French Connection Day

Sunday, Aug 13th, 2017 by

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Date(s) - 08/13/2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cantigny Park

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On Sunday, August 13, Cantigny will host French Connection Day, a signature event now in its 10th year.


French Connection Day at Cantigny commemorates an important chapter in the life of Robert R. McCormick, Cantigny’s benefactor.  In 1918, at age 37, Colonel McCormick commanded an artillery unit in the Battle of Cantigny in France as a member of the U.S. Army’s First Division.  It was America’s first significant victory in World War I.  Upon returning to Wheaton, the Colonel renamed his estate after the tiny French village that he and his fellow soldiers helped liberate from German occupation.


In his will, McCormick (1880-1955) established Cantigny “as a public park and museum for the recreation, instruction and welfare of the people of the State of Illinois.” French Connection Day is a prime opportunity for families to enjoy the Colonel’s extraordinary 500-acre gift. Attractions and activities will include:

  • French Open Air Market by Bensidoun USA
  • Music by Traveler’s Dream
  • Can-Can dancers
  • Strolling mime, accordionist and vocalist
  • French food at Le Jardin restaurant
  • French yard game petanque (courtesy of Chicago Petanque Club)
  • Kids’ craft: Create your own portrait ($3)
  • Storytime with Madeline
  • Beer and wine garden
  • 23-foot Eiffel Tower!

French Connection Day is a free festival. Parking is $10 per vehicle. Event hours are 10 am to 4 pm.

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