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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Taylor is incredible!
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.
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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.
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.
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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