McCormick House

A historic house museum that depicts the country home of a family that made the Chicago Tribune the “World’s Greatest Newspaper.” 

McCormick House is currently closed in preparation for a major interior and exterior renovation – Phase III of Project New Leaf. The work is expected to begin in October and continue throughout 2021. The house will reopen in 2022. We will share details about the renovation when they are finalized.

The Mission

​​The mission of the Robert R. McCormick Museum is to preserve, manage and restore Robert R. McCormick’s Cantigny home and to tell his story through a robust program of educational services that connect his life and legacy to the modern world.​

Our Vision

The Robert R. McCormick Museum will be the recognized authority on the life of Robert R. McCormick and his impact on politics, media, First Amendment issues, industry, philanthropy and patriotism. The museum will also be a distinctive leader in museum practice within the Historic House Museum community.​​

Statement of Purpose

​The Robert R. McCormick Museum’s purpose is to fulfill specific terms of McCormick’s will by promoting knowledge and appreciation of Robert R. McCormick through community outreach and informative, interactive tours, programs and activities related to the life and legacy of Robert R. McCormick and his family.

Historical Overview

Built in 1896 by Joseph Medill, the house and grounds, known as Red Oak Farm, first passed to Joseph’s daughter Katherine and then to her youngest son, Robert Rutherford.

Robert and his first wife Amy used the house first as a summer home and later as their permanent residence. They renamed the estate “Cantigny” to honor the French village where Robert served with the First Division in World War I.

By the 1930s, Robert turned the Cantigny estate into the Tribune Experimental Farms where 1000 acres were devoted to testing a wide variety of crops and animals. A regular column, “Day by Day on the Farm,” ran in the Chicago Tribune and reported on ongoing farm operations. Farming operations ceased after Robert’s death in 1955 and Cantigny opened as a public park and museum in 1958.