Loyola University Chicago

Community Relations

Cuneo Mansion and Gardens (CMG)


The most recent addition to Loyola’s campuses is the historic Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, which spreads over 100 acres of land in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

In 2009, The Cuneo Foundation of John Cuneo, Jr. and his wife Herta gifted the Cuneo estate to Loyola University. This $50 million gift also includes the museum’s extensive collection of art and furnishings.

The mansion was built in 1918 for Samuel Insull, an original founder of the General Electric Company. Acclaimed Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall led the architectural design, while world- famous landscape architect Jens Jensen designed the ornate gardens and landscaping.

John Cuneo, Sr. bought the property in 1937. He and his wife Julia raised their two children John, Jr. and Consuela on the extravagant estate. In 1991, the family opened the mansion to the public as the Cuneo Museum and Gardens. Now, as Loyola’s Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, it still holds the Cuneo family’s antique, tapestry, sculpture, silver and porcelain collections, along with paintings by world-renowned artists.

Loyola plans to use the mansion for activities, such as:

  • Weddings and other special occasions
  • Corporate events
  • Educational opportunities to benefit students, faculty and the greater-Chicago area community, especially those living in and around Lake County.

For information on admissions and enrollment to Loyola at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, visit our Request Information form. For information related to courses and schedules, please contact the sponsoring department:

Loyola University Chicago at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens

1350 N. Milwaukee Ave
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Phone: 847.362.3042