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Theatre-Hikes® At The Morton Arboretum

Experience the theater on nature's stage. 

Walk along with the action of your favorite literary tales performed live among 1,700 acres of trees and beautiful landscapes. 


Plan Your Experience:

The first Sunday performance of each month will be a low-impact walk (suitable for strollers, walkers, and wheelchairs). This walk will be much shorter than a typical Theatre-Hikes performance. 

Each performance lasts approximately two and one-half hours, so please wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather, and bring a chair or blanket, water bottle, and insect repellent.

All performances begin at the Thornhill Shelter (Parking Lot 21).



Alice in Wonderland 

All performances at 1 p.m.
Weekends in July

Take a new look at a classic tale. Follow Alice on her antic adventures while getting a glimpse of the human psyche and dark shadows which can linger there. This performance is an exemplary instance of how a classic can be made 'new', and be turned into a satisfactory theatrical experience for older children and adults alike.  

Download the program here Alice in Wonderland Program.pdf

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown 

All performances at 1 p.m.
Weekends in August

 This comedic musical brings life to the comics we all can relate to.  It presents a day in the life of Charlie Brown, starting off with him sleeping through his alarm and missing the bus.  They all stress about a book report, Charlie writes to his pen-pal about a recent baseball game and they all learn what happiness means. Please note that this play takes place in one location and there are no hiking segments between scenes. 

Enchanted April

All performances at 1 p.m.
Weekends in September

Elizabeth von Arnim's novel tells the story of four dissimilar women in 1920s England who leave their damp and rainy environments to go on a holiday to a secluded coastal castle in Italy.


All performances at 3 p.m.
Weekends in October PLUS Columbus Day, October 13

Resurrected focuses on five famous Chicago scary tales, Resurrection Mary, Devil Baby of Hull House, Julia Petta, the Italian Bride, Francis Levy's Handprint all held together by the Wynekooop Murder investigation with audience participation.


Saturdays and Sundays,
July -October PLUS Columbus Day, Monday, October, 13 


Tickets on sale NOW


$5.00 child

$10.00 adult


$10.00 child

$20.00 adult

* Arboretum admission is included in the nonmember price

CALL:  630-725-2066

IN PERSON: Stop by Visitor Center during open hours.


All sales are final. 
Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable so please make your selections carefully. The Morton Arboretum reserves the right to shorten or cancel a performance for any reason, at any time.