Once a private estate, the four and a half acres surrounding Pleasant Home has been transformed into a lovely community park offering historic vistas, walkways, and a children’s discovery area.
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT TRUST: THE ROBIE HOUSE:
Throughout his long career, nature was a guiding principle in Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture. The Robie House, defined by bold horizontal lines, and a muted palette of earth tones, was designed in harmony with the expansive prairie landscape of America’s Midwest.
ROGER BROWN STUDY COLLECTION:
Brown’s garden delightfully conjoins classical and vernacular features. Grand concrete statues of Neptune and Persephone preside over jardinière and English garden furniture, all resting on pavers that radiate around the catch basin cover. Junipers evoke Italian landscapes, and a domestic garage enshrines Brown’s 1967 Ford Mustang.
LOYOLA AT CUNEO MANSION AND GARDENS:
A tranquil retreat from the modern world, the Cuneo gardens were designed by noted landscape architect Jens Jensen. John Cuneo, Sr. redesigned many of the garden ‘rooms’ to suit his more formal tastes. However, remnants of Jensen’s original design remain, including the cobblestone bridge, waterfall, man-made lakes, and council circle.
ROBERT R. MCCORMICK MUSEUM/CANTIGNY:
OUTDOORSMAN, ENVIRONMENTALIST, FARMER
Robert R. McCormick relished the outdoors. At his Cantigny estate, he hiked, hunted game, and rode horses. McCormick valued protecting nature and wildlife as well, and used the Chicago Tribune and WGN to encourage thoughtful land stewardship and progressive agriculture to the public.
Three feral tabbies live outside in 6018North's large backyard and native forest side lot. The cats also travel and are favorites of the neighborhood children.
MAYSLAKE PEABODY ESTATE:
The 87-acre Mayslake Forest Preserve is home to five different ecosystems: a high-quality restored prairie; an oak savannah, one of the most endangered ecosystems in Illinois; a marsh; a wetland; and two lakes.
SCHWEIKHER-LANGSDORF HOME & STUDIO:
FIVE ACRES OF GARDENS
The Schweikher-Langsdorf Home is situated on several acres of grounds which include perennial gardens, an orchard, and Zen garden designed by the noted landscape architect Franz Lipp. Another five acres of woods, restored prairie, and a creek surround the house and are connected to the house via a walking path.
THE GROVE NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK:
TAKE A HIKE
The Grove consists of 143 acres of ecologically diverse prairie grove land, which is preserved and maintained by the Glenview Park District. Beautiful trails have been laid out where hikers can meander among unique plants and trees and watch for deer and other wildlife.