A visit to Oak Park would not be complete without a stop by the Cheney Mansion. Located in the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District, the mansion and its 2.2 acres of beautifully landscaped lawn are a part of the Park District of Oak Park. With the grounds open to the public from dawn to dusk, it is the perfect place for you to stop for a picnic.
The grounds contain a waterfall fountain, an espalier fence, a woodland walk, a cutting garden and a greenhouse. All are connected by paths and walkways for you to enjoy a romantic walk or just escape from your routine. Be sure to bring the camera- there are beautiful vistas all around you here.
The 12,000 square foot mansion will remind you of an English country home. Designed and built in 1913, by Charles E. White, the six bedrooms, seven bathrooms Cheney Mansion has only had three owners. Realtor Caswell Sharpe was the original owner and his niece, Elizabeth Cheney, inherited it from him. In 1975, Elizabeth Cheney deeded the estate to The Park District of Oak Park. The mansion now plays host to numerous weddings, parties and meetings.
Each June, the Symphony of Oak Park River Forest holds a concert on the grounds of Cheney Mansion. This ticketed event is your opportunity to spread a blanket on the lawn, grab a boxed meal and a glass of wine and enjoy one of the nation’s oldest orchestras.
Yappy Hour is for socialite dogs and their human pets. Each May, the grounds of Cheney Mansion are taken over by the canines for a fundraiser to benefit the Animal Care League. “Dog martinis” and “dog treats” are served along with food and drinks for their humans.
Cheney Mansion also hosts numerous events for the community from “Winedown Yoga” to book clubs and cooking classes to “breakfast, Lunch and Tea with Santa”.