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Cantigny Park

One of several tanks in front of military exhibit

Cantigny Park Review

The 500 acres of this estate offer multiple attractions: an impressive military history museum with immersive exhibits (including touch-screen videos and re-created battle scenes), sprawling grounds with formal gardens, and its own 27-hole public golf course with separate youth links. The centerpiece, however, is the Beaux Arts–style Col. Robert R. McCormick Museum. Built for the former Chicago Tribune owner, the 35-room mansion features the Joseph Medill Library, the stately wood-paneled Freedom Hall, and an Art Deco movie theater in the basement. The hidden Prohibition-era bar alone is worth a visit—we won't ruin the surprise by revealing where it is.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton, IL, 60189 | Map It
  • Phone: 630/668–5161
  • Cost: $5 per car when museums open, $2 when museums closed
  • Hours: Feb., Fri.–Sun. 9–sunset; Mar.–Apr. and Nov.–Dec., daily 9–sunset; May–Oct., daily 7–sunset
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  • Location: Wheaton
Updated: 06-11-2013

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