Cantigny Park in Wheaton will be getting a new main entrance next year.
The upgrades to the park along Winfield Road will include a new turn lane, wider entrance and exit lanes, two parking booths instead of one, new signs, improved lighting and landscaping. Work should be completed by mid-2014.
The entrance hasn't changed since park opened in 1958, park officials said. The new changes are expected to improve traffic flow and safety and reduce entry time.
"This project is all about creating a better guest experience, which begins and ends at our front door," said Matt LaFond, Cantigny Park executive director, in a press release. "We want visitors to be able to come and go without delay. During some of our larger events the park entrance can be a bottleneck."
The park, which includes the Robert R. McCormick Museum, the First Division Museum and 30 acres of gardens, sees about 350,000 visitors a year.
-Quan Truong, Tribune reporter