Robert R. McCormick at the Tribune plant cornerstone ceremony in 1921. As one of Chicago’s first major philanthropists, McCormick helped shape the city he loved. Upon his death, McCormick left his fortune and estate, in Wheaton, IL, to the people of Illinois.

McCormick Foundation

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the Foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The Foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is one of the nation’s largest foundations, with more than $1 billion in assets.