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Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

Illumination at The Morton Arboretum
From November 21, 2014 through January 3, 2015, the grounds of The Morton Arboretum will glow again  with dazzling LED lights and trees that respond to touch and sound, as Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum makes its return.

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“Prepare to be dazzled…Illumination is something entirely new.” —Chicago Tribune


See trees in a different light.

  • Don’t miss the return of this groundbreaking, interactive spectacle
  • Stroll over a mile of innovative lights and projections
  • Experience trees that respond to your hug or voice
  • Enjoy the new Symphony Woods with music from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Share this one-of-a-kind family activity or romantic date

November 21, 2014 through January 3, 2015

Doors open: 5:00 p.m.
Last entry: 8:30 p.m.
Lights out: 9:30 p.m.

Illumination is closed Thursday, November 27; Monday, December 1; Monday, December 8; Monday, December 15; Wednesday, December 24; and Thursday, December 25.


Member-Only Early-Bird Pricing (purchased before midnight CST on Friday, October 31)

$10 Adult/$5 child (ages 2-17) (for any Illumination date)

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For Illumination dates November 21-26, December 2-19, and December 29-January 3:
$12 member adult/ $6 member child (ages 2-17)
$17 nonmember adult/ $11 nonmember child (ages 2-17)

For Illumination dates November 28-30, December 20-23, and December 26-28:
$15 member adult/ $8 member child (ages 2-17)
$20 nonmember adult/ $13 nonmember child (ages 2-17)


Tickets are limited. Advance purchase recommended. Please choose your date carefully as all Illumination tickets are date-specific and cannot be refunded. A $5 transaction fee will apply to any ticket exchanges, no exceptions.

CALL:  630-725-2066

IN PERSON: Stop by Visitor Center during open hours.


Thank you to our Illumination Presenting Sponsors:

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