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 and Capacity
The 500-acre estate provides three facilities for events. At Cantigny Park, Le Jardin offers a breathtaking green space that is surrounded by serene formal gardens. This outdoor space provides a romantic location for weddings up to 200 guests. Here, couples can be surrounded by topiary sculptures, reflecting ponds, and statues. At Cantigny Golf, the Red Oak Room provides space that is suited to up to 140 guests. The room features views of the golf course and a soaring cathedral ceiling. Also at Cantigny Golf, opened in 2018, is the Woodside Pavilion. This space is a premium tented-style venue that accommodates parties of up to 250 guests.
Wedding specialists at Cantigny Park can work with clients to match wedding packages to couples’ preferences. On request, their team will provide custom linens and furniture to decorate an event. Couples will also enjoy a wide range of catering options, all available on site.
At Cantigny Park, couples can 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.
Originally the home and property of Robert R. McCormick, born in 1880, Cantigny Park was first used in the 1920s. It remained in the ownership of Robert until his death in 1955. Part of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Cantigny Park, and its associated nonprofit charity, are named after a small village in France. This village is where Colonel McCormick commanded an artillery battalion in 1918 during The Battle of Cantigny, which is recognized as America’s first victory in World War I. After his death in 1955, Robert R. McCormick's will established the Robert R. McCormick Charitable Trust. Cantigny was designated as a public space for education and recreation, officially opening in 1958. On its grounds, visitors can encounter The Robert R. McCormick Museum, The First Division Museum, Cantigny Gardens, and both the visitor and education center. There are also several walking trails and an expansive golf course.
64 Reviews for Cantigny Park
Recommended by 90% of couples
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Amy K. · Married on 05/15/2021
We were thrilled with our wedding day at Cantigny! We had our ceremony in the rose garden and it was gorgeous. The park and all of the gardens are so well maintained, so the ceremony area was beautiful, as well as the rest of the grounds for photos. Another perk about the park, is that we rented out one of their cottages for the day, for my girls and I to get ready in. It was so cute and comfortable, and was so great to get ready on site! Our reception was in the Woodside Pavilion at the golf course and we were so happy with the space! It's unique and private, the food was amazing! All of their staff, including the coordinators we worked with throughout the planning process and the serving/bartending staff on the wedding day were wonderful! The only thing to note if you decide to have your reception in the pavilion, the electrical is effected when it rains. On our day, it was raining off and on, and our DJ's equipment stopped working a handful of times/the music stopped. Things got back on track, but definitely something to keep in mind/ask about. And the bathrooms in the pavilion are nice, but there was a bit of an unpleasant smell as the end of the night approached. But in the grand scheme of things, we had a wonderful experience! Also, the majority of our planning was during the height of the pandemic, and the Cantigny staff could not have been more flexible and accommodating. They answered all of our questions promptly and gave us great vendor recommendations. We also loved how they pretty much provide everything; linens, chairs, catering, dessert. It's a great value for everything that's included. We highly recommend Cantigny!!Sent on 07/25/2021
Madison · Married on 10/12/2020
Reception turned out beautiful
We were working with them from out of state. But they were still SO accommodating and VERY responsive when it came to my many questions. Everything turned out so beautiful we couldn’t thank them enough!Sent on 11/05/2020
Nadia · Married on 08/23/2019
I had a bridal shower brunch at Cantigny Golf, specifically in the Red Oak II room. The staff were amazing—they were professional, personable, and incredibly accommodating. I primarily dealt with Lindsey, who is a sweetheart, and made my experience with Cantigny Golf a very special, pleasant one. The food was delicious—everyone raves about the brunch menu (particularly the salmon and sea bass). The weather was beautiful, which gave us the opportunity to use the adjoining outdoor patio area for stunning photos.Sent on 04/14/2019
The room was large for my group of 65 people, but still felt very intimate. We made use of the venue’s bookshelves by decorating with our own personal photos, and we were able to make the space our own.
Overall, I would absolutely recommend this venue for any occasion, big or small!
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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!!