IllumiBrew Preview Event

Adults clustered together enjoying winter woods brought to life with innovative lights and projections.

Schedule and Location

Friday, November 16, 2018
6:00–10:00 p.m.

Be among the first to see the new season of Illumination at our new IllumiBrew preview and beer tasting event, just for adults. See Illumination’s newest features while you sample seasonal and speciality beers from twenty of the area's best local breweries, stationed outdoors along the path. Afterwards, warm up and enjoy live music inside the Ginkgo Restaurant. 

Ages 21+ only.


As you plan your visit, please note the Visitor Center Building, Ginkgo Restaurant, and Arboretum Store will be closed 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on this evening.


Participating Breweries: 

2 Fools Cider

350 Brewing Co.

Aleman Brewing Company

Alter Brewing Company

Banging Gavel Brews

Blue Nose Brewing

Church Street Brewing Company

Dry City Brew Works

Elmhurst Brewing Co.

Hickory Creek Brewing Company

Illuminated Brew Works

Lake Effect Brewing Company

Midnight Pig Beer

Midwest Meadwerks

Miskatonic Brewing Company

MyGrain Brewing

Penrose Brewing Company

Pollyanna Brewing Company

Revolution Brewing

Skeleton Key Brewery

Solemn Oath Brewery

Two Brothers Artisan Brewing


For Your Enjoyment

Warming areas
Enjoy a cozy fire, a snack, or a rest at one of the warming areas along the Illumination path.

Food and beverage
Snacks and hot beverages are available in concession tents along the Illumination trail. Savor a full dinner menu in the Visitor Center.

Take a break from the trail and enjoy live music by AD3 Acoustic Trio in the Gingko Room from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm. 

Fees and Admission

IllumiBrew admission includes entry to Illumination, 12-3 oz beer tastings, and live music in the Ginkgo Room.
Member: $50.00
Nonmember: $55.00

Designated Driver admission includes entry to Illumination, one complimentary hot beverage (cider or cocoa), unlimited water and soda, and live music in the Ginkgo Room.
Member/Nonmember: $25.00

Owing to the higher ticket price for this event, AnyDay tickets, or complimentary tickets for the 2018-19 Illumination season cannot be used for this event. 

Due to the popularity of this event, a $10 fee will be added to any day-of-event ticket price, including Designated Driver Pricing. Please note, that day-of pricing will begin online at midnight, November 16.


BY PHONE: 630-725-2066, Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours

ONLINE: Buy Tickets Now

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