Park Guidelines

For your safety and enjoyment, please observe the following guidelines while visiting Cantigny.

Garden Fountain

We welcome you to enjoy the garden fountain, but please do not wear bathing suits or bring beach towels. This is not a splash pad.

Do not enter the Visitors Center or Le Jardin Restaurant wet. If you need to use a restroom, please visit the facilities at the Education Center.

Picnic Area

A large portion of the picnic area is closed during Project New Leaf, but we’ve added a coal receptacle and tables near the the Red Bandshell, so you may grill there. If you just want to enjoy a picnic without grilling, feel free to lay a blanket  in the Allee behind the McCormick Museum or in the Parade Field in front of the Visitors Center. 

  • Fifty picnic tables are available for your use and are not reservable for groups or corporate outings. Please visit our Outdoor Rentals page to learn more about our Park Pavilion rental for groups.
  • The tables are secured to the ground approximately 40-50 feet apart. You may bring additional tables.
  • If the picnic area is crowded, please refrain from saving tables.
  • Alcohol is prohibited on the grounds of Cantigny.
  • Grills are not provided by the park.  Personal grills may be used in the picnic area only.  Please refrain from placing the grill on the picnic table.
  • Radios are allowed, please keep volume low.
  • Catering services are not permitted in the picnic area.  However, you may bring catered foods into the park yourself.
  • Tents and canopies are not permitted in the picnic area.

 

Path Safety

There are many beautiful paths to discover, please refrain from picking flowers.  For safety purposes bicycling, roller blades, razor scooters, etc. are allowed in the parking lots only.  For your convenience, bicycle racks have been provided in the parking lots.

Pet Policy

In the interest of hygiene and public health, pets are not allowed on the park ground. This includes leaving them in your vehicle. Check our calendar for our annual Dog Days event in August.

Sporting Activities

For your safety and the safety of others, all sporting activities are restricted to the large meadow area south of the parking lot.

Nature Trail Safety

Our nature trail is open for hiking.  The wood chip trail is approximately 2 1/2 miles long and begins next to the tank park in front of the First Division Museum. Trail signs along the way highlight areas of interest and the following guidelines.

  • Stay on the right, pass on the left.
  • Be aware of wildlife both on and off the trail. Remember you are a visitor in their habitat.
  • Please do not feed the animals.
  • Practice “Leave no Trace.”  Take only memories, leave nothing behind.
  • To preserve the quiet and solitude of nature,  please refrain from making loud noises.
  • Be polite and courteous to fellow trail users.
  • Please do not collect plants or other natural elements and please leave animals alone.

 

Concealed Carry Firearms

Cantigny does not allow guests to carry concealed firearms on property.