VISIT & explore

Art & Entertainment

Binoculars and a boat are made of recycled paper and cardboard.
Discover the world of recycling through fun games and make a recycled craft of your own to take home. Weekdays in April, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
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Children listening to a story
Gather in the Children’s Garden amphitheater for story time and fun. Fridays, April 7 through October 27, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
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Children are hugging a tree.
Arbor Day is coming soon…show your support and be a tree for the day. Weekends in April, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Redbud trees in full bloom along with daffodils.
Enjoy original nature photography, many of which are of The Morton Arboretum grounds, at the sixth annual Nature Photography Exhibit of the Morton Arboretum Photographic Society (MAPS). Satuday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7, 2017,10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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The Sterling Morton Library
On the second Thursday of every month, Morton Arboretum members enjoy a morning of community, connectivity, and spirited book discussion.
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An origami acorn made with orange paper
Practice folding paper into your favorite garden shapes. Daily May 19 through October 22, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Children's Garden. Weather permitting.
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Metal sculptures based on the ancient Japanese art of paper folding, origami. Taken at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden.
Dozens of large-scale metal sculptures based on the ancient Japanese art of paper folding will engage you on paths through the Arboretum’s spectacular landscape Friday, May 19, through Sunday, October 22, 2017.
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A hand painted origami basket, on one side are the red and white stripes of the American flag and on the other side are the fifty stars.
Enjoy opening weekend of Origami in the Garden. Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Children’s Garden and Arbor Court
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A couple walking hand-in-hand through the Hedge Collection
Savor seasonal wines amid beautiful spring blooms at our first-ever wine tasting event. Thursday, May 25, 2017 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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Bottles of wine in an ice bucket
Wednesday is the new Friday! Unwind after work with live music and drinks on warm summer evenings in Arbor Court. Wednesdays, June 7 through August 30, 2017 from 5:00 to 8 p.m.
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Families dancing and playing
Enjoy live music, kid-friendly fare, and entertainment after-hours. Thursdays, June 15-August 24, 2017 at The Morton Arboretum. 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
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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 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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Kubo and the Two Strings movie flyer
Join us on Saturday, July 8, 2017 for a summer movie night featuring "Kubo and the Two Strings", an epic action-adventure set in Japan. Enjoy a night out with family and friends to experience the Origami in the Garden exhibit.
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Sumo wrestlers
Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food and trees. August 4, 5 & 6, 2017
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Display of several Bonsai displays
See bonsai displays and demonstrations by Prairie State Bonsai Society members at The Morton Arboretum, August 5 & 6, 2017. 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
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Adults standing in front of a clubhouse that says "No grown-ups allowed"
Get in touch with your inner child at Grown-Up Play Date in the Children’s Garden on August 18, 2017
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Guests browsing near a tent where exhibitors are located
Sip wine and shop for art as you stroll around Meadow Lake. August 19 and 20, 2017, 11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
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A German dance trio
Immerse yourself in the diverse cultures of Europe with visits to our European tree collections, plus culinary delights, authentic musical performances, impressive dancing demonstrations, and much more. September 23-24, 2017, at The Morton Arboretum.
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Some of the glass pumpkins in the Glass Pumpkin Patch
Explore a dazzling collection of 4,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins and other autumnal designs in mesmerizing colors, shapes, and sizes. At The Morton Arboretum, October 11- 15, 2017. Sales begin ​October 13 at 1:00 p.m.
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Black and white photo of Thornhill
Enjoy interactive dinner theatre with a mystery to solve. Don’t forget your detective hat. Save the date, October 19 or 26, 2017
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Two adults sitting on chairs under a colorful tree
Sample ciders and seasonal beers in the midst of rich fall color at the Cider and Ale Festival on October 21, 2017
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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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Adults wearing Santa hats mingling and laughing
Celebrate the holidays with an open bar, cookie decorating, carol-oke, visit with Santa and more! Thursday, December 14, 2017.
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