Nestled in the heart of Wheaton, Illinois, 30 miles west of Chicago, Cantigny Park is a 500-acre wonderland that offers something for everyone. Formerly the country estate of Joseph Medill and his grandson Colonel Robert R. McCormick – publisher of the Chicago Tribune – this breathtaking oasis was named Cantigny after the Battle of Cantigny in World War I, fought by Colonel McCormick himself. Endowed by the fortune left behind upon his death in 1955, this public park contains expansive formal and informal gardens, two museums, a 27-hole golf course, a picnic grove and playground, hiking trails with stunning scenic views, various restaurants to enjoy your favorite meal or snack from, and a gift shop! Operated by the McCormick Charitable Trust (now known as The McCormick Foundation), come visit Cannitgy for an unforgettable experience!
The History of Cannitgy
Robert R. McCormick, born in 1880, was a member of the U.S. Army’s First Division who commanded an artillery battalion in 1918 at the Battle of Cantigny – America’s first victory in World War I. Married to his beloved grounds, he lived on them from 1920s until his death in 1955, leaving behind a generous gift: the Robert R. McCormick Charitable Trust (now The McCormick Foundation) and Cantigny Park, open to all for education and recreation. On these beautiful grounds stand two museums dedicated to history, as well as 30 acres of display gardens crafted by renowned landscape architect Franz Lipp and 3 miles of trails made for walking and picnics alike. Among its many offerings, there is also the 27-hole Cantigny Golf course, the 9-hole Cantigny Youth Links, an Education Center bustling with activities; even a Visitor Center offering a scale model of the estate film exhibits. Throughout the year Cantigny is host to numerous events like concerts and garden tours – just look online for park hours, directions and a calendar! Come visit this extraordinary wonderland nestled in Wheaton and create lasting family memories! learn more about Grant & Power Landscaping, Inc