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The Cantigny Experience at a glance:

Music & Theater

​​​​​​​​Music and Th​eater Under the Stars!​
Evening Symphonie​s & Concerts · Theater · Afternoon Concerts · Kids' Concerts
​For summe​r e​nt​ertainment, Can​tigny offers great variety and value. In particular, the park has​ long been a favorite destination for those who appreciate an Evening Symphony and Shakespeare. These outdoor performances are the perfect opportunity to visit Cantigny on a soft, starry night. Make it a date, and bring along a blanket and special picnic. Then just relax and enjoy the show.

Evening Symphonies
​For a touch of Ravinia right here in Wheaton, join us for our three evening symphonies, which take place on the lawn outside the First Division Museum. A large tent covers the orchestra stage, but the audience is under the stars and towering oaks. Concert guests are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs, and for the three evening symphonies, guests are invited to bring a bottle of wine.
DuPage Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, July 12 | 8 pm

West Suburban Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, July 26 | 8 pm
Chicago Sinfonietta
Saturday, August 9 | 8 pm
Do you like to decorate your symphony picnic space? Yes, well you could win a prize for picnicscape at this event. Check out our contest page​!

Watch their video!​

Symphony Tickets:

DuPage Symphony & West Suburban Symphony
Member: $10 per person in advance or $15 the day of the show.
Non-Member: $12 per person in advance or $18 the day of the show.

Chicago Sinfonietta
Member: $20 per person in advance or $22 the day of the show.
Non-Member: $22 per person in advance or $24 the day of the show.​

Order by phone at 630.668.5161 | in person at the Cantigny Shop or Parking Booth | or online by clicking through the links above.

Evening Concerts

In addition to our symphonies, we offer a couple of evening concerts to keep with the Ravinia-style atmosphere with music floating through the air and the stars.

Neverly Brothers
Saturday, June 28
$10 per person

Saturday, July 19
Visit our Rockin' page for details and ticket information.
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​Shakespeare in the Park ​
by Midsummer Theater Company
Midsummer's Night Dream
Sunday, July 20
Raindate: July 27th
6 pm | Visitors Center Lawn
Join us for an outdoor Shakespearean play in the beautiful setting of Cantigny's gardens. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased in advance over the phone at 630 260 8162, at the Gift Shop, at the parking booth or here​!

​Play Synopsis 

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.​

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Afternoon Concerts

If daytime concerts are your thing, our Sunday afternoon concerts at 3 pm are always fun, always entertaining and always free. Most concerts are held in the bandshell, but some larger performances may be held in front of the *First Division Museum. **Military bands are subject to change.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and dancing is encouraged.

​​ ​Ac-Rock: A Capella
Sunday, May 25
3 pm | Red Bandshell
Fox Valley Concert Band: Concert Music
Memorial Day Tribute​
Monday, May 26
3 pm | Red Bandshell
​Irish Heritage Singers: Irish
Sunday, June 01
3 pm | Red Bandshell
​BMR4​ with Nicole Kestler​: Chicago Jazz
Sunday, June 08
3 pm | Red Bandshell
​Stateline: Country
Sunday, June 22
3 pm | Red Bandshell
​*Walt Whitman’s Soul Children of Chicago​ at Cantigny: Choir
Sunday, June 29
3 pm | First Division Museum Lawn
*​Navy Band Great Lakes: Patriotic**
Friday, July 04
3 pm | First Division Museum Lawn
​The Student Body: Rock
Sunday, July 06
3 pm | Red Bandshell
​Motor City Music Machine: Motown
Sunday, July 13
3 pm | Red Bandshell
​New Odyssey: 3 Guys, 30 Instruments
Sunday, July 20
3 pm | Red Bandshell
Cadillac Casanovas​: 50's
Sunday, July 27
3 pm | Red Bandshell
Guitarra Azul:  Pop Flamenco
Sunday, August 03
3 pm | Red Bandshell
Karen Hart Band: 80's
Sunday, August 10 
3 pm | Red Bandshell
Tropixplosion: Caribbean
Sunday, August 17
3 pm | Red Bandshell
Sunday, August 24
3 pm | Red Bandshell
​Barefoot Hawaiian: Polynesian
Sunday, August 31
3 pm | Red Bandshell
​Illinois Brass Band​: Big Band
Monday, September 01
3 pm | Red Bandshell​
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Kids' Concerts

​Keeping with our something for everyone" theme, we offer a Childrens' Concert Series just for your little ones. These performances are engaging, interactive and so much fun. Free with parking fee. Please bring lawn chairs and/or blankets. Children's concerts are held rain or shine with the exception of extreme weather. ​

​​ Jeanie B! and The Jelly Beans
Saturday, June 21​
2-3 pm
Red Bandshell
Macaroni Soup
Saturday, June 28
2-3 pm
Red Bandshell

Miss Jamie and the Farmhands
Saturday, July 26
2-3 pm
Red Bandshell

Laura Doherty & The Heartbeats 
Saturday, August 16
2-3 pm
Red Bandshell
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