All posts by Jeff Reiter

Project Update, Fall 2019

The goal of Project New Leaf has always been to preserve and enhance Cantigny Park for current and future generations of visitors. We’ve made significant progress toward that objective in 2019 during Phase II. Also this year, Cantigny guests enjoyed...

/ November 18, 2019

A New Home for “Spirit of Commitment”

During Phase I of Project New Leaf, the “Lion of Cantigny” statue outside the Cantigny Visitors Center took a sky ride, hanging from a cable en route to a new location as part of the front plaza renovation. According to...

/ August 22, 2019

Project Update, Summer 2019

Project New Leaf entered Phase II last spring and it’s been a busy summer of progress. Of course, if you’ve been to the park lately, you may have noticed that progress is not always pretty! Portions of the east side...

/ August 16, 2019

Expanded Hosta Garden Now Open

Cantigny Park’s newly designed and expanded hosta garden, a collaboration with the Northern Illinois Hosta Society, is open! A ribbon-cutting for the garden took place on July 12 and included a talk by renowned hosta expert and author Mark Zilis....

/ August 15, 2019

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