Historic Wagner Farm

UPDATE: The Heritage Center Museum and Main Exhibits are closed at this time, except for registered programming. The gift shop and restrooms inside the Heritage Center are open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Address: 1510 Wagner Rd.
Glenview, IL 60026
Phone:  847-657-1506  
Hours: Grounds:
Open to the public year-round, dawn to dusk. Portions of the grounds are currently closed to the public as we develop our new Ag Adventure Area.

Please Note: Our Heritage Center Museum & Main Exhibits are closed.  The gift shop and restrooms inside the Heritage Center are open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
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Historic Wagner Farm Photography/Videography Policy

Due to the historic nature of Wagner Farm as well as active farming operations, the Glenview Park District has adopted specific policies governing still and video photography. Filming and photography permits are now required for any commercial filming and photography including family portraits, wedding photography, any film that will be used in the production of any marketing materials, public service announcements, documentaries, training films, commercials, television films, or series, student films, feature films, or commercial art. Permit fees for professional portraits and candids is $50 per hour plus a refundable security deposit. For more rates, information, and to obtain the required permit, contact Andrea.Just@glenviewparks.org or call 224-521-2204.

New Farm Adventure Area, coming soon!

Wondering what to expect?  A tractor tire sandbox, a climbable corn stalk and a kid-sized farm stand will soon transport Historic Wagner Farm’s youngest visitors into life on the farm where they can play and explore.  The play equipment is farm-themed, allowing kids to interact with a rural environment.  The gardens adjacent to the playscape will be for everyone with ADA-accessible, raised garden beds, checkerboard game tables and educational signs with agriculture-related facts.

  • Do some digging sandbox
  • Swing on a tire
  • Climb into a corn crib
  • Interact with a life-size dairy cow sculpture
  • Pretend to run a farm stand

The new playscape will be located just west of the Heritage Center. Visitors can follow a paved walkway from the Heritage Center to a circular hub that intersects with a path to the playscape and other areas of the farm.  Site preparation and initial construction is expected to begin before the first of the year with major completion in early November.

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Where history meets education

Learn About Our Draft Horses
Bill and Bob

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Step back in time to farm life from decades past. 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.”

  • 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

In addition to the cows in the pasture, Historic Wagner Farm has chickens, draft horses, and pigs as well as a restored farmhouse and barn and the award-winning Historic 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 the Historic Wagner Farm.

Interactive Silo Exhibit

Always wondered what’s inside those silos you see on farms and what they’re for? Learn all about it at the Historic Wagner Farm’s new interactive and educational silo exhibit inside the Heritage Center. You can:

  • 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
  • Step inside an actual two-story silo

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-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Historic Wagner Farm Team 
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Jonathan Kuester
Jonathan Kuester
Sarah Schoeneberg
Sarah Schoeneberg
Program Manager
Blake Lanphier
Blake Lanphier
Farm Manager