Art & Entertainment

  • Troll Hunt

    Troll Hunt
    Journey through our far-reaching forest to hunt for six colossal trolls crafted from reclaimed wood by Danish artist Thomas Dambo. The full hunt begins June 22, 2018!

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  • Craft Beer Festival

    Visitors sampling craft beer
    Come sample local favorites and explore new beers from more than 45 breweries, surrounded by summer's beauty at the Arboretum. Saturday, June 23, 2018

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  • Arbor Evenings: Music and More

    Visitors sitting on the grass and in lawn chairs
    Wednesday is the new Friday! Unwind with wine and a live concert outdoors on summer evenings. Wednesdays, June 6 through August 29, 2018 except July 4.

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  • Sculptures Inspired by Science: Physics, Proteins, and People

    A man is creating a sculpture with metal and glass
    Spend a summer evening with artist and scientist Julian Voss-Andreae, as he shares his work spanning quantum physics, biomolecules, and his novel approaches to figurative sculpture. Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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  • Thursday Family Nights

    Kids dancing while a performer sings and plays the guitar
    Enjoy live music, games, and crafts after-hours Thursdays, June 14, through August 16, 2018 at The Morton Arboretum's Children's Garden. 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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  • Walking Plays at The Morton Arboretum

    Guests walking along with the actors along a paved trail
    Walk along with theater performers and experience classic Brothers Grimm tales a new way: surrounded by nature! All Walking Plays are approximately 90 minutes in length and will not exceed 2 miles in hiking distance. Select Weekends, July, August, and October, 2018

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  • Adult Coloring Night: Troll Hunt Edition

    A Young couple are enjoying drinks at an adult coloring night.
    Kick back and relax with a night of coloring, complete with a cash bar and cheese and crackers at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, July 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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  • Leafing Through the Pages - Members' Book Discussion Group

    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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  • Mystery Dinner

    Two woman in clothes from the 1980s. One is holding a large radio and the other has on headphones.
    Join us on Friday the thirteenth to help solve a 1980s themed mystery. Costumed encouraged, but not required. July 13, 2018.

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  • Science & S’mores Member Night

    A full moon shining through the tree tops
    Members only event. Try science experiments, meet Arboretum scientists, watch cool tree science demonstrations, and enjoy s’mores around the campfire July 19, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Thornhill Education Center

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  • Reclaimed Keepsake Box Workshop

    A cigar box decorated and reclaimed as a keepsake box.
    Turn a cigar box into a one-of-a-kind keepsake box using reclaimed materials at The Morton Arboretum. Two days, Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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  • Beasts at Bedtime: The Environmental Wisdom of Children's Literature with Author Liam Heneghan

    Cover of the book, Beats at Bedtime: Revealing the Environmental Wisdom in Children's Literature
    Revisit your favorite childhood books--and some unknown treasures--through a new lens with author, scholar, and dad, Liam Heneghan at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, July 29, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

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  • Destination Asia Festival

    A Toro Nagashi Japanese floating lantern display on water
    Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food and trees. Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5, 2018

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  • The Art of Bonsai

    Display of several Bonsai displays
    See bonsai displays and demonstrations, by Prairie State Bonsai Society members at The Morton Arboretum, August 4 & 5, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Great Hikes in Literature

    A wood chipped trail surrounded by evergreens.
    Travel the world's great trails as told from the perspective of beloved nature writers at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, August 5, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

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  • Bees and Bourbon

    A fruity cocktail with a honey dipper and mint sprigs
    Enjoy a summery bourbon cocktail and get buzzed about bees with entomologist and author May Berenbaum. August 7, 2018.

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  • Grown-Up Play Date

    Adults standing in front of a fort that says "No grown ups allowed!"
    Join us for Grown-Up Play Date, a night of fun for adults in the award-winning Children's Garden on August 10, 2018

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  • Wine and Art Walk

    Guests browsing near a tent where exhibitors are located
    Sip wine and shop for art as you stroll around Meadow Lake. Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19, 2018.

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  • Wine Tasting

    Visitors walking around and sampling wine
    Savor the flavors of wine and bask in the beauty of summer, August 30, 2018

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  • Visiting Photographer Series: Seeing Creatively with Tony Sweet

    Black and white photo of one tree and the surrounding landscape.
    Step up your nature photography with tips and techniques from well-known photographer Tony Sweet at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 15, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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  • Passport Europe Festival

    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. Saturday, September 22, and Sunday, September 23, 2018.

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  • Trick or Trees

    Child painting a pumpkin
    Kids, enjoy games and crafts. Costumes encouraged. Weekends in October and Columbus day at The Morton Arboretum. Weekends in October and Monday, October 8, 2018 (Columbus Day), 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Glass Pumpkin Patch

    Glass-blown pumpkin with several gourds
    Explore a dazzling collection of hand-blown glass pumpkins and other autumnal designs in mesmerizing colors, shapes, and sizes. At The Morton Arboretum, October 10 through 14, 2018

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  • Fall Photography Show at the Sterling Morton Library

    A maple tree has turned yellow with fall color.
    The Morton Arboretum Photographic Society members will display amazing photography of fall scenes in the Sterling Morton Library. Friday, October 12 through Sunday, October 14, 2018. Times vary.

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  • Cider and Ale Festival

    Adults enjoying a crisp fall day while sampling cider and ale
    Sample ciders and seasonal beers in the midst of rich fall color at the Cider and Ale Festival on October 20, 2018

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  • Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

    Colors splashed across the hemlock trees - Treemagination
    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. November 16, 2018 - January 1, 2019

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  • Enchanted Railroad

    Children and adults looking at the model railroad
    Watch an intricate railroad travel through a wonderland at a child-friendly level. January 11 through February 18, 2019

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