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The Cantigny Experience at a glance:

French Picnic Under the Stars

Saturday, August 12 | 6-11 pm
Parade Field
Special Event Admission: $15 per car
Member pricing: $12 per car
For general information about this event, please call 630.260.8162.

This first-time event comes on the eve of the park’s signature event, French Connection Day. Enjoy a French-theme picnic (available for pre-purchase), live jazz music from 7 - 8:30 pm by Michel Domingue & Co. and stargazing. The park’s 18-foot Eiffel Tower will be illuminated, adding a touch of Paris to the festivities.

A French-themed picnic under the stars will feature chef-inspired artisanal meats such as soppresatta and chianti salami, cheeses such as blueberry stilton, boursin, aged white cheddar that are served with a sliced baguette, flatbread crackers, and crispbreads. Take your experience further by enjoying wine pairings from Gerard Bertrand, chosen to enhance your meal and be the perfect complement to a night under the stars. All picnic baskets include plates, utensils and wine glasses (for baskets with wine) and serves two people. 

$35 without wine
$55 with wine (choose Rosé or Red) 

All baskets must be reserved at least 7 days in advance to guarantee availability. A limited number of baskets will be available for purchase at the event. Please call 630.260.8260 to reserve your picnic. Please note that alcohol cannot be brought into the park.  A cash bar will be available.

As darkness falls, view the stars and planets through your own telescope or one provided by the Naperville Astronomical Association (NAA) and the Chicago Astronomical Society.  If the sky is clear, this will be an ideal night to witness the Perseid Meteor Shower. Inside the Visitors Center, NAA will give a presentation at 7:30 pm about the rare total solar eclipse happening on August 21. Theater seating is limited and is first come, first serve.