Category: New Leaf Updates

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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

Project Update, Spring 2018

We are well into the second full year of Project New Leaf and there is much to report. Thanks for your patience as we improve the park. Naturally we devoted the winter months to indoor work, primarily an extensive remodeling...

/ May 4, 2018

Red Oaks Farm Playground

We’re in the final stages of construction for the Red Oaks Farm playground, located in the picnic area. A Memorial Day weekend opening is anticipated, weather permitting. The playground’s name recalls the rich history of Cantigny. When Joseph Medill purchased...

/ May 4, 2018

Golf Course Update

When Project New Leaf began in late 2016, we said the golf course would not be affected. Last spring, however, complications regarding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ jurisdiction of wetlands along Woodside No. 2 stream led to a decision...

/ May 3, 2018

Work Begins on Visitors Center

If you’ve visited the park recently you probably noticed some new construction activity in and around the Visitors Center. Here’s a summary of what’s going on. Just after Veterans Day, work began on a new entrance vestibule for Le Jardin,...

/ December 13, 2017

2017: A Year of Transformation     

Just over a year ago, we announced major revitalization plans for Cantigny, the former home of Robert R. McCormick in Wheaton. We didn’t have a name for our project at the time, only big plans for the estate’s gardens, grounds...

/ November 9, 2017

Butterfly Hill

Something funny happened after Project New Leaf got underway last spring. A small mountain was born. As the Ecological Pond Garden was being created, surplus soil was relocated from the gardens to the area just south and west of the...

/ September 7, 2017

Progress in the park

A very busy summer officially changed to fall amid record-high temperatures and a continuing high activity level for Project New Leaf.  Calm and dry weather has definitely worked in Cantigny’s favor during Phase One. Our top priority in August was...

/ August 29, 2017