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Family Fun

Meteors over Wheaton party by Adler Planetarium, Cantigny nears

Cantigny Park will aim for an out-of-this-world experience in partnership with Chicago’s Adler Planetarium for their Perseid Meteor Shower Star Party. Tickets are on sale now for the event from 6 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Astronomers and casual stargazers alike look forward to the Perseid meteor shower every year in the late summer night sky, according to the news release, which notes that the meteors or “shooting stars” are best viewed between Aug. 9 and 13.

The “Star Party” at Cantigny, called ideal for families, will feature stargazing, live music, a scavenger hunt for kids, hands-on science activities and presentations by an Adler astronomer.

Meteors are viewable with the naked eye, but telescopes will be set up on the Cantigny Parade Field for close looks at stars and planets. Picnics are welcome, and Bertie’s Café will stay open until 9 p.m. for snacks and ice cream.

General admission advance tickets cost $12 for adults, or $15 on Aug. 12. Advance ticket sales end at midnight Aug. 11. Tickets for children ages 3 to 11 cost $9 (in advance or day of event). Adler Planetarium and Cantigny Park members receive an additional discount on adult tickets purchased in advance.  Parking is free for ticket holders.

For additional details, visit, call 312-322-0332 or email

The Perseid Meteor Shower Star Party is a rain-or-shine event. All ticket sales are final and no refunds will be issued.

About Cantigny Park

Cantigny Park, part of the Robert R. McCormick Foundations, is the 500-acre Wheaton estate of Col. Robert R. McCormick. It is home to the McCormick Museum, First Division Museum, formal gardens, picnic grounds, walking trails, and a Visitor Center with banquet and dining facilities. More information, including hours, directions and upcoming events, can be found online at

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