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Colorful lights decorate Meadow Lake Trail
Enjoy live musical performances in the Ginkgo Room from 5:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., glowing dancers along the trail from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., and roaming carolers along the trail from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., on select nights, during Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum.
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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.) Tickets on sale now.
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A bottle of wine and glasses
Celebrate the holidays with a special night out! Enjoy Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum, paired with a wine tasting. Thursday, November 30, and Friday, December 1, 2017
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Paul Galbraith with his guitar
All concerts in our 2017-2018 Chamber Concert Series are sold out! Select Sundays, November, 2017 through March, 2018 at 2:15 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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The Morton Salt railroad car and the Hub Group railroad car.
Watch an intricate railroad travel through a wonderland at a child-friendly level. January 13 - February 19, 2018
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Couples enjoying an elegant Valentine's Day dinner in the Ginkgo Restaurant.
Share a romantic dinner with someone you love with the sweep of Meadow Lake before you. February 11 or 14, 2018 at The Morton Arboretum.
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The Morton Arboretum logo,the leaves to the left of the base of the tree represent the years that have passed. The full-grown tree signifies the present. The acorns to the right of the tree anticipate the future.
Arriving in April 2018. Search for giant wooden trolls created by Thomas Dambo, a Danish artist who sculpts with reclaimed wood. They'll be living among our trees.
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Families gather on the grass sitting on picnic blankets
Enjoy live music, kid-friendly fare, and entertainment 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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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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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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