Wheaton residents French for a day at Cantigny

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 12:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 12:02 p.m. CDT
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Mime BJ Macias creates a balloon hat during French Connection Day Aug. 11 at Cantigny Park.
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Henry Abramski of Aurora, who is a member of the Chicago Petanque Club, lets a ball go during French Connection Day Aug. 11 at Cantigny Park.
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Finn McCarthy, 5, of La Grange, picks a sample of the peanut butter and chocolate fudge from the Gourmet Goodies booth during French Connection Day Aug. 11 at Cantigny Park.

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.

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