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Chris Pieters Named Food & Beverage Director

 

Wheaton, Ill., May 23, 2017 — Christopher Pieters has joined Cantigny Park and Cantigny Golf as Food & Beverage Director. The appointment was announced by Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports, which oversees Cantigny’s golf and foodservice operations.

Pieters brings 15 years of high-end restaurant management experience to Cantigny. Most recently he was general manager of Sullivan’s Steakhouse in Naperville. His foodservice career also includes management positions with Maggiano’s Little Italy, White Chocolate Grill and Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano.

“Chris’s track record of restaurant industry success speaks for itself,” said Terry Hanley, Cantigny Golf general manager. “I’m confident his leadership will take our hospitality to an even higher level for our dining and private party guests.”

Pieters looks forward to a new career challenge at a venue well known for its gardens, museums and 27-hole championship golf course. Cantigny’s food and beverage operations include Le Jardin and Bertie’s Café at Cantigny Park, and the Red Oak Room and Fareways Grill at Cantigny Golf. Pieters will oversee a staff of 100.

“I was attracted to Cantigny by its reputation for being a truly best-in-class destination,” Pieters said. “As a hospitality professional, I am proud to be joining such an incredible team. And as a golfer, I’ll admit that having a world-class golf course right outside the door is quite a perk!”

Pieters holds an MBA in marketing from Keller Graduate School of Management (Downers Grove) and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. He resides in Lisle with his wife, Sita, and three children.

Frank Bellino Named Executive Chef

Wheaton, Ill., June 8, 2017 — Culinary veteran Frank Bellino has been named Executive Chef at Cantigny Park and Cantigny Golf. The promotion was announced by Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports, which oversees Cantigny’s golf and foodservice operations.

Bellino joined Cantigny 17 years ago, serving most recently as Executive Sous Chef.

“Frank is passionate about the culinary arts and his talent is enjoyed every day by our customers,” said Terry Hanley, Cantigny Golf general manager. “From individual meals to banquets with more than 200 guests, his commitment to excellence never waivers.”

Cantigny’s food and beverage operations include Le Jardin and Bertie’s Café at Cantigny Park, and the Red Oak Room and Fareways Grill at Cantigny Golf.

Bellino, who will oversee a culinary and kitchen staff of 35, considers every day a new adventure, filled with both challenges and opportunities. He appreciates the freedom to try new things, applying creativity and new technology to all parts of the menu.

“I get the most joy from experimenting with new and different flavor combinations and menu compositions,” Bellino said. “Here at Cantigny we allow the culinary staff to get creative and use their talent. There are no great chefs without a great team so I’m in the right place.”

A Chicago native, Bellino now lives in Aurora with his wife, Diane.

July-August Events, Concerts, & Classes at Cantigny Park

The following activities will take place at Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Road in Wheaton. Additional details are online at Cantigny.org or call 630.668.5161.

JULY

Saturday, July 1

Free Concert: 85th Army Band

Bandshell, 3 pm

Get your Independence Day weekend off to a patriotic start with this spirited Arlington Heights-based unit founded in 1943! Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with parking ($10).

Sunday, July 2

Free Children’s Concert: Super Stolie Guacamole!

Bandshell, 12 pm

This act’s high-energy style and blend of kid-friendly pop-rock songs and audience participation encourages everyone to be silly and have a good time with music. Don’t miss this special bilingual performance complete with a guacamole-making demo! Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with parking ($10).

Sunday, July 2

Free Concert: The Four C Notes

Bandshell, 3 pm

Enjoy the Midwest’s only tribute act dedicated to recreating the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons! Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with parking ($10).

FEATURED EVENT!

Tuesday, July 4

Free Concert: Southwest Community Concert Band

Bandshell, 3 pm

Enjoy patriotic music and more at this special Independence Day performance. The Southwest Community Concert Band, established in 1982 and under Musical Director Ray Forlenza, is always a popular attraction at Cantigny. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with parking ($10).

Wednesday, July 5

Inchworms Parent-Child Program

Visitors Center, 9:30 to 10:15 am

Introduce your little one (ages 18-36 months) to nature through songs, simple crafts and outdoor exploration. The theme is “Flowers.” Cost: $6; parking free. Register at Cantigny.org or 630.260.8162.

Wednesday, July 5

Sprouts Parent-Child Program

Visitors Center, 10:45 to 11:45 am

Children ages 3 to 5 years are invited to explore seasonal nature topics through stories, hands-on activities, nature walks and crafts. The theme for this 3-session class is “What’s Growin’ in the Garden?” The class also meets July 12 and 19. Cost: $18; parking free. Register at Cantigny.org or 630.260.8162.

Thursday, July 6

Military Science: Rockets

Visitors Center, 10 am to 12 pm

Students ages 11 to 14 are invited to learn about military rockets, experiment with basic principles of rocketry and launch different types of model rockets. Enjoy a rare opportunity to pick up a WWII “Super Bazooka,” a Vietnam era LAW and more modern rocket launchers. All participants will take home an Estes rocket. Cost: $15; parking free. Register at Cantigny.org or 630.260.8162.

Friday, July 7

Movie in the Park: “Lego Batman Movie”

Bandshell, 8:30 pm

Celebrate summer with a family movie night under the stars! Seating is on the grass by the red bandshell. Blankets, chairs and snacks welcome. Free with parking ($5).

Saturday, July 8

“Purple Martins 101”

Cantigny Golf, 7:30 am

Learn all about one of America’s favorite birds from Cantigny volunteer Ray Feld. The presentation will include an up-close look inside one of the martin “hotels.” Cantigny Golf is located at 27w270 Mack Road in Wheaton. Free program and parking.

Saturday, July 8

Second Saturday Family Program: Aviation

Visitors Center, 12 to 3 pm

Families are invited to the McCormick House’s monthly drop-in program with interactive themes. Activities this month will recall Cantigny’s surprising connection to aviation—Colonel McCormick had a landing strip on the grounds and Charles Lindbergh once visited the estate! Try your hand at making a paper airplane and test it against other visitors for distance. Free program; parking $10.

Saturday, July 8

3rd Annual Riverside Folk Fest

Bandshell, 1 to 4 pm

This event for folk music fans is a fundraiser for the Riverside Center for Education in Oak Brook. Multiple musicians and bands will perform. Donations ($5 suggested) will support the school. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with parking ($10).

Saturday, July 8

“A League of Their Own” 25th Anniversary

McCormick House, 6 pm

See the 1992 movie starring Tom Hanks that was partially filmed at Cantigny, outside the McCormick House! Enjoy other baseball-themed activities, too. Free with parking ($10).

 

 

 

 

Sunday, July 9

Red Oak Vintage Base Ball Tournament

Parade Field, 11 am

Pull up a hay bale and witness “America’s Pastime” as it was played during Civil War times, under the rules of 1858. Clubs scheduled to appear: DuPage Plowboys, Oregon Ganymedes, Lemont Quarrymen, Milwaukee Cream Citys, Hog & Hominy Picked 9 (Missouri), Rockford Forest Citys, Creston Regulators and Somonauk Blue Stockings. Free with parking ($10).

Sunday, July 9

College of DuPage Theater: “A Play on Words”

Bandshell, 12 pm

This playful performance by COD’s Theater Department features three “Plays on Words” that the whole family will enjoy. Bring your imagination and enthusiasm for a fun and participatory hour of play! Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with parking ($10).

Sunday, July 9

Free Concert: Petty Cash

Bandshell, 3 pm

This energetic five-man cover band specializes in the music of Tom Petty and Johnny Cash! Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with parking ($10).

Monday, July 10

Nature Explorer’s Camp

9:30 am to 12 pm (5 days)

Kids ages 8-11 are invited to Cantigny for a week of fun and exploration. Each morning will be filled with investigating and exploring. Nature-themed activities will include experiments, games, crafts and discoveries. Camp concludes on July 14. Cost $75. Parking free. Register at Cantigny.org or 630.260.8162.

Monday, July 10

Water Explorations Camp

1 to 3:30 pm (5 days)

Kids ages 8-11 are invited to Cantigny for a week of fun and exploration. Each morning will be filled with investigating and exploring. Water-themed activities will include experiments, games, crafts and discoveries. Camp concludes on July 14. Cost $75. Parking free. Register at Cantigny.org or 630.260.8162.

Tuesday, July 11

Wee Heart Music Sing-A-Long

Visitors Center, 9:30 am, 10:30 am OR 11:30 am

This is the first of four classes meeting on Tuesdays through August 1. Choose from three start times; each class is 45 minutes. Ideal for ages 6 and under, this class is fun for the whole family and features interactive parent-child songs, chants, dances and instrumental jam sessions. More details at Cantigny.org. Cost: $59 for first child; $46 for siblings. Siblings under 9 months free. Parking included. Register at Cantigny.org or 630.260.8162.

Tuesday, July 11

Idea Garden

Visitors Center, 11 am

Join Liz Omura from Cantigny Horticulture for an up-close look at Cantigny’s “garden for gardeners.” Take home some great ideas for your own garden! Free with parking ($5).

 

 

Wednesday, July 12

Inchworms Parent-Child Program

Visitors Center, 9:30 to 10:15 am

Introduce your little one (ages 18-36 months) to nature through songs, simple crafts and outdoor exploration. The theme is “Fruit.” Cost: $6; parking free. Register at Cantigny.org or 630.260.8162.

Wednesday, July 12

The Spirited Botanist

McCormick House, 6:30 pm

Enjoy a refreshing botanical cocktail on the historic East Porch of the McCormick House. Host Liz Omura from Cantigny Horticulture will demonstrate a cocktail (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic varieties) featuring a fruit, vegetable, herb and/or edible flower as the main ingredient. The drink this evening will be “The Farmer’s Market.” Advance registration required. Cost: $25. Parking free. Meet at the Visitors Center.

Wednesday, July 12

Date with History: Author Pat Proctor

Visitors Center, 7:30 pm

Author Pat Proctor will discuss “Containment and Credibility: The Ideology and Deception that Plunged America into the Vietnam War.” Copies will be available for purchase and signing. Program and parking free. For more information, visit FirstDivisionMuseum.org or call 630.260.8187.

Thursday, July 13

Gardens Bike Tour

Visitors Center, 6:30 pm

Bob Carr and Chris Roberts from Cantigny Horticulture will escort visitors on a leisurely ride with plenty of stops at different areas of the gardens and other park attractions. Adults and children ages 8 and up welcome. Limit 15 people. Advance registration required at Cantigny.org or 630.260.8162. Free with parking ($5).

Friday, July 14

Storytime in the Garden with Winfield Public Library

Visitors Center, 10:30 to 11:30 am

Join the library staff to explore some favorite stories and other activities in Cantigny’s beautiful gardens. Contact Ms. Nuccia Choate at the library for further details and reservations 630.653.7599. Free program and parking fee waived for those who preregister with the library.

Friday, July 14

Movie in the Park: “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”

Bandshell, 8:30 pm

Celebrate summer with a family movie night under the stars! Seating is on the grass by the red bandshell. Blankets, chairs and snacks welcome. Free with parking ($5).

Saturday, July 15

Free Concert: Navy Band Great Lakes: Horizon

Bandshell, 12 pm

Enjoy Horizon, Navy Band Great Lakes’ high-energy group of musicians playing a wide variety of popular music including rock, pop, rhythm & blues, country, funk and jazz. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with parking ($5).

 

 

 

 

Saturday, July 15

Free Concert: The Neverly Brothers

Bandshell, 3 pm

This band plays favorite hits from 1950s through the 1964 British invasion. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with parking ($10).

Sunday, July 16

Free Concert: New Odyssey

Bandshell, 3 pm

Together for more than 30 years, this group featuring “three guys and 30 instruments” offers a wide variety of crowd-pleasing music. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with parking ($10).

FEATURED EVENT!

Sunday, July 16

Shakespeare in the Park: “As You Like It”

Cantigny Gardens, 6 pm

The Midsummer Theater Company presents an outdoor Shakespearean play surrounded by the beautiful Cantigny gardens. Tickets are $10; kids under 8 free. Parking free. Visit Cantigny.org or call 630.260.8162. Rain date for this event is July 23.

Monday, July 17

Camp Cantigny

9 am to 12 pm (5 days)

Kids ages 7-11 are invited to Cantigny for a week of fun and exploration. Each day takes campers to a different part of the park for activities, games, crafts and discoveries. Camp concludes on July 21. Cost $105. Parking free. Register at Cantigny.org or 630.260.8162.

Monday, July 17

Golf Course Cart Tour

Cantigny Golf, 6:00 pm

See and learn about the elaborate floral plantings on Cantigny’s scenic 27-hole golf course. Guests will travel in golf carts on this unique tour focusing on flowerbeds, restored natural areas, majestic trees and more. Todd Henderson, head forester, and Craig Kruckenberg, horticulture manager, will guide. Advance registration required and group size limited to 50. Visit Cantigny.org or call 630.260.8162. Meet at Cantigny Golf at 5:45 pm (27w270 Mack Road, Wheaton). Cost: $5; parking free.

Wednesday, July 19

Inchworms Parent-Child Program

Visitors Center, 9:30 to 10:15 am

Introduce your little one (ages 18-36 months) to nature through songs, simple crafts and outdoor exploration. The theme is “Vegetables.” Cost: $6; parking free. Register at Cantigny.org or 630.260.8162.

Thursday, July 20

Storytime in the Garden with West Chicago Public Library

Visitors Center, 10:30 to 11:30 am

Join the library staff to explore some favorite stories and other activities in Cantigny’s beautiful gardens. Contact Patrina Garza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Free program and parking fee waived for those who preregister with the library.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, July 20

Garden Photo Tips

Visitors Center, 6:30 pm

Receive advice from a skilled Cantigny Horticulture volunteer, share your own knowledge, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow shutterbugs in beautiful surroundings. Group size is limited—register at Cantigny.org or 630.260.8162. Free with parking ($5).

Friday, July 21

FIT4MOM Stroller Fitness

Visitors Center, 9:30 am

Young moms will enjoy this fun and beneficial 60-minute workout that includes cardio, strength and balance training. Expert fitness instructors and participants sing songs, play games and blow bubbles to keep the children engaged. First class is free. For more information or to register, visit www.dupagecounty.fit4mom.com.

FEATURED EVENT!

Friday, July 21

Family Night: Touch a Truck, Game Show Fun, Classic Cars & More!

Visitors Center, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

The park’s popular Friday Family Night series continues! Get close to a big rig and enjoy the music of country rocker Joe Kalish. Star in a game show too, competing with other families or friends in high-energy Versus or 5-minute rounds of Trivia Blitz, a game similar to Jeopardy. It’s also Cruise Night (bring your cool wheels) and stay for Movie in the Park (“Monster Trucks”) at 8:30 pm. Food trucks on site. Free with parking ($5).

Friday, July 21

Movie in the Park: “Monster Trucks”

Bandshell, 8:30 pm

Celebrate summer with a family movie night under the stars! Seating is on the grass by the red bandshell. Blankets, chairs and snacks welcome. Free with parking ($5).

July 21-23

American Indian Veterans Celebration

Bandshell

Spectators are welcome during this gathering of native veterans. Music, art, dance, guest speakers and award presentations are all part of this third-annual national event at Cantigny. For full details visit www.trickstergallery.com.

Sunday, July 23

Free Concert: Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers

Bandshell, 3 pm

Dwayne (Dopsie) Rubin plays a unique, high-energy style of zydeco and hails from one of the most influential zydeco families in the world. The singer, songwriter and accordionist has performed internationally and looks forward to his band’s Cantigny debut! Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with parking ($10).

Monday, July 24

Military Science: Rockets

First Division Museum, 1 to 3 pm

Students ages 11 to 14 are invited to learn about military rockets, experiment with basic principles of rocketry and launch different types of model rockets. Enjoy a rare opportunity to pick up a WWII “Super Bazooka,” a Vietnam era LAW and more modern rocket launchers. All participants will take home an Estes rocket. Cost: $15; parking free. Register at Cantigny.org or 630.260.8162.

 

 

Tuesday, July 25

Lecture: Dr. George Archibald

Visitors Center, 7:30 pm

The DuPage Birding Club and Cantigny Park are honored to host Dr. George Archibald, co-founder of the International Crane Foundation and known worldwide for his visionary leadership in conservation and his passion for the study and preservation of cranes. If you love birds, don’t miss this special appearance by a “rock star” in the global conservation community. Program and parking free.

FEATURED EVENT!

Thursday, July 27

McCormick Day

Parkwide, 12 to 5 pm

An afternoon of family fun is planned as the park celebrates the birthday of Cantigny benefactor Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955). Families will enjoy artistic crafts and programs that reflect the McCormick families love of painting and art collecting. We’ll have a cake cutting, too, so bring along your sweet tooth! The entire day is free, including parking—Cantigny’s annual “thank you” to the community.

Friday, July 28

Movie in the Park: “The Great Gilly Hopkins”

Bandshell, 8:30 pm

Celebrate summer with a family movie night under the stars! Seating is on the grass by the red bandshell. Blankets, chairs and snacks welcome. Free with parking ($5).

FEATURED EVENT!

Saturday, July 29

Sunday, July 30

Military Through the Ages Reenactment

Parade Field, 10 am to 4 pm

Witness a timeline reenactment featuring a wide span of military encampments throughout history, ranging from ancient Rome through Operation Desert Storm. Visitors will learn first-hand how soldiers lived and fought during different eras and see the progression of weapons, clothing and technology over time. The encampments, in chronological order, will facilitate self-guided walking tours, with living-history actors available to interpret and answer questions. Free with parking ($10).

Sunday, July 30

Free Family Concert: Laura Doherty & The Heartbeats

Bandshell, 12 pm

This award-winning band will acoustically rock your kid's world with their signature breezy folk-pop sound! Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with parking ($10).

Sunday, July 30

Concert: Rick “Elvis” Saucedo

Bandshell, 3 pm

See and hear the next best thing to the real Elvis when Cantigny-favorite Rick Saucedo brings his energetic stage show to the park! Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with parking ($10).

AUGUST

Tuesday, August 1

Tour: Rose Garden

Visitors Center, 11 am

Craig Myroup from Cantigny Horticulture will interpret and share one of the estate’s most popular attractions, the Rose Garden. The 12,000-square foot garden is home to more than 1,000 rose bushes of nearly 75 varieties. Free with parking ($5).

Wednesday, August 2

Inchworms Parent-Child Program

Visitors Center, 9:30 to 10:15 am

Introduce your little one (ages 18-36 months) to nature through songs, simple crafts and outdoor exploration. The theme is “Butterfly Beauties.” Cost: $6; parking free. Register at Cantigny.org or 630.260.8162.

Wednesday, August 2

Sprouts Parent-Child Program

Visitors Center, 10:45 to 11:45 am

Children ages 3 to 5 years are invited to explore seasonal nature topics through stories, hands-on activities, nature walks and crafts. The theme for this 3-session class is “Interesting Insects.” The one-hour class also meets August 9 and 16. Cost: $18; parking free. Register at Cantigny.org or 630.260.8162.

Wednesday, August 2

Date with History: “Elvis’s Army”

Visitors Center, 7:30 pm

Author Brian McAllister Linn will discuss “Elvis’s Army: Cold War GIs and the Atomic Battlefield.” Copies will be available for purchase and signing. Program and parking free. For more information, visit FirstDivisionMuseum.org or call 630.260.8187.

Friday, August 4

Military Science: Rockets

First Division Museum, 10 am to 12 pm

Students ages 11 to 14 are invited to learn about military rockets, experiment with basic principles of rocketry and launch different types of model rockets. Enjoy a rare opportunity to pick up a WWII “Super Bazooka,” a Vietnam era LAW and more modern rocket launchers. All participants will take home an Estes rocket. Cost: $15; parking free. Register at Cantigny.org or 630.260.8162.

Friday, August 4

Movie in the Park: “A Dog’s Purpose”

Bandshell, 8:30 pm

Celebrate summer (and the night before Dog Days at Cantigny) with a family movie night under the stars! Seating is on the grass by the red bandshell. Blankets, chairs and snacks welcome. Free with parking ($5).

FEATURED EVENT!

Saturday, August 5

Dog Days at Cantigny

Parade Field, 10 am to 4 pm

Bring your furry best friend and enjoy everything canine at this 9th annual event. Lots of special entertainment for all ages plus vendor exhibits and sales. All dogs must have current vaccination tags and be social with others. Free with parking ($10).

Sunday, August 6

Free Concert: The Special Consensus

Bandshell, 3 pm

A bluegrass original returns to Cantigny! This four-member acoustic band, formed in 1975, has performed on many national stages including the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Special C’s “Scratch Gravel Road” was nominated for Best Bluegrass Album at the 2012 Grammy Awards. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with parking ($10).

Monday, August 7

Cantigny Post 556 American Legion Pasta Dinner

Le Jardin at Cantigny Park, 4:30 to 8 pm

Cantigny Post 556 of the American Legion invites the community to a delicious fundraiser! Enjoy a wonderful all-you-can-eat pasta dinner with all the trimmings prepared by Cantigny’s award-winning culinary team. Cost: $10 per person or $3 for ages 4 and under. No reservations needed. Free parking.

Wednesday, August 9

Inchworms Parent-Child Program

Visitors Center, 9:30 to 10:15 am

Introduce your little one (ages 18-36 months) to nature through songs, simple crafts and outdoor exploration. The theme is “Hoppin’ Grasshoppers.” Cost: $6; parking free. Register at Cantigny.org or 630.260.8162.

Wednesday, August 9

The Spirited Botanist

Cantigny Allée, 6:30 pm

Enjoy a summer evening botanical cocktail in the gardens! Host Liz Omura from Cantigny Horticulture will demonstrate a cocktail (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic varieties) that features a fruit, vegetable, herb and/or edible flower as the main ingredient. This drink this evening will be the “Hibiscus Mojito Popsicle.” Advance registration required. Cost: $25. Parking free. Meet at the Visitors Center.

Thursday, August 10

Gardens Bike Tour

Visitors Center, 6:30 pm

Bob Carr and Chris Roberts from Cantigny Horticulture will escort visitors on a leisurely ride with plenty of stops at different areas of the gardens and other park attractions. Adults and children ages 8 and up welcome. Limit 15 people. Advance registration required at Cantigny.org or 630.260.8162. Free with parking ($5).

Friday, August 11

Movie in the Park: “La La Land”

Bandshell, 8:30 pm

Celebrate summer with a family movie night under the stars! Seating is on the grass by the red bandshell. Blankets, chairs and snacks welcome. Free with parking ($5).

Saturday, August 12

Second Saturday Family Program: Paper Making

Education Center, 12 to 3 pm

Families are invited to the McCormick House’s monthly drop-in program with interactive themes. Robert McCormick, Cantigny’s benefactor, made his fortune in the newspaper business. Come try your hand at making the raw material that he depended on! Paper making is fun but a little messy, so be prepared. Free with parking ($10).

Saturday, August 12

Free Concert: R Gang

Cantigny Bandshell, 3 pm

R-Gang specializes in R&B music from the Motown era through the 90’s. The band’s musical expertise and showmanship combine for exciting entertainment the whole family will enjoy. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with parking ($10).

FEATURED EVENT!

Saturday, August 12

French Picnic under the Stars

Parade Field, 6 to 11 pm

This new one-of-a-kind event comes on the eve of the park’s signature event, French Connection Day. Enjoy a French-theme picnic (available for pre-purchase), live music and stargazing. Bring your telescope or view the stars and planets through scopes provided by the Naperville Astronomical Society. If the sky is clear, this will be an ideal night to witness the Perseid Meteor Shower! Special Event parking applies at $15 per car. For more information and picnic orders, please visit Cantigny.org.

FEATURED EVENT!

Sunday, August 13

French Connection Day

Parade Field, 10 am to 4 pm

Enjoy a day-long festival of music, food, art and family fun as Cantigny celebrates everything France—all to commemorate the personal history of the park’s benefactor, Robert R. McCormick. (Cantigny is named after the small village north of Paris where Colonel McCormick fought in the Battle of Cantigny in 1918.) Enjoy music by Traveler’s Dream and take a photo with the park’s Eiffel Tower replica! Free with parking ($10).

Wednesday, August 16

Inchworms Parent-Child Program

Visitors Center, 9:30 to 10:15 am

Introduce your little one (ages 18-36 months) to nature through songs, simple crafts and outdoor exploration. The theme is “Buzzin’ Bees.” Cost: $6; parking free. Register at Cantigny.org or 630.260.8162.

Wednesday, August 16

FIT4MOM Stroller Fitness

Visitors Center, 9:30 am

Young moms will enjoy this fun and beneficial 60-minute workout that includes cardio, strength and balance training. Expert fitness instructors and participants sing songs, play games and blow bubbles to keep the children engaged. First class is free. For more information or to register, visit www.dupagecounty.fit4mom.com.

Thursday, August 17

Garden Photo Tips

Visitors Center, 5:30 pm

Receive advice from a skilled Cantigny Horticulture volunteer, share your own knowledge, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow shutterbugs in beautiful surroundings. Group size is limited—register at Cantigny.org or 630.260.8162. Free with parking ($5).

FEATURED EVENT!

Friday, August 18

Family Night: Music, Cars & T-Rex!

Visitors Center, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

The park’s popular Friday Family Night series continues! Enjoy a visit by T-Rexplorers and meet Ranger the T-Rex! Cantigny favorite Joe Kalish will provide the tunes on this final Cruise Night of the summer. Stay for Movie in the Park (“The Land Before Time”) at 8:30 pm. Food trucks on site. Free with parking ($5).

Friday, August 18

Movie in the Park: “The Land Before Time”

Bandshell, 8:30 pm

Celebrate summer with a family movie night under the stars! Seating is on the grass by the red bandshell. Blankets, chairs and snacks welcome. Free with parking ($5).

Sunday, August 20

Free Children’s Concert: Wendy & DB

Bandshell, 12 pm

Fun songs with positive lyrics are the hallmark of this award-winning twosome. Wendy & DB’s interactive children’s music show is perfect entertainment for kids and families! Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with parking ($10).

Sunday, August 20

Vintage Base Ball Game

Parade Field, 1 pm

Pull up a hay bale and witness “America’s Pastime” as it was played during Civil War times, under the rules of 1858. The DuPage Plowboys will take on the Sunset Hills Colonels from Indiana. Free with parking ($10).

Sunday, August 20

Concert: Denny Diamond

Bandshell, 3 pm

If you like the music of Neil Diamond, this performance is for you! Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with parking ($10).

Tuesday, August 22

Doodlebugs Art Class

Visitors Center, 1 to 2 pm

Drop off your child (ages 4-6) for an hour of creative exploration! The theme is “Playdate with Nature.” Class meets three consecutive days, concluding on August 24. Cost: $18; parking free. Register at Cantigny.org or call 630.260.8162

Friday, August 25

Movie in the Park: “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Bandshell, 8:30 pm

Celebrate summer with a family movie night under the stars! Seating is on the grass by the red bandshell. Blankets, chairs and snacks welcome. Free with parking ($5).

FEATURED EVENT!

Saturday, August 26

First Division Museum Grand Re-Opening

First Division Museum, 11 am to 5 pm

Cantigny’s world-class military museum reopens after nearly 10 months of redesign and renovation. See the new gallery dedicated to the 1st Infantry Division’s history since Vietnam and the unit’s current missions around the globe. Details at www.fdmuseum.org.

Sunday, August 27

Free Concert: Blooze Brothers

Bandshell, 3 pm

This choreographed 11-piece show band covers music from the ‘40s to today: Motown, Soul, R&B, Classic Rock, Swing and of course the music and crazy antics of the famous original Blues Brothers. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with parking ($10).

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About Cantigny Park
Cantigny Park, part of the Chicago-based Robert R. McCormick Foundations, is the 500-acre Wheaton estate of Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955). It is home to the McCormick House, First Division Museum, formal gardens, picnic grounds, walking trails and a Visitors Center with banquet and dining facilities. More information, including hours, directions and upcoming events is online at Cantigny.org. Cantigny Golf, adjacent to the park, features a 27-hole championship golf course, full-service clubhouse, Cantigny Golf Academy and the 9-hole Cantigny Youth Links. For more information, visit CantignyGolf.com.

Parking: Cantigny is pleased to offer free parking on the first Wednesday of every month. The park’s regular daily parking rate is $5 per car. On Saturdays and Sundays, May through September, parking is $10 per car. The $10 rate also applies on Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day. Parking is free for Cantigny Park members and Honor Club members. Parking also is free for those attending ticketed events or other fee-based programs.