VISIT & explore

Fall Color Festival

See the world through a kaleidoscope of brilliantly-colored trees while enjoying grilled goodies and taffy apples, Theatre-Hikes®, a scarecrow trail around Meadow Lake, a 5K run/walk, and much more. 


Scarecrow Trail 

Daily in October
7:00 a.m-sunset

Meadow Lake Trail
Admire nature-themed scarecrows showcased around Meadow Lake.
FREE with Arboretum admission


Festive Fall Fare

Weekends in October
Savor seasonal delights that the whole family will enjoy, including sliced taffy apples with your choice of delicious toppings.


Drop-in Discoveries

October, Weekdays: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Children's Garden
Go Crow Go: Learn about scarecrows and make a mini one of your own.

Weekends: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Children's Garden
Trick or Trees: Play tricky games and fashion fall crafts. Pumpkin painting available for a small fee. 


Fall Color 5K Run & Walk

Sunday, October 5
8:00 am 5K Run/Walk
9:00 am Kids Dash
East Side
Run under a canopy of brilliant fall color on our rolling, USATF-certified course. 
Adult: member $25/ nonmember $30
NEW member Offer: $75 (member registration price + 1 year Morton I membership)
Virtual Runner/Walker: $25
Child (10 & younger): member $10/ nonmember $12



Weekends in October PLUS Columbus Day, October 13
3:00 p.m.
Thornhill Shelter (Parking Lot 21)
Resurrected focuses on five famous Chicago scary tales.  
Adult: member $10/ nonmember $20
Child: member $5/ nonmember $10


4th annual Glass Pumpkin Patch

October 15-19
Explore exquisite, one-of-a-kind pumpkins and other autumnal designs in captivating colors and sizes made exclusively for this event. Plus meet and greet the artists and enjoy live glassblowing demonstrations. 

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Weekends in October




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