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Theatre-Hikes® At The Morton Arboretum

A play taking place outdoors

Select Weekends:
July, August, September, and October, 2017
Thornhill Shelter (Parking Lot 21)

Walk along with the action of your favorite literary tales performed live among 1,700 acres of trees and beautiful landscapes. All Theatre-Hikes® are approximately two hours in length and will not exceed 2 miles in hiking distance. 


2017 Season:

July (6:30 p.m.) Performance : A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Dates: July 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 

Join us for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, set in the woods around Athens.  The play is perfect for for our hiking format.  As a family-friendly company we strive to reach a varied audience and this production is great for all ages, but intended to introduce younger audiences to the bard.  The light-up faeries, lead by the sprite, Puck, take us on a tale of a midsummer night and it’s "dreams”.  

August (6:00 p.m.) Performance: Around the World in 8 Plays

Dates: August 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 

Around the World in 8 Plays takes us on a fantastic voyage via tales from ... around the world.  The show is geared to all ages and is multicultural.  A traveling group of artists perform 8 tales throughout The Morton Arboretum from around the world.  These performers take the audience from Czechoslovakia through South Africa, Japan, Russia, India, Native America, Brazil to  finish in an ancient Celtic tale from the UK.  

September (1:00 p.m.) Performance: The Complete History of America (abridged)

Dates: September  9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 

The Complete History of America (abridged), is for anyone with a sense of humor.  Another masterpiece created by the Adam Long who brought us The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).  This piece begins with our ancient ancestors crossing the Bering Strait and finishes with an appearance of Barack Obama.  As with their other works, this piece incorporates audience participation, physical jokes and intellectual humor for an entertaining afternoon that will make your cheeks hurt from laughter. 

October (3:00 p.m.) Performance: Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe

Dates: October 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 28, 29 

Celebrate the season with Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe, the four tales that Poe himself thought were his most spooky; The Raven, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Tell-Tale Heart.  Edgar Allan Poe is the lead character through each tale, sometimes observing, but mostly experiencing these horrors along with you, our audience.

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2017 Individual Ticket Prices:


Adult $15/Child $10*


Adult $20/Child $15*

*Children are ages 2-17

2017 Season Ticket Prices**:


Adult: $45/Child: $30


Adult: $60/Child: $45

*Children are ages 2-17

*Our season ticket package is a gret deal! Buy three get one free! Please see below for details and instructions regarding Season Tickets. 




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

VISIT: In person at the Visitor Center during open hours


Arts programs at The Morton Arboretum are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency

Illinois Arts Council Agency