WHEATON – A 23-foot Eiffel Tower made an appearance in Wheaton on Sunday at Cantigny Park, where residents gathered to celebrate French culture and its connection to the park’s history.
Cantigny’s French Connection Day marks an important part of the life of the park’s donor, Robert R. McCormick, who was stationed in 1918 in Cantigny, France as a colonel. His siege and subsequent liberation of the town marked America’s first major victory during World War I. Upon his return, McCormick renamed his estate after the town. Today, the park still holds the name.
Crepes, wine and storytime featuring famous French children’s book character Madeleine were available to the hundreds in attendance.