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Art at the Arb

The connection between nature and art has always been an important one here at the Arboretum. At any time, visitors can dig deeper and explore their passion for art by taking classes on nature photography, botanical art, and more. The Arboretum is also offering a variety of other artistic mediums for visitors to enjoy, including theatre, bonsai, and chamber concerts.
Every weekend through October, families can enjoy the excitement of live theatre while hiking throughout the West Side with Theatre-Hikes® at The Morton Arboretum. Theatre-Hikes® are the perfect way to introduce children to live theatre while being surrounded by the beauty of trees and nature. They’re fun for adults too! The first Sunday of the month is a low-impact hike, and each show lasts approximately two and half hours. Click here for more information including our show lineup, times, fees, and tips for a successful trip.
On September 21 and 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., join us for The Art of Bonsai and discover the many varieties of trees or plants that can be dwarfed to an artistic shape by special methods of growing, pruning, and training. Members of the Prairie State Bonsai Society will be demonstrating techniques for creating bonsai masterpieces. Bonsai and bonsai supplies will also be available for purchase. Register now for one of our bonsai workshops for adults and children ages 8-14.
Don’t miss our upcoming Chamber Concert Series, five intimate, classical concerts featuring performances by the Avalon String Quartet, The Newberry Consort, Second City Musick, the Fifth House Ensemble, and the Gaudete Brass Quintet. Each concert is followed by a sociable reception where guests can meet with each other and the musicians. Members, purchase your tickets now at mortonarb.org/chamberconcerts. Nonmember tickets go on sale September 16. Be sure to buy tickets to all five performances for a discounted rate. Not a member? Click here to become one today.
Arts programming at the Arboretum is partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency.
Interested in taking home a work of art? Check out our upcoming events at The Arboretum Store.