Voyage en France
Sunday, July 16
10 am – 4 pm
(Cantigny will be accessible only to event attendees)
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 Picardy 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.
With something for everyone, Voyage en France promises to be a captivating and educational experience for the whole family. Vive la France!
Event Locations & Schedule
Madeline Story Time: Fountain Garden, 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm
Zazz: Allée, 11 am, 1pm, 3 pm
Can Can Chicago: Allée, 12 pm, 2pm
VIP Culinary Experience: Prairie View, 1-3 pm
French Heritage Society Lecture: Visitors Center, 3 pm
Food & Beverage Add-ons
VIP Culinary Experience, $75
Indulge in an extraordinary culinary journey that transports you to the refined tastes and sips of France’s most esteemed regions. Nestled within the enchanting Prairie View Garden, a hidden oasis of tranquility, an exclusive VIP wine and food tasting awaits discerning palates. Savor an exquisite selection of carefully curated wines, each harmoniously paired with a delectable French delicacy. Immerse yourself in this refined soirée, an exclusive ticket to the heights of gustatory pleasure.
Limited availability, $75 per person. Join us in the Prairie View Garden from 1-3pm for an unforgettable experience.
SOLD OUT – Artisanal Picnic for Two, $60
Indulge in an exquisite blend of tasty delights with our Artisanal Picnic for Two. At the heart of this exclusive offering, is a 9″ x 9″ bamboo charcuterie box meticulously crafted by Chi-cuterie of Geneva, IL.
Inside, you’ll discover a locally curated collection of three artisanal cheeses, two delectable meats, a selection of crispy crackers, and a jar of luscious jam. Complementing these savory bites are fresh, seasonal fruits, a medley of nuts, edible flowers, and other goodies, adding a touch of sweetness and crunch. This thoughtfully arranged box is a hearty meal for two people, making it perfect for sharing.
But the indulgence doesn’t stop there. Our Artisanal Picnic also includes a refreshing French Bistro Salad, prepared by Cantigny’s culinary team. This salad adds a burst of freshness to your gourmet experience. To complete your ensemble, we’ve included two bottles of water, ensuring that you stay hydrated throughout your adventure.
Order your Artisanal Picnic for Two, packed in a Cantigny insulated tote bag, and go on a sensory journey you won’t soon forget.
Contains nuts, dairy, and gluten. No substitutions.
Discover Chi-cuterie, a culinary haven located at 321 Franklin in Geneva, IL, where owners Michelle and Robert Parker curate the finest locally sourced meats, cheeses, honey, jam, and more to offer dine-in or to-go boxes (check out the beautiful patio), legacy boards of various sizes, handpacked bags and baskets for a special picnic or party and other creatively designed charcuterie options for your next gathering as well as a beverage menu, fabulous gifts, and exciting events. Chi-cuterie, taste the heart of Chicago.
Visit the Cantigny Outpost at this event and the Visitors Center for exclusive Cantigny-logo items and other fun merchandise!