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Cantigny Park, Wheaton

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Military Museum Historic Site
Explore the grounds of Colonel Robert McCormick's 12 hectare (30 acre) estate at Cantigny Park. Upon his death in 1955, the World War I veteran's estate was donated to the McCormick Foundation for use as a public facility. Park your car for a small fee and gain access to a wide variety of indoor, outdoor, and educational activities. Watch the short welcome video inside the visitor center to learn more about the park's history and its current features. Stroll through the gardens containing over 160,000 perennials, annuals, trees, and flowering shrubs, as well as a world-class rose garden. Head to the tank park to view the large collection of armored vehicles dating from World War I to present day. Finally, try out the estate's 27-hole golf course, or visit one of the two museums. Go for a hike or grab a bite to eat at the restaurant on-site. To visit Cantigny Park and other attractions in Wheaton, use our Wheaton vacation generator.
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  • Came here for "French Connection Day"; had no idea what to expect. They had a French Market, strolling musicians, wine, storytelling and of course crepes. Beyond the special event, the park is just pl...  more »
  • A day at Cantigny is full and well spent. A beautiful walk through the gardens, tour an old home, visit an excellent war museium, or enjoy an outdoor concert. There are so many events to experience. W...  more »
  • Built by the family of Tycoon of the press of Chicago in the last century. Pity that the military museum is closed for renovation. Beautiful park.
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  • We went here in the Fall. It was so beautiful! The trees were changing colors and they had all the Fall/Halloween decorations out. It was a great place to take photos. The historical park of the park is interesting and a surprise for us. We enjoyed walking through the building and learning about the tanks and other war related items. The gardens are very nice and calming. Take a book and a blanket and just relax. There isn't a lot to do for children per say. Inside the park there isn't any real park or area where children can play it is mostly a nature walking activity. We really enjoyed out visit and plan to return in the Spring for another look at the park.
  • I love history [Robert McCormick] and beautiful gardens. They also have a museum for the big red 1. A field of tanks ( right now they are renewing some of the grounds and the museum. The mansion is open and it's beautiful.
  • We come here once or twice a year for their Vintage Baseball tournaments. Beautiful grounds and history museum make for a great afternoon. You gotta at least have an ice cream at their coffee bar, too.
  • This is very amazing. They have tanks, gardens, museum and much more. They also have very fun events for all. It's a great place to learn about the history of the area and the 2nd world war.
  • Tour the Gardens, Mansion, & Museum, & Climb the Tanks! Cantigny is one of our favorite parks with acres of beautiful gardens, the McCormick Mansion, the extraordinary Big Red One First Division US Army Military Museum, and dozens of tanks and vehicles you can climb. All of this only costs $10 a carload! We love the manicured park and gardens and the wide variety of flowers and trees. (See photos.) The stunning 35-room mansion was the home of Colonel Robert McCormick, former Chicago Tribune publisher. The Mansion is open most days for tours. It was cool seeing where scenes from Tom Hank’s "A League of Their Own" were shot. The Museum exhibits are fun and are being updated but your kids may just want to spend the day playing on the tanks. (More photos!) Plus there is a golf course, another museum, playgrounds, a gift shop and restaurant. Secret: Scout Troops or Packs can still camp here each weekend! So much to explore. Cantigny is usually open daily except in January and is about 30 miles west of Chicago.

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