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A biker with a child
Enjoy bicycling in an "auto-free zone" on summer Friday nights, as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings. May 7 through August 13, except Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6, 2017.
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Visitors sampling craft beer
Save the date for the 2017 Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Come sample local favorites and explore new beers from 40 breweries, surrounded by summer's beauty at the Arboretum.
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A child making mud pies in the Mud Kitchen
Enjoy creative, unstructured outdoor play spaces, Mud Kitchen near Parking Lot 20 and Word Garden near Parking Lot 13. Daily, weather permitting, 7:00 a.m. to sunset
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The Acorn Express open-air Tram
Beginning April 24, 2017 hop on the Acorn Express tram for a tour of our 1,700 acres of blooming beauty (weather permitting) narrated by one of our expert guides. Call 630-968-0074 for times and pricing.
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The contains of the Family Explorer Backpack available for rental.
Looking for a unique experience in the Children’s Garden At The Morton Arboretum? Rent a self-guided family backpack and enhance your visit. Available daily, April through October, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Yellow woodland sunflowers are blooming among the trees.
Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Select Mondays or Saturdays,June through September, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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Teacher looking at leaves
Teachers from preschool through college can visit The Morton Arboretum with free admission every Tuesday from June through September 2017.
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A play taking place outdoors
Experience the theater on nature's stage as plays based on literary tales are presented during hikes through the scenic landscape of The Morton Arboretum. Select weekends, July, August, September, and October, 2017
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Walking through the forest
Discover Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a slow and mindful walk guided by a certified forest therapy guide. Select Wednesdays, June 14 through July 26, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
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A family exploring nature on bikes
Cyclists and foodies, enjoy vehicle-free roads, live entertainment, and a food truck social. July 15, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. to sunset. at The Morton Arboretum.
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Row of bikes to rent
Explore nine miles of paved roads that wind through our magnificent tree collections. Daily, May 27- September 4, 2017. Monday, October 9, 2017. Saturdays and Sundays, September 9 - October 29, 2017. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (last rental is at 3 PM; bikes need to be returned by 5 PM).
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Visitors and their dogs walking on a paved trail.
Join us for Tails on the Trails on May 6 and September 9, 2017, a "paw"fect day out with your pup as you meander down The Morton Arboretum's 16 miles of hiking trails. Dogs are only allowed on special days like these!
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Runners participating in the Fall Color 5k Run & Walk
Race in our 13th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk, Sunday, October 1, 2017.
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Scarecrows that look like the Peanuts Cartoon charaters
Admire creations from local scout troops and vote for your favorite scarecrow. Daily in October, 2017. 7:00 a.m-sunset
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A dog at Dog Admission Day
Hit the trails, at The Morton Arboretum, with your canine friend on the following Saturday, November 4, 2017, 7:00 a.m. to sunset.
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Veteran's get in free on Veteran's Day
All veterans free today, November 11!
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Illumination, Treemagination. Colors splashed across the hemlock trees.
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. Open Friday, November 17, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018​. (Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day along with the following Mondays, November 20 & 27 and December 4, 11, & 18.)
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Photo of child with a Siberian husky
Save the date, January 27 and 28, 2018. See Siberian husky sled pulling, skijoring, and speed demonstrations at The Morton Arboretum,
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Participants at the start line in our annual The Champion of Trees 10K Run
Tap into the championship spirit as you run through a springtime morning surrounded by trees from around the world. Save the date for next year, Sunday, April 22, 2018.
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