Historic Wagner Farm
|Address:||1510 Wagner Road
Glenview, IL 60026
|Office Hours:||Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm
Sun.: 9 am-3 pm
Daily Activities at Wagner Farm
June 16 – August 8
There’s something exciting happening every day this summer at Historic Wagner Farm. No advance registration is required. Free unless otherwise noted:
- Animal Adventure Days: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10-11 am. Stop by to meet some of the farm’s animals, possibly do some chores, and learn something new! $1 per participant. Ages 1 yr. an under-free. Adults must pay with child. $1/day per participant.
- Public milking demonstrations: Monday-Saturday, 4:30 pm (Heritage Center).
- Storytelling: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 pm.
- Meet costumed interpreters: Monday- Sunday, 10 am-3 pm. Learn about daily life on a working 1920s farm.
- Sweets & Treats old-fashioned soda fountain: Cool off with sweet treats all summer long!
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Sweets & Treats Old Fashioned Soda Fountain Now Open daily
Step back in time and cool off with sweet treats all summer long! Our old fashioned soda fountain located inside the Historic Wagner Farm Heritage Center serves up Homer’s Ice Cream hand-dipped cones, sundaes, floats and shakes.
Where History Meets Education
- Learn about the farm’s livestock
- Attend seasonal special events
- Discover the many crops grown on the farm
- Explore the many interactive exhibits in the farm’s Heritage Center
- Learn about where the food we eat comes from
Our 18.6 acre Historic Wagner Farm is one of the last working dairy farms in Cook County and is open to the public for recreation and learning. The farm provides a unique opportunity for families to learn about our farming heritage and experience first hand “the way things used to be.”
In addition to the cows in the pasture, Wagner Farm has chickens, draft horses, and pigs as well as a restored farmhouse and barn and the award-winning Wagner Farm Heritage Center. The Heritage Center contains interactive exhibits where you can learn about farming from the early 20th century through the present, “shop through history” at our 1930′s Grocery Store or purchase a souvenir of your visit from our Museum Store.
If your kids think that milk comes in a carton, corn comes in a can and chicken comes in a cellophane wrapped package, it’s time for a visit to Wagner Farm.
Interactive Silo Exhibit
- Step inside an actual two-story silo
- Turn the crank of a silage machine and watch “corn plants” delivered to the top
- Learn about the history of silos and silage through informative photos and displays
- Build your own miniature silos of wood, brick and metal using customized building blocks
In development for two years, the exhibit was made possible when farm staff rescued a two-story silo artifact that was was being decommissioned from the Sauder Village Museum in Archbold, Ohio.
The silo exhibit is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and on Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm.
Find out What’s New at the Farm -
Visit Our Blog
Keep up with what’s new at the Glenview’s Park District’s Wagner Farm by visiting the farm’s blog, Wagner Feed, winner of the Illinois Association of Park Districts and Illinois Park and Recreation Association Agency Showcase Award for Outstanding Electronic Communications in 2010 and 2011. Here you can view and comment on photos and stories about the workings of a genuine American farm and get the latest information on upcoming events at the farm. Come back often!
The Wagner Farm Team
(click on team member names to email)