Immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of France as we celebrate Cantigny Park’s special connection with the small village of Cantigny, France. Guests will discover not only the capital city of Paris, Provence, Normandy, and Hauts-de-France regions but also Illinois’s unique connection to French Voyagers.
We’re planning a fun, photogenic day with lots to do — a day filled with French sights, sounds and flavors! Stroll a French Open Air Market hosted by Bensidoun, where you can browse and purchase French-inspired products and foods. Peek over the shoulders of en plein air artists as they create stunning works of art in Cantigny’s gardens. Step into a photo station, where you can capture the essence of France in a picture-perfect moment. You can also experience the popular French game of pétanque and be entertained by our French street performers.
As we commemorate the 105th anniversary of the Battle of Cantigny, you can also learn about the experiences of American soldiers in France during the World War I battle with activities at the First Division Museum.