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Fall Color Festival

Enjoy Fall Color Festival at The Morton Arbroetum

See the world through a kaleidoscope of brilliantly-colored trees while enjoying grilled goodies and taffy apples, a haunted hike, a Mystery Dinner at Thornhill, a 5K run & walk,  and much more. 


Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® bricks by Sean Kenney

Now through  November 1, 2015
7:00 a.m-sunset
Calling all LEGO® fans! 464,770 LEGO bricks + 4,170 hours of creativity = 13 larger-than-life sculptures, including 27 individual figures inspired by nature = 1 awesome outdoor adventure! learn more

Scarecrow Trail 

Daily in October
7:00 a.m-sunset

Meadow Lake Trail
Admire creations from local scout troops and vote for your favorite scarecrow.
FREE with Arboretum admission

Splendid Spiders

Daily in October
Weekdays, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Weekends, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Some people think they’re scary, but we think they’re spectacular!  Find out where spiders live and how they help our gardens.  We’ll even have some spider specimens to look at.

LEGO® brick Play: Spiders

Weekends in October
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Can you build a spider?  What else will nature inspire you to build?  Please play and let the bricks stay as you create your own LEGO masterpieces


Trick or Trees

Weekends in October
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Play tricky games, fashion fun fall crafts, and plant a tree seed to take home as your treat.  Small pumpkins to paint will also be available for purchase.  learn more

Chef's Table: Vegetarian Italian - SOLD OUT

October 1, 2015
Enjoy a four-course meal and learn how to put your vegetable garden’s harvest to good use.

Introduction to Making Mead

Friday, October 2
Learn about the history and supplies needed to make this botanical liquor created with honey. Ages 21+

Annual Bulb Sale

Daily, October 5-31, while supplies last
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Arboretum Store
Shop dozens of varieties of beautiful Dutch bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, iris, alliums,  crocus, fritillaria, and many more.  LEARN MORE


Fall Color 5K Run & Walk

October 4, 2015
Thank you for participating in our Fall Color 5K Run and Walk.


Theatre-Hikes®: In This Final Century 

Weekends in October PLUS Columbus Day, October 12, 2015
3:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center
Hike through colorful trees in this adaptation of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, as a modern-day heroine foils an alien invasion of Chicago. 
Member adult $10/member child $5
Nonmember adult $20/nonmember child $10

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Oaks Uncorked

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Visitor Center
Sample wine while Murphy Westwood, PhD, explains her work with endangered oak trees. This is a for ages 21 and older.


Fright in the Forest tram tour and night hike-SOLD OUT

October 9, 2015
Departs from Thornhill Picnic Shelter
Experience a spirited tram tour and haunted hike, ending with live music, cocktails, and snacks. This is for ages 16 and older.

Family Weekend 

October 10-12, 2015
Arbor Court and Children’s Garden
Bring the whole family for storytelling, face-painting, science experiments, critter shows, live music, and more!
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Spider City

October 10 & 11, 2015
11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Meet local spiders, praying mantises and even exotic tarantulas! Make a spider craft to take home!


Family Jack-O’-Lantern Hikes-SOLD OUT

October 10, 11, 17, or 18, 2015
Varied start times
Departs from Thornhill Shelter, Parking Lot 21
Join us on a family-friendly jack o lantern lit hike to explore the night life of owls, bats and spiders. 
Preregistration required
$16 members/ $19 nonmembers
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Meet the Beekeeper

October 12, 2015 - Columbus Day
Noon - 3:00 p.m.
Learn facts about bees and honey. July 11 and October 12, 2015. 
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Glass Pumpkin Patch

October 14-18, 2015
Open daily 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Purchasing begins October 16-18 (times vary)
Delight in colorful hand-blown glass sculptures, watch the artists in action, and shop for one-of-a-kind works of art. 
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Glass Pumpkin Workshops-SOLD OUT

October 12-16, 2015
Work with molten glass to create your own glass pumpkin paperweight.
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Nature at Night Tram Tour-SOLD OUT

October 17, 2015
7:00-9:00 p.m.

Visitor Center
Nightime reveals a captivating symphony of sounds, mysterious spaces, and wildlife on the move. 
$8 members/$10 nonmembers
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Tree Walk: Trees of the Prairie

October 21 or 24, 2015
Prairie Visitor Station
Learn how oaks, walnuts, maples and dogwoods survive and thrive on the forest edge of the prairie.
$8 members/$10 nonmembers
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Mystery Dinner at Thornhill Mansion-SOLD OUT

October 23 or 30, 2015
6:30-9:00 p.m
Step back in time to the 1920s for The Morton Arboretum’s Grand Opening Gala and help detectives solve a mysterious crime committed on the grounds! For adults 21 and older.
$95 members /$105 nonmembers

Cider and Ale Tasting

October 24, 2015
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Visitor Center
Enjoy the autumn air and fall color while exploring dozens of seasonal ales and hard ciders. This is for adults 21 and older.
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Full Moon Tram Tour-SOLD OUT

October 27, 2015
7:00- 9:00 p.m.
Visitor Center Entry
A captivating symphony of sounds, mysterious spaces, and wildlife on the move. Recommended for ages 16 and older.
$8 member/$10 nonmember
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Halloween at the Arb

October 31, 2015
All children will be admitted free to meet fantasy characters and take part in a trick-or-treating scavenger hunt .  The scavenger hunt will take place from 11:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. Halloween costumes are encouraged.
Regular admission fee applies for nonmember adults.

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Boo Breakfast

October 31, 2015
9:00-11:00 a.m.
Treat the family to a Halloween breakfast complete with visits from favorite characters. Costumes encouraged.
Member adult $30/member child $27
Nonmember adult $34/nonmember child  $31


Daily in October 2015
Timese vary



The Morton Arboretum thanks the following 2015 sponsors:

Fall Color Festival-Presenting Sponsor

DuPage Medical Group logo

Fall Color 5K Run & Walk sponsors

2015 Fall Color 5K Run & Walk sponsors

Arts programs at The Morton Arboretum are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency

Illinois Arts Council