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Illumination: The experience

Illumination will engage your senses with dazzling projections, trees that respond to your touch and sound, and vivid, electric colors throughout. 

"The must-see new attraction this year is The Morton Arboretum's Illumination."

--West Suburban Living 


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Illumination MapNine interactive light experiences guide visitors down the Illumination path.

A grove of trees becomes a dynamic living canvas.   

Tinsel Colonnade
Lights, colors, and sounds cascade down from the tree branches.

Shadow Lanterns
See how patterns of light and shadows move with the wind.

Tree Harmony
Sing to black walnut trees and watch them change color.

Crystal Chandeliers
Lights sparkle and glow from beautiful chandeliers hung amid the trees across from the iconic four columns.

Island of Light
Make the trees change colors with the wave of your hand.

Project your face onto 30-foot-tall evergreens and see the grove in all four seasons.

Hug a Tree
Embrace a juniper and see how the colors respond to your hug.

Hedge Garden
Watch sweeping lights brush across trees and reach into the sky.


More to enjoy

Illumination ConcessionsConcessions provide food, beverages, and glowing gifts.
Enchanted Railroad
Find Thomas the Tank Engine™ and other holiday favorites on display at the Enchanted Railroad.  

Warming areas
Enjoy a cozy fire, s'mores, and rest at one of three warming areas along the Illumination path.

Food and beverages
Hot cocoa, coffee, s'more kits, and more are available for purchase at one of three concessions.  Illumination food and beverage menu

Glowing gifts
Illuminating treasures can be purchased at concessions and within The Arboretum Store.   

Illumination photos

Illumination in Arbor CourtIllumination snowflakes alight Arbor Court.

Illumination Tree HarmonyTree Harmony

Illumination Warming AreaWarming Area

Illumination PersonalitreesPersonalitrees

Illumination Tinsel ColonnadeTinsel Colonnade

Thank you to our Illumination Presenting Sponsors:

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