Shop Small Day 179: Cantigny Park & Museum

Although Cantigny isn’t a store, I thought it was fitting for the Independence Day holiday weekend. Since it’s a gorgeous weekend, take some time to explore the grounds.

imageIn addition to impeccable gardens, Cantigny Park houses two museums: Robert R. McCormick and First Division.

imageTrying to remember who Robert R. McCormick was?

Born in 1880, he served in the First Infantry in WWI, then took over a little newspaper which grew slightly since 1920…the Chicago Tribune.

After his death in 1995, the Robert R. McCormick Charitable Trust (today called Foundation) was established. Thus naming his home, Cantigny, as a public park known today as the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, which established Cantigny as a public park with a commitment to education.

In honor of all of our First Division Infantry, the second museum on the grounds is dedicated to them. This is no boring lesson, though, it feels more like a walk through history. Full scale exhibits & collections.

The kids, however, always love climbing on some of the tanks (some are off limits).

They have a per-car entrance fee, but if you’re a member of your local library, you can often get a free pass through the Museum Adventure Pass.

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Cantigny Park Gardens & Museums
1 S 151 Winfield Rd.
Wheaton, IL

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