Photo & Video Guidelines

We are delighted you are considering using Cantigny Park as the backdrop for your posed or portrait photography/video.

General Guidelines

We require all posed or portrait photographers to purchase a permit for their session(s), which is non-refundable and must be visible at all times. The permit does not include access to any buildings for the purpose of photography. Commercial photo, video and film shoots are permitted on the grounds, but must be arranged at least one week in advance of the shoot. Please contact Visitor Services for policies and fees at 630.668.5161.

Regular business continues during normal operating hours, so we ask that you please be courteous to our other guests. Some special events draw larger crowds so it is best to visit Cantigny.org for a complete list and be prepared. To ensure a positive experience for you while maintaining a pleasant experience for our many visitors, please be aware of the following rules and guidelines.

Purchase A Permit

 

Project New Leaf

Please note, due to Cantigny Park’s revitalization effort, there may be park areas noted on this webpage that are unavailable.  Please call ahead, plan accordingly, and be flexible.  Visit our Project New Leaf website for more information.

Photo Restrictions

Cantigny reserves the right to refuse admittance for photography/videography and/or change its photo policy without advance notice.
Do not block the access to building entrances, pathways, museums or garden areas.
Do not disturb or remove plants, plant labels, containers or park signage.
Please do not enter flowerbeds, plant displays or mulched areas. Remain on the pathways and grassy turf at all times.
Phone purchases require one (1) week advanced notice in order to allow enough time to mail.
No alcoholic beverages may be brought into Cantigny Park.
No animals or pets.
No drones allowed.
If you need a Hospitality Room, please contact 630.668.5161 for details.

Booked Bridal Parties

If you have booked your reception at Le Jardin or Red Oak Room or your ceremony at one of our ceremony sites, you are not required to purchase a permit for your photos.

Military Brides/Grooms

Active duty military brides/grooms may take pictures at no charge and receive complimentary parking for their car only. Other cars in the party are subject to fee. Proper identification is required. Thank you for your service.

Fees

Daily Fees

Standard (1–7 people): $35 per day
Large Group (8+ people): $100 per day

Annual Photo/Video Fees

Standard: $600
Large Group: $1200

(valid for 1 year from purchase)

Permits are available for purchase online, at the Parking Booth or the Cantigny Shop in the Visitors Center. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, cash or checks (made out to Cantigny.)

 

Parking

Regular parking fees will apply for each vehicle within the party. Vehicles may load and unload passengers in front of the main parking lot. After the whole party has been dropped off, the vehicles must park in the main parking lot.

Cantigny reserves the right to limit groups arriving within one hour of closing, which is at sunset.

Cantigny and Honor Club members will receive $5 or $10 off commercial vehicle fees based on the fee schedule for the day. ID & membership cards are required at time of purchase.

All Parking Fees
SeasonDaysFee
February – April
& October – December
Daily$5 per car
May – SeptemberMonday – Friday
Saturday – Sunday
$5 per car
$10 per car
March – December1st Wednesday of the MonthFree
Memorial Day
4th of July
Labor Day
Holidays$10 per car
Commercial VehiclesDaily$20 for Limousines
$40 for Mini Buses & Trolleys
$80 for Large Buses
Friendly Reminders

Upon Arrival

  • To avoid congestion inside the Visitors Center, please meet and collect your party outside of the building. Please do not congregate inside the building.

Common Meeting Areas

  • Lion of Cantigny Statue (In front of Visitors Center)
  • The Visitors Center backyard
  • A designated car in the parking lot
  • Meet at photo shoot location

We strongly advise you plan a pre-visit to scout locations before your shoot. Parking fees apply.

Photo Locations

  • Gold/Silver Pond
  • Tank Park
  • Arbor
  • East Lawn
  • Formal Gardens
  • Front of McCormick House
  • Idea Garden
  • McCormick House Staircase
  • Rose Garden
  • Reflecting Pools
  • Rock Garden
  • Fountain Garden

Please Note

  • There may be times when we must restrict access to some photo locations. Please be flexible.
  • Cantigny reserves the right to refuse admittance for photography/videography and/or change its photo policy without advance notice.
  • Access to photo locations may be restricted at Cantigny’s discretion.
  • Cantigny reserves the right to limit groups arriving within one hour of closing, which is at sunset.
  • Thank you for choosing Cantigny Park for your portraits. Your purchase helps support the park and its mission.