Category: New Leaf Updates & Features

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Little Mermaid All Shined Up

Some things at Cantigny are simply iconic. The McCormick House north portico. The WWI “doughboy” outside the Visitors Center. The Dick Tracy bunker at Cantigny Golf. Another strong candidate for icon status is the mermaid statue in the mansion’s south...

/ March 24, 2020

War on Buckthorn!

A walk around the edges of the park this spring and summer could be a revealing experience. The look is a lot more open thanks to recent work by Cantigny Horticulture. Why the change? In a word, buckthorn. The invasive...

/ March 23, 2020

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