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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.

Buy tickets now!   Online purchasing of same day tickets is available until 7 p.m.  (if tickets remain to be sold)    

“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


Illumination Menu 

Outdoors (varies by location): 

Hot Chocolate, Warm Spiced Cider, and various snacks including hot pretzels, pizza puffs, holiday themed cookies, fudge brownies, and rice krispy treats. 

Indoors in the Ginkgo Restaurant: 

Hot Beverages:  Hot Chocolate, Warm Spiced Cider, and our  Specialty Hot Chocolates - Chocolate Peppermint Patty and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup 

Other Beverages: Assorted domestic, craft, and imported beers, wine by the glass, and a wide array of water, soda, and juices 

Meal Options: Chili, soups (two soups will be offered nightly), gourmet salads, both hot and cold sandwiches including paninis, burgers, and wraps, pizza by the slice, and macaroni & cheese. 

(Please note - Select cordials will be available to add into your hot beverage for an additional charge.)


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.

Illumination Live Entertainment Schedule 2014-2015

Entertainment in the Ginkgo Restaurant from 5:30-9:00p.m.
*outdoor performances, performance times vary

Saturday 11/22 Second Time Around
Sunday 11/23 Elmhurst College Jazz Band
Friday 11/28 Blue Aura and Frozen Robins*
Saturday 11/29 Frank & Dave and Frozen Robins*
Sunday 11/30 Rat Pack Jazz
Saturday 12/6 Guitarra Azul
Sunday 12/7 Bopology and Eisenhower Jr High School Choir*
Saturday 12/13 Classical Blast and Frozen Robins
Sunday 12/14 Jim Gifford Quartet and Wheaton Warrenville South Acappella groups*
Friday 12/19 Frozen Robins*
Saturday 12/20 28 Days and Frozen Robins*
Sunday 12/21 Rat Pack Jazz
Tuesday 12/23 Frozen Robins*
Friday 12/26 Frozen Robins*
Saturday 12/27 Frank & Dave and Frozen Robins*
Sunday 12/28 Rat Pack Jazz
Saturday 1/3 Frank & Dave

Local Radio Stations will also be present, stop by the Visitor Center to say "hello!"

Marti Jones WLS on Thursday, 12/4
Dick Biondi WLS on Saturday, 12/6
WTMX on Saturday, 12/13


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)

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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
                   Monday  - Friday from 10 a.m to 3 p.m.
                   Sorry, same day phone orders cannot be accommodated

IN PERSON: Stop by Visitor Center during open hours.


                   Online purchasing of same day tickets is available until 7 p.m. 

                   (if tickets remain to be sold)



Thank you to our Illumination Presenting Sponsors:

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