Downtown Chicago will be pretty exciting over Memorial Day weekend, but if you prefer the peace and quiet of the suburbs, you have options there too!

Cantigny Park, home to museums, golf courses, gardens, and more, is one great place to spend time over the holiday. Located in Wheaton in the western suburbs, the site is also home to picnicking grounds, almost three miles of nature trails, several restaurants, and the McCormick Museum.

It’ll host two concerts this weekend in celebration of the holiday. Anthem, a classic rock cover band, plays Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the bandshell. If you like Styx, Bon Jovi, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Boston, Aerosmith, the Eagles, Queen, Tom Petty, Rush, and Neil Diamond, you’ll enjoy this. Lawn seating is provided, and concert is free with $10 parking fee.

On Monday, the Steve Cooper Orchestra plays musical arrangements made famous by stars like Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Count Basie, and many more. They’ll play music from The Lawrence Welk Orchestra, and rock and roll and Broadway tunes as well. Show is also at 3 p.m., free with $10 parking fee.

Summer is always exciting here, since Cantigny offers so many outdoor attractions. From hummingbird and fish sightings to playground fun, families can have a blast. Events take place every day at the museums and throughout the grounds. Whether you’re looking for opportunities to meet with other young moms, learn about growing plants, or watching movies at the park, you can find community and low-key fun here.

Admission is always free, but a parking fee is required. On weekdays, this is $5 per car. On weekends, you’ll pay $10 per car. On Memorial Day, it’s $10 per car. The first Wednesdays of the month are free. For more information on what you can see and do at Cantigny Park throughout the year, visit Please note, the First Division Museum and tank displays are currently undergoing renovation, and may not be open during the holiday.

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