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Side Trips from Chicago Sights

Belvedere Mansion and Garden Tour

  • 1008 Park Ave.
  • Galena

Fodor's Review

This 22-room Italianate mansion even merited a write-up in the Galena newspaper when it was built in 1857 for steamboat magnate—later ambassador to Belgium—J. Russell Jones. Although it is still a private residence, the current owners invite visitors for guided tours for half the year. In addition to the ornate woodwork and incredible collection of chandeliers, you'll find a fascinating selection of items picked up by various owners throughout the years, including glittering pieces from Liberace's estate and the famous velvet green drapes from "Gone With the Wind."

Sight Information


1008 Park Ave., Galena, Illinois, 61036, United States



Sight Details:

  • $12; children $6; under 8 free
  • May-Oct. Sun.-Fri. 11-4; Sat. 11-5.


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