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French Picnic Under the Stars

Parade Field
Saturday, August 13
5:30 – 11 pm (park closes to general public at 5 pm)

Special event admission: $15 per car
Member pricing: $12 per car

For general information about this event, please call 630.260.8162.

This fun and laid-back event comes on the eve of the park’s signature event, French Connection Day. Enjoy a French-themed picnic (available for pre-purchase), live music by Eagles tribute band Heartache Tonight from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, and stargazing. The park’s 23-foot Eiffel Tower will be illuminated, adding a touch of Paris to the festivities. And from 6 to 8 pm, silhouette artist Cassidy Alexander will create a memory for you to take home! Supplement your picnic meal with treats from Chill’s Italian Ice, The Crumbummery, Kernel Dan’s Kettle Corn, Puffy Houzz, Bettina’s Coffee And Tea, Sweet Reserve Bakery, and High Rollers Ice Cream Rolls.

As darkness falls, view the stars and planets through your own telescope or one provided by the Naperville Astronomical Society (NAA) and Northwest Suburban Astronomers. Inside the Visitors Center, NAA will give a presentation on “Exploring the Universe: Visual Light, Spectroscopy, and the Webb Telescope” at 7:30 pm. Theater seating is first-come, first-serve.

SOLD OUT – Picnic Baskets

Pre-order through cantignygolf.com for pick-up at the Visitors Center

All baskets include:

  • Meat, cheese, and bread for two people
  • Plates, flatware, and basket

Baskets with wine include one selection of:

  • Bouchard Aîné & Fils Pinot Noir Rosé
  • Château Haut Peyruguet Rouge – Cabernet and Merlot Blend
  • Two wine glasses (disposable)


Basket without wine: $30
Basket with wine: $60