2021 Member Events & Programs

Cantigny members get exclusive access to special events and programs. The full schedule will be revealed this spring! Email members@cantigny.org to register for these events.


Idea Garden Sneak Peak & Greenhouse Summer Crop Preview

Member Event
Tuesday, May 4
4pm & 5:15pm
Individual Members – 2 attendees total
Plus Members – 4 attendees total

Get a sneak peek of the Idea Garden’s new design and a behind the scenes tour of the Greenhouse’s beautiful flowers before they go into the gardens for summer. Scott Witte will lead a 30-minute tour of the Idea Garden renovation. Bob Carr will lead a 30-minute tour of the greenhouse. After a brief hike to the next location groups will switch and see the opposite tour. Refreshments will be served to give you energy for this evening stroll.

Register for 4pm Tour

Register for 5:15pm Tour

Museums at Cantigny Park Presents: Tales from the Vaults

Virtual Members Event via Zoom
Tuesday, July 13
7 pm

Please join Jeffrey Anderson, Exhibit Coordinator and Assistant Curator of the Museums at Cantigny Park as he takes you behind-the-scenes of both the First Division Museum and the McCormick Museum collections. This program will highlight rarely seen artifacts from the collection of both museums as well as the interesting stories behind them.

This will be a 45-minute virtual program with 15 minutes at the end for Q&A.


Neverly Brothers

Virtual Holiday Concert
Thursday, December 2
7 pm

The Neverly Brothers’ concerts pay tribute to one of the most exciting chapters in music history: the birth, near death and resurrection of rock n’ roll. With their one-of-a-kind, high-energy stage performance, take a guided tour of rock’s evolution with a holiday twist. The band’s vintage wardrobe changes and knack for storytelling combined with pure musical talent are sure to make this a festive night to remember! Look forward to a playlist featuring Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and many more – then fasten your seat belts for an exciting Magical History Tour!


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Members Book Club

The Members Book Club returns in 2021 with a diverse selection of fiction and nonfiction titles. Registration is required. For questions or to register please contact Amanda Goossens at agoossens@cantigny.org.

Members Book Club 2021 Reading List

All book club programs will meet the second Friday of each month.

January 8: “Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President,” by Candice Miller.

February 12: “The Stationery Shop,” by Marjan Kamali.

March 12: “The Book of Lost Friends,” by Lisa Wingate.

April 9: “Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Between the Sea and the Stars,” by Beverly Gherman and “Gift from the Sea,” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

May 14: “The Stolen House of Light,” by Susan Estall.

June 11: “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage,” by Alfred Lansing.

July 9: “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. (This meeting will include a viewing of the 2018 film adaptation.)

August 13: “The Girl Who Smiled Beads,” by Clemantine Wamariya.

September 10: “Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation,” by Dean Jobb.

October 8: “The Elegance of the Hedgehog,” by Muriel Barbery.

November 12: “The Mirage Factory,” by Gary Krist.

December 10: “Lost Roses,” by Martha Hall Kelly.