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Cantigny Adds New Programming for 65th Summer Season

Park aims to enhance guest experience while honoring veterans, community, and culture.
Wheaton, IL, May 1, 2023 – Heading into its 65th summer, Cantigny Park is adding new programming, enhancing the visitor experience, and honoring service and community through various events and partnerships.
New on the calendar are outdoor evening programs for adults and families Wednesdays through Fridays; the most live music in Cantigny’s history with an improved sound system; and extended park hours until 10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Signature Events. Summer 2023 also will feature three premier events for visitors to enjoy:

Sunday, June 18
Five acts, two stages and 10 wine sampling stations surrounded by Cantigny’s beautiful gardens. Our partner and Media Sponsor for this exciting first-time event is College of DuPage jazz station WDCB-FM. Sunday, July 16
Celebrating Cantigny’s unique connection with France on a day filled with French sights, sounds and flavors. Saturday, August 12
Nostalgic adult fun night with live music, fluorescent cocktails, glow-in-the-dark games and more!
“This summer we’re making Cantigny come alive after a five-year multi-million-dollar renovation,” said Tim Knight, president and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. Our new programming will enliven the gardens and green spaces with music, refreshments, and plenty of family-friendly activities. We are also excited for visitors to see how enchanting the park is at night with the new lighting, pathways, and revitalized grounds.”
Salute to Service. Cantigny is proud to honor America, our veterans, and those currently serving in the military. Upcoming events and programs include:  
Cantigny Spring Fling & Market. On Saturday, May 13, flower and garden fans can celebrate spring with greenhouse tours and a festival outside the greenhouse featuring live music, yard games, and food trucks. The day also calls for a vendor marketplace with local, hand-crafted goods in the Visitors Center and tours in the gardens.
Summer Concerts. The park is hosting 19 weekend and holiday concerts starting May 28, all listed on the calendar. A limited number of Concert Season Passes are available at a discounted price. New this year, guests may purchase daily park admissions and special event tickets in advance.
“The online purchase option will save time at the front gate and guarantee a parking space on the summer’s busiest days,” said Matt LaFond, Cantigny Park executive director.
Summer Nights. Special programming every Thursday evening begins on June 8. Each week will have a focal event or theme, such as Bark in the Park, a Shakespeare play, and Music in the Gardens.
Moonlit Movies. Some things are more fun outside! Families know that Friday nights are movie time at Cantigny, and this summer the park debuts a 40-foot inflatable screen, pre-show live music, and expanded food and beverage concessions.
To plan a visit, view pricing, and purchase daily admission or special event tickets, go to The website also features a full schedule of upcoming events, plus details about the new signature events such as Jazz and Wine Fest.
To join Cantigny’s email list, please visit To receive event updates via text message, text PARK to 331.200.4773. Those who prefer notifications only about concerts can text MUSIC to the same number.

About Cantigny
Cantigny, in Wheaton, Illinois, is the 500-acre estate of Colonel Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955), long-time editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune, and founder of the Chicago-based Robert R. McCormick Foundation. It is home to gardens, walking trails, a museum dedicated to the 1st Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, a highly ranked 27-hole public golf course and a golf academy for all ages and ability levels. More information is online at, including hours, admission fees and upcoming events. 

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