Is Loyola saving Christmas in Vernon Hills?

Cuneo Light Show. Loyola photo.
Cuneo Light Show.
Loyola photo.

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

It looks like Loyola is saving Christmas in Vernon Hills.

The Daily Herald reports that Loyola University Chicago is going to allow an annual holiday light show to continue this year at its Cuneo Mansion and Gardens property in the far north suburb.

The annual light show, a tradition in Vernon Hills for two decades, was in jeopardy because Loyola wants to develop a portion of the Cuneo estate.

But it looks like there will be at least one more light show this year, the Daily Herald reports.

Here is a portion of the Daily Herald story:

The holiday light show that winds through the former Cuneo grounds in Vernon Hills, as one of the largest displays of its kind in the suburbs, will be held at least one more season.

The 21st Winter Wonderland drive-through holiday light show had been in question, as Loyola University Chicago considered development on a portion of the property it has owned since 2010.

Loyola indicated they are willing to do another (light show) with us, which is awesome,” Village Manager John Kalmar said Tuesday.

Last year, about 22,000 cars passed through the wooded pathway of holiday lights and displays in what has become an annual tradition from about Thanksgiving through the end of the year.

The village spent about $30,000 last year advertising the event through direct mail and other means. Loyola gets 30 percent of the gross admission fees.

The Cuneo Mansions & Garden was given to the university by the Cuneo Foundation and includes the sprawling 31,000-square-foot Italianate-style home completed in 1916 for Samuel Insull.

Read the the entire article at the Daily Herald’s website.


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