All posts by Jeff Reiter

Project New Leaf Featured in Photo Contest Entries

The top 20 images from the 2018 Cantigny in Focus amateur photography contest are now displayed inside the Visitors Center, awaiting your votes. It’s a particularly strong class, and three of the chosen pics feature completed elements of Project New...

/ April 29, 2019

Project Update, Spring 2019

The first phase of Project New Leaf officially concluded in February with the opening of our new restrooms and visitor information building located on the Oak Colonnade, near the First Division Museum. The facility is a much-needed addition to the...

/ April 24, 2019

Back to the Fountain Future

The Fountain Garden behind the Visitors Center has long been a favorite spot for Cantigny guests. This will surely remain the case after Phase II renovations are completed in 2020. Renowned landscape architect Franz Lipp created the Cantigny Gardens in...

/ April 23, 2019

Project Update, Fall 2018

This fall we’re putting the finishing touches on the first phase of Project New Leaf, our five-year revitalization plan for Cantigny Park. It’s been a year of steady progress. Even with construction during most of 2018, Park attendance is up...

/ November 7, 2018

Meet the Oaks

Cantigny Park’s Oak Colonnade, a key part of Project New Leaf, is complete. The new pedestrian walkways and civic scale allée of oak trees at the front of the park will serve as a dramatic and unifying landscape element for...

/ November 6, 2018

Elevating the Guest Experience

A year ago, naming the highest point on Cantigny’s 500 acres might have been a puzzler. Now there is no question: It’s Butterfly Hill, the newly created overlook at the south end of the Oak Colonnade. At approximately 800 feet...

/ November 1, 2018

Coming Soon: More Parking!

Good news: Cantigny is about to have a lot more parking capacity. The south lot, to your right as you enter the park from Winfield Road, will soon offer 350 additional spaces. This represents a 30% increase in total parking...

/ August 15, 2018

Project Update, Summer 2018

We are in the “home stretch” of Project New Leaf’s Phase One, with completion scheduled for this fall. Your patience is appreciated as we improve the park for you and for future generations of Cantigny visitors. It’s always good news...

/ August 10, 2018

Standing Guard, Without a Scratch

For nearly a decade, the bronze Lion of Cantigny has kept watch outside the Visitors Center. The WWI “doughboy” soldier by sculptor Stephen Spears was dedicated on Veterans Day, November 11, 2008. During construction of the Arrival Plaza, a key...

/ August 9, 2018

Canoes or Battleships?

Parks visitors may notice that the new flower beds in the soon-to-be-completed Oak Colonnade have a distinctive shape. The beds are generally known as “canoes” among Cantigny staff members, especially those in Horticulture. To others, once planted, they resemble battleships....

/ August 8, 2018