at Market Street Exit 166. The Monticello Railway Museum is a volunteer not-for-profit educational organization. The museum was founded in 1966. There is a lot on offer at the museum, including walk through display cars; a gift shop; picnic areas; and 50 pieces of rolling stock.
Robert Allerton Park - Located just out of Monticello. This 1,500 acre park is where you'll find the 1900 home of Robert Allerton. It is now owned by the University of Illinois and hosts many conferences throughout the year. This is a sight not to be missed when in Monticello.
Atwood - State Route 36, just out of Monticello. This small town has undergone many restorations in recent years, and is a great place to take a trip from Monticello. The beautifully restored Main Street is lined with many interesting shops that sell a wide range of products.
WackyNackies Great gift shop- a mini mall in itself- excellent customer service, wonderful assortmemts and great- great prices! A must stop in and buy!!
submitted by Martha, 22/03/06
Here's the Buzz There's a lot to do in this town - it's a great day trip - but you must stop in The Buzz for their fabulous coffee and crepes- great breakfast assortment (served all day) or lunch. A Fabulous Coffee house with Excellent coffee and treats you'd expect from a major city!
submitted by Martha, 22/03/06
Monticello Parks & Gardens
Piatt Co. Forest Preserve Park - In the north side of Monticello. This park is a great place for the whole family to have a break from sightseeing around town. The park has a range of facilities available, including picnic areas with barbecue facilities; a playground for children; restrooms; concession stands; and bleachers.
Valentine Park - Cemetery Road, northeast of Monticello city centre. This is another great place for the family to take a break and have some fun outdoors. The park has a one and a half mile nature trail, with 15 bird watching areas. There are also picnic areas with barbecues available.
Monticello Restaurants and Bars
Ike's Fish House -106 South Charter Street. This is one of the best seafood restaurants in town, and is very popular with locals and tourists alike. They serve a wide range of traditional American dishes, specializing in seafood. The service is excellent and the prices are reasonable.
Brown Bag the Restaurant - 212 West Washington Street. This is another one of the top restaurants in Monticello, and is a favourite with tourists visiting the city. They serve a wide range of American food, from hot dogs to spare ribs. This is a great place for lunch or dinner.
Montgomery's On the Square - 108 South Charter Street. This restaurant is one of the best places to go for dinner, and it is popular with both locals and tourists. They serve a wide variety of American and Continental cuisine, and the prices are very reasonable.
Monticello Bars & Clubs
Corner Tavern - 219 West Washington Street. This is one of the best bars in town, and is popular with a mixed crowd of locals. They serve a wide variety of American and imported beers, as well as the best bourbon in town. This is a great place to relax, have a few drinks and mix with the locals.
Cafe Cody - In the centre of town. This is where the hip and trendy locals of Monticello hang out in the evenings. This is a great place to go and have a more relaxed evening out, while sipping on some cocktails and having great conversation.
East End Tavern - 116 East Washington Street. This slightly more traditional tavern is very popular with an older crowd of locals. This is a great place to relax, down a few a beers and chat to some of the old timers, and get the low down of Monticello.
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