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Price range: $12,200 - $16,950 Price range: $12,200 - $16,950
Couples usually spend $14,550 Couples usually spend $14,550
Reception
$9,000 starting price
Ceremony
$1,500 starting price
Reception
$4,500 starting price
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Located in Wheaton, Illinois, Cantigny Park and Cantigny Golf are prime wedding venues for couples in the Chicago area. To-be-weds can enjoy their special day among gardens or in a country club atmosphere. The former estate of Robert R. McCormick, Cantigny provides an idyllic backdrop for weddings and events of all kinds.

Facilities

The 500-acre estate offers three facilities for events. At Cantigny Park, Le Jardin, on the north end of the Visitors Center, is surrounded by serene display gardens. An outdoor patio provides a perfect spot for pre-dinner cocktails. The room itself accommodates up to 200 guests. At Cantigny Golf, the Red Oak Room provides space for up to 140. The room features panoramic views of the golf course and a soaring cathedral ceiling. Also at Cantigny Golf is the Woodside Pavilion. This space, opened in 2018, is a premium tented-style venue for parties of up to 250 guests.

Couples can choose from seven ceremony sites on property: South Grove, Rose Garden, Rock Garden, Prairie View, Red Oak Patio, Lakeside Patio and Woodside Garden. Each can become an elegant retreat with decor to suit your wedding theme.

Wedding parties and their guests will treasure their time at Cantigny, a scenic venue with numerous opportunities for stunning wedding photography and videography.

Services Offered

Wedding specialists at Cantigny work with clients to match wedding packages to couples’ preferences. On request, the team will provide custom linens and furniture to decorate an event. Couples also enjoy a wide range of catering options, all available on site.

Cuisine

At Cantigny, couples may design their own menu by choosing the entrees they love most. Choose from dishes like Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi, Tuscan Pork with apple mashed potatoes, Mediterranean Chicken, and more. The culinary team also provides a selection of hors d'oeuvres, late-night snacks, and bar options to wow wedding guests.

History

Cantigny was the home and property of Colonel Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955), long-time editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. McCormick’s passing established the Robert R. McCormick Charitable Trust, now called the McCormick Foundation, and Cantigny was designated as a public space for education and recreation. The park opened in 1958. Cantigny Golf opened in 1989.

Cantigny is named after a small village in France, where Colonel McCormick, serving with the Army’s First Division, commanded an artillery battalion in 1918 at the Battle of Cantigny. It was America’s first victory in World War I. The experience made such an impression on McCormikc that he renamed his Wheaton estate Cantigny when he returned from the Great War. The property was originally called Red Oaks Farm.

Today, Cantigny is home to many popular attractions: McCormick House, First Division Museum, display gardens, picnic grounds, walking trails, and a Visitors Center with a gift shop, theater, and café. Concerts, lectures, workshops, festivals and other special events take place on the grounds throughout the year. Adjacent to the park, Cantigny Golf features a 27-hole championship golf course, full-service clubhouse, Cantigny Golf Academy, and the 9-hole Cantigny Youth Links.

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Frequently asked questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

9,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

4,500

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1,500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)
Wedding Cake

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
House Liquor
House Wine
Open Bar

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

3

Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall
Country/Golf Club
Historic Building
Park

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner

What catering services do you offer?

Cocktail Reception
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Plated
Server(s)
Tastings

What event items are available?

Altar/Arch
Audio Equipment
Chairs
Dance Floor
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
November
December
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Reviews of Cantigny Park

4.6 out of 5 rating
4.6 out of 5 rating
74 Reviews
91% recommend it
  • Quality of service
    4.6 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    4.3 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.6 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.6 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.6 out of 5 rating
Weddingwire
4.6/5 74 reviews
Google
4.8/5 5055 reviews
Patti
Patti G. Sent on 11/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Guevara/Horan Wedding

Taylor, Emily, & Gina were amazing! They really helped make my vision a reality! All of them were incredibly helpful with everything.
Nicole
Nicole C. Sent on 08/28/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Taylor is incredible!

My husband and I have visited Cantigny Park many times in our lives. During one of our first dates, we happened to see a wedding happening on-site and thought, 'That's Cool!' Not realizing we would be doing the same thing several years later.

Since day one, Taylor at Cantigny Golf was WONDERFUL! She was so prepared with answers to all of our questions, helped inform details we would have never thought about, and was so kind and genuine in ensuring all our needs were met. She is a SUPERHUMAN as she juggled the most weddings this year while becoming a momma!

Her attention to detail provided us and our guests with peace of mind and SUCH A GOOD TIME. It's been two weeks since our wedding and people still keep asking us if we plan on having another event with them in the future.

Pamela, our server for the evening, was outstanding in attending to our needs and allowed us to have such a wonderful time with loved ones.

Small note for future brides: I wish there was a little more time dedicated with the Ceremony Specialists/Day-of Coordinator at Cantigny Park. There really wasn't much communication until the week before and it felt like I had to keep reaching out to touch base. Our DJ was even shocked when Gina mentioned, 'I forgot your wedding was coming up' during a meeting (which I'm certain was not literal or malicious - It just wasn't something I wanted to hear three weeks before our wedding.)

And shout out to the rest of the staff at the Red Oak Room and Cantigny Park for making the day so wonderful! Great FOOD and great SERVICE!

We cannot wait to celebrate our anniversaries by strolling through the same garden for years to come.
Emily
Emily Sent on 06/22/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A dream location!

Absolutely thrilled with our experience start to finish. A beautiful venue to start. The food and beverage team is easy to work with. Packages and pricing was fair for the excellent quality of it! We married in the rose garden and had our reception at the woodside pavilion-which are both stunning! All of our guests enjoyed themselves and said the kindest things about being happy to share our wedding day at Cantigny!
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Awards

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Real Weddings

Briana & Kyle
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Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements
TWA Photographic Artists TWA Photographic Artists Wedding Photographers

Chicago wedding photographers will all tell you the exact same thing when it comes to Cantigny: this venue has everything! Located in Wheaton IL, Cantigny Park is the perfect setting to create a unique and memorable wedding. The lavish gardens, each with a distinctive beauty, have been the setting for some of our favorite weddings. This expansive estate encompasses acres of beautiful gardens, colorful botanicals, and tranquil water features, creating an idyllic background for your most special day. From the Rose Garden to the South Grove, the allure and beauty of the estate is simply magnificent.

"I Do" Weddings with Rev. Phil Landers Wedding Officiants

Beautiful venue. Several options for outdoor weddings. My favorite is the East Lawn. A long, tiered aisle to walk down. Their sound system is stellar -- all the guests can hear what's being said. (That's not true for all outdoor venues.) Highly recommended.

Katherine Salvatori Photography Katherine Salvatori Photography Wedding Photographers

We absolutely love working at Cantigny Park!! Over and over again it provides amazing views no matter what the season, along with an exceptional staff at each wedding we do. I couldn't recommend it enough!!

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Cantigny Park frequently asked questions

Cantigny Park includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables
Cantigny Park includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)
  • Wedding Cake
The bar service starting price at Cantigny Park includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine
  • Open Bar
The space offered by Cantigny Park for wedding events is known for:
  • Banquet Hall
  • Country/Golf Club
  • Historic Building
  • Park
Cantigny Park offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Cantigny Park offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner
Cantigny Park offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
Cantigny Park offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Altar/Arch
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Tables
Cantigny Park is recommended by 91% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.6 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.6 in quality of service, 4.6 in flexibility, 4.6 in professionalism, 4.6 in value and 4.3 in average response time.

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