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Calendar of events

Events for Today:
  • Children creatively playing at the Nature's Kitchen
    Enjoy creative, unstructured outdoor play at our new Nature's Kitchen near Parking Lot 20.
  • A visitor learning about endangered tree species by using the interactive panels
    Come learn about the gifts that the world's endangered trees give us—and how you can join the Arboretum in saving them. Daily, 7:00 a.m. - sunset
  • A traditional Santa Claus walking to the Visitor Center via Meadow Lake Trail
    Enjoy a special breakfast in The Morton Arboretum's scenic Ginkgo Restaurant and a visit from Santa! Unfortunately, this event is sold out. We hope to see you next December!
  • A gnome in a flower pot
    Create a keepsake, light-up gnome home of your own! Weekends November 2016 through March 2017 (except December 25 and January 1). Times vary between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Colorful lights decorate Meadow Lake Trail
    Enjoy live musical performances in the Ginkgo Room, ​5:45-9:00 p.m. and roaming carolers along the trail from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on select nights during Illumination at The Morton Arboretum.
  • Trees glowing with dazzling LED lights
    See trees in a different light. Our interactive experience filled with dazzling projections, trees that respond to your touch and voice, and vivid, electric colors throughout, Friday, November 18, 2016 through January 2, 2017. (Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas, November 21 and 28, December 5 and 12.)
  • Library Exhibit: Plant Hunters
    The exhibit features artifacts from the library’s special collection relating to famous plant hunters, and it explores modern conservation efforts by scientists at the Arboretum. Tuesdays-Saturdays, during regular library hours.
  • A small gnome hangs from a tree
    Can you find all of the gnomes hiding in The Morton Arboretum's Children's Garden? Daily November 2016 through March 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.