VISIT & explore

Active & Recreational

Two adults cross-country skiing down a small slope
When there is four inches or more of snow on the ground at The Morton Arboretum, trails are available to cross-country ski or snowshoe. The rental season runs December 1, 2017 through March 11, 2018.
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A trail through the forest is covered in snow.
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, February 3 through, June 23, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
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The Vanishing Acts exhibit with a light dusting of snow.
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
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An arboretum expert showing fur pelts that keep animals warm in winter
If you want to experience The Morton Arboretum in winter but it’s just too cold, come inside and take a “table-top” tour with us. Sundays January 14, 21 & 28, 2018 and Wednesdays January 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2018
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A musher standing on the runners of a sled being pulled by 4 Siberian  huskies
Save the date, January 27 and 28, 2018 to see Siberian husky sled pulling, skijoring, and speed demonstrations at The Morton Arboretum. Please leave pets at home.
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2 Visitors cross-county skiing
Members enjoy the following benefits during the month of February. Thank you for your support!
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A path through the snowy woods at dusk
With the moon shining through the trees and reflecting off the snow, a winter evening reveals a captivating symphony of sounds and mysterious spaces as we hope to spot wildlife darting through the darkness. Thursday, February 1, March 1, or Friday, March 2, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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A dog at Dog Admission Day
Hit the trails, at The Morton Arboretum, with your canine friend on the following Saturdays, February 3, March 3, and November 3, 2018, 7:00 a.m. to sunset.
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Children watching a miniature model train wind through magnificent scenery
Since some children may be over-stimulated by all of the sights and sounds of the Enchanted Railroad, we are setting aside special times to accommodate these families this year: February 3, 4, and 6. Times vary.
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The conifer trees are dappled with snow.
Join an Arboretum expert for a cup of hot cocoa and a winter stroll through the conifer collection. Saturday, February 10 or 17, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon
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Two women are sitting on yoga mats relaxing with a beer.
For ultimate relaxation, join us for one hour of peaceful yoga stretches, then enjoy sipping your beverage of choice while looking upon the tranquil setting of the Morton Arboretum. Thursday, January 11 or Friday, February 16, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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A person is jogging down the road.
Strap on your running shoes for an informative running tour of the Arboretum. Saturday, March 24, 2018, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
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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, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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The Acorn Express Tram is moving down the road.
Join us on the Acorn Express for a family friendly tram ride adventure through the Arboretum! The first Wednesday of each Month, April 4 Through October 3, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
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A family is riding the Acorn Express Adventure Tram.
Join us on the Acorn Express tram for a family friendly tram-ride adventure through the Arboretum! We’ll seek out fun destinations to hike, make a craft, and explore new topics each week. Wednesdays and Fridays, April-October, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
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Row of bikes to rent
Explore nine miles of paved roads that wind through our magnificent tree collections. Weekends in April and daily beginning on Memorial Day. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
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The Acorn Express open-air Tram
Beginning weekends in mid-April, 2018 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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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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Photo of children dressed like a tree
On April 27, 2018 celebrate trees by dressing like one. On Arbor Day get free admission to The Morton Arboretum when you dress like a tree. One free general admission per costumed individual. Arbor Day only, April 27, 2018.
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Close-up of a giant troll created from discarded wood. His hand is wrapped around a tree trunk.
Arriving in May 2018. Artist in Residence: watch as Danish artist Thomas Dambo uses discarded wood to create the giant trolls who will inhabit the Arboretum starting this summer.
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A dog running the agility course
Join us for Tails on the Trails on May 5, 2018, 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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Children are practicing yoga outside.
Experience nature from a new angle through fun animal and tree yoga poses! Mondays, May through June (except Memorial Day), 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
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Runners participating in the Fall Color 5k Run & Walk
Save the date for our 15th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk, Sunday, October 14, 2018.
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Veteran's get in free on Veteran's Day
All veterans free today, November 11!
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Snowy larches around Meadow Lake
Enjoy free admission on Christmas Day at The Morton Arboretum! Monday, December 25, 2017. Buildings, Children’s Garden, and Illumination are closed.
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