Category: New Leaf Updates

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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

Project Overview

Project New Leaf, after years of planning, formally began in November 2016. That’s when we started the massive renovation and update of the First Division Museum. The project is currently in Phase One and will last about five years. It primarily involves the park...

/ August 8, 2017

Garden work accelerates

The successful completion of the First Division Museum and Tank Park triggered an immediate refocus on the gardens and landscape aspects of Project New Leaf. Some of this busy construction zone is visible from Roosevelt Road. The former Gold and Silver...

/ July 24, 2017

South Wetland

You may wonder what’s happening on the south side of the southernmost parking area, between the parking lot and the golf course. Glad you asked! Cantigny Park has a brand new wetland habitat, a constructed water detention basin tied to the pending...

/ July 24, 2017