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July Events at Cantigny Park

Jun 21, 2019 01:47PM ● By Hannah Ott

Wheaton - The following activities will take place at Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Road in Wheaton during the month of July. Additional details are online at Cantigny.org or can be found by calling 630-668-5161.

Tuesday, July 2

Tour: Hosta Garden

Visitors Center, 11am

Cantigny and the Northern Illinois Hosta Society have created an impressive landscape with more than 300 hosta varieties. Newly installed pathways of crushed stone guide visitors through the plantings. Tour departs from Visitors Center at 11am. Free with parking ($5).

FEATURED EVENT

Thursday, July 4

Free Concert: Southwest Community Concert Band

First Division Museum Plaza, 3pm

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

Friday, July 5

Sounds of Summer: Luciano Antonio

Cantigny Golf, 6pm

Enjoy Brazilian and Latin jazz on the clubhouse patio. No cover charge, free parking. Cantigny Golf is located at 27w270 Mack Road in Wheaton.

Friday, July 5

Movie in the Park: “Top Gun”

Bandshell, 8:30pm

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 6

College of DuPage Theater: “Can You See Me?”

Bandshell, 12pm

Students from the College of DuPage McAninch Arts Center present a story for all ages about a “pretend character” who is lost and goes on an extraordinary journey finding out what it means to be important, included and REAL. Bring your imagination and participate in a “no-shushing” hour of fun. Lawn seating; chairs, blankets and picnics welcome. Free with parking ($10).

Sunday, July 7

Free Concert: Special Consensus

Bandshell, 3pm

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. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with parking ($10).

Tuesday, July 9

Music Together Summer Sing-A-Long

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

This is the first of four classes meeting on Tuesdays through July 30. 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; discount for siblings. Parking included. Register at Cantigny.org or 630-260-8162.

Wednesday, July 10

Military Science: Rockets

First Division Museum, 10am to 12pm

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. Participants take home an Estes rocket. Cost: $17; parking free. Register at Cantigny.org or 630-260-8162.

Wednesday, July 10

Garden Photo Tips

Visitors Center, 6:30pm

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 12

Storytime in the Garden with Winfield Public Library

Visitors Center, 10:30am

Join the library staff to explore some favorite stories and other activities in Cantigny’s beautiful gardens. Free program; parking fee waived for those who present a pass, available in advance at the library’s Youth Services desk. Regular parking $5.

FEATURED EVENT

Friday, July 12

Tour: Cool Story BRO

First Division Museum, 7pm

Experience the First Division Museum—and BRO, the “Big Red One”—in an entirely new way! Enjoy an unconventional tour and listen to some crazy unbelievable stories as you sip a craft beer or two. Museum guides will fearlessly lead you through some of their favorite stories, artifacts, Instagram-worthy spots and games with prizes. Advance registration required via fdmuseum.org or call 630-260-8183. Cost: $15; parking free. Must be 21 to attend.

Friday, July 12

Movie in the Park: “Coco”

Bandshell, 8:30pm

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 13

Second Saturday Family Program: Kid-Friendly Aviation

Visitors Center, 12 to 3pm

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.

FEATURED EVENT

Sunday, July 14

Vintage Base Ball Festival

Parade Field, 11am to 4pm

Enjoy a few hours of America’s pastime as it was played more than 100 years ago! The rules of 1858 apply as the DuPage Plowboys, and eight other vintage “base ball” clubs from throughout the Midwest compete in the Cantigny Red Oaks Festival. Free with parking ($10).

Sunday, July 14

Free Concert: Mike & Joe

Bandshell, 3pm

These rockers are widely regarded as one of the very best sounding cover bands in the nation. Mike & Joe’s diverse setlist spans the 1970s through today. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with parking ($10).

Monday, July 15

Camp Cantigny

9am to 12pm (5 days)

Kids entering grades 2 to 5 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 19. Cost $105. Parking free. Register at Cantigny.org or 630-260-8162.

Monday, July 15

Golf Course Cart Tour

Cantigny Golf, 6:15pm

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 guided tour focusing on flowerbeds, restored natural areas, majestic trees and more. Advance registration required, and group size limited to 50. Visit Cantigny.org or call 630-260-8162. Cantigny Golf is located at 27w270 Mack Road in Wheaton. Cost: $5; parking free.

Wednesday, July 17

FIT4MOM Stroller Fitness

Visitors Center, 9:30am

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

Wednesday, July 17

Gardens Bike Tour

Visitors Center, 6:30pm

Avid cyclists from Cantigny Horticulture will escort visitors on a leisurely ride with stops at different areas of the gardens and other park attractions. Adults and children ages 10 and up welcome. Group size is limited. Advance registration required at Cantigny.org or 630-260-8162. Free with parking ($5).

Thursday, July 18

Storytime in the Garden with West Chicago Public Library

Visitors Center, 10:30am

Join the library staff to explore some favorite stories and other activities in Cantigny’s beautiful gardens. Free program; parking fee waived for those who present a pass, available in advance at the library’s Youth Services desk. Regular parking $5.

Thursday, July 18

Lunch & Learn: Choosing the Right Plants

McCormick House, 12 to 1pm

Liz Omura from Cantigny Horticulture will discuss how to plant your garden for success. Bring a sack lunch if you wish. To register call 630-260-8162. Free with parking ($5).

Thursday, July 18

Garden Walk on the Wild Side

Visitors Center, 1pm

New for 2019, this tour by Cantigny Horticulture takes place monthly through October, on the third Thursday. Staff members will choose personal favorite plants and share information about them—a bit of science, growing advice and perhaps a fun fact. Register at Cantigny.org or 630-260-8162. Free with parking ($5).

Thursday, July 18

Summer Evening Stroll

Visitors Center, 6pm

Enjoy a one-hour summer garden tour, conducted by the park’s Master Gardener docents. Walk begins at the Visitors Center. Free with paid parking ($5).

Thursday, July 18

Civic Awareness Series: 2020 Illinois Census

McCormick House, 7pm

Martina Hone, chief impact officer, YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, speaks to the potential effect that the 2020 Census may exert on future government policies. This continues a series presented by Cantigny’s Robert R. McCormick House and the League of Women Voters of Wheaton. Program and parking are free but advance registration is required due to limited seating. Register at cantigny.org.

FEATURED EVENT

Friday, July 19

Family Fun Night: Reptiles & “The Millennials” in Concert

Bandshell, 5 to 10pm

The park’s popular Friday Family Night series continues! Enjoy classic rock-n-roll music by The Millennials and get up close and personal with visiting creatures from Friends of Scales Reptile Rescue. Stay for Movie in the Park, too: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” starts at 8:30pm. Food trucks on site. Free with parking ($5).

Friday, July 19

Movie in the Park: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Bandshell, 8:30pm

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 20

Magical Unicorn Brunch

Le Jardin at Cantigny Park, 8:30am

Gallop over to Cantigny for an enchanted morning with the Unicorn Princess! The whole family will enjoy a dream-themed buffet with traditional brunch favorites. Our mystical princess will entertain your little ones with a performance, story time and photos. Adults (13 & up): $32; Children (4-12): $20; ages 3 & under: $5. Parking free. Register at Cantigny.org.

Sunday, July 21

68th Annual Vintage Car Show

South Parking Lot, 7am to 1pm

The Illinois Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America presents one of the nation’s longest-running antique car shows. Free with parking ($10).

Sunday, July 21

Free Concert: Denny Diamond

Bandshell, 3pm

Neil Diamond fans, this one’s for you! Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with parking ($10).

Monday, July 22

Tea Time Social

Rose Garden, 11am to 12:30pm

Tea Time Socials (teatimesocials.com) presents a fairies and gnomes inspired party for ages 4 to 9. The program includes an assortment of finger sandwiches and petite pastries accompanied by tea or lemonade. Children will learn etiquette, manners and kindness in a fun environment. An activity follows the meal. Cost: $39 per child (less for siblings). Parking free. Register at Cantigny.org or 630-260-8162.

Monday, July 22

Afternoon Tea

McCormick House, 2pm

Adults can enjoy a taste of English civilized society inside the McCormick mansion’s stately Freedom Hall. The menu includes finger sandwiches, smoked salmon canape, scones, petit fours and, of course, a variety of gourmet loose leaf tea. Cost: $35. Parking free. Register at Cantigny.org or 630-260-8162.

FEATURED EVENT

Thursday, July 25

McCormick Day 2019

Parkwide, 12 to 4pm

An afternoon of family fun is planned as the park celebrates the birthday of Cantigny benefactor Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955). In honor of Colonel McCormick’s military service, guests can enjoy Army-themed crafts, programs and activities. 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.

Thursday, July 25

The Spirited Botanist

East Porch, McCormick House, 6:30pm

Enjoy a botanical refreshment at the former home of Robert R. McCormick. Liz Omura from Cantigny Horticulture will demonstrate a cocktail (alcoholic and non-alcoholic varieties) containing a fruit, vegetable, herb and/or edible flower as the main ingredient. The specially concocted drink will be served with a complementing appetizer. $25 per person, parking included. Register at Cantigny.org or 630-260-8162.

Friday, July 26

Movie in the Park: “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”

Bandshell, 8:30pm

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 27

Sunday, July 28

American Indian Veterans Celebration

Parade Field

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

FEATURED EVENT

Saturday, July 27

Sunday, July 28

Military Through the Ages

Polo Field, 10am to 4pm

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 28

Free Concert: Rico

Bandshell, 3pm

Influenced by the sound and spirit of Santana, Rico presents a rich blend of musical cultures using bass, congas, percussion, timbales, keyboards and guitars—a fiery and soulful show not to be missed! Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. Free with paid parking ($10).

Monday, July 29

McCormick House Lecture Series: Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair

McCormick House, 6:30pm

William Hazelgrove will discuss his book, “Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair: The End of the Gangster Era in Chicago,” set during the darkest days of the Great Depression. Free program but advance registration is required due to limited seating. Call 630-260-8162 or email register@cantigny.org. Parking is $5.

FEATURED EVENT

Tuesday, July 30

Hedda! A Musical Conversation

McCormick House, 6:30pm

Jillann Gabrielle presents an original one-woman musical based on the life and times of Hedda Hopper (1885-1966), the iconic Hollywood gossip columnist, actress and political pundit. $10 cost includes parking. Register at Cantigny.org.


Source: Jeff Reiter jreiter@mccormickfoundation.org