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  • The Morton Arboretum's Namesake Beer Now Available In Local Stores

    The Morton Arboretum’s first namesake beer, a traditional amber ale brewed with oak chips collected from the Arboretum’s own grounds, is now available in six-packs in area grocery and liquor stores in Chicago’s western suburbs.
  • Celebrate Fall With A Trip To The Morton Arboretum's Glass Pumpkin Patch

    Thousands of glittering orbs rest atop hay bales, on wooden shelves and even in the bed of an antique pick-up truck, their colorful swirls and patterns glinting in the autumn sunlight. The popular Glass Pumpkin Patch returns to The Morton Arboretum, October 12-16.
  • The Morton Arboretum Featured In New Natural History Collections On Google Arts & Culture

    The Morton Arboretum and the Google Cultural Institute are inviting people to an interactive, dynamic and immersive discovery experience of the diversity and fragility of nature in an unprecedented way.
  • Fall For The Morton Arboretum This October

    Sunlight streams through leaves burnished a brilliant gold. On a crisp morning hike along a winding wood-chipped trail, a vibrant canopy of trees from around the world rustles in the breeze. Red, yellow and orange leaves as vivid as the shades on a painter’s palette beckon.
  • Give Your Autumn A Running Start With The Morton Arboretum's 13th Annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk

    Breathe in crisp fall air and enjoy the orange, red and purple changing leaves during the 13th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk and Kid’s Dash on Sunday, October 2. The race, which includes a post-race party complete with live music, officially kicks off the Arboretum’s Fall Color Festival taking place throughout October.
  • Explore The International At The Morton Arboretum's Passport Europe Festival

    Take a trip across the pond to experience the vibrant cultures and long-held traditions of Europe at The Morton Arboretum’s Passport Europe Festival, Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25. The festival will include storytelling, dancing and authentic cuisine inspired by several European countries.
  • Have A 'Paw'some Day At The Morton Arboretum's Tails On The Trails

    The Morton Arboretum invites furry friends and their owners to explore 16 scenic miles of hiking trails, woodlands and prairies during the Tails on the Trails event on Saturday, September 10.
  • The Morton Arboretum Invites Visitors Behind The Scenes For South Farm Adventure Day

    The Morton Arboretum’s $63 million Growing Brilliantly campaign is underway, as evidenced by new construction taking place on the grounds to expand and improve its tree-focused operations and services. The public is invited to learn about some of the Growing Brilliantly projects with an afternoon of fun activities at the Arboretum, including a chance to see champion tree climbers in action, during South Farm Adventure Day.
  • Illumination: Tree Lights At The Morton Arboretum Returns On November 18

    Returning this November to The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum brings exciting new features and re-imagined experiences together for a one-of-a-kind holiday event perfect for all ages. In its fourth year, Illumination ushers visitors through a magical wintertime walk in the woods, surrounded by a kaleidoscope of vivid, colored lights and surprising and delightful interactive effects.
  • The Morton Arboretum To Host New Wine And Art Walk

    Strolling the pathway surrounding The Morton Arboretum’s Meadow Lake, visitors are met with a beautiful border of tall native grasses, colorful wildflowers, magnificent trees, and on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, nature-inspired art.
  • The Morton Arboretum Welcomes Back The Destination Asia Festival

    Take a journey to the East during The Morton Arboretum’s third annual Destination Asia Festival, Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7. The two-day festival will give visitors a glimpse into Asian culture with traditional performances, arts and athletic demonstrations – including sumo wrestling with the largest Japanese sumo wrestler in the world – authentic cuisine, and a chance to learn about the Arboretum’s diverse collection of trees from China, Japan, and Korea.
  • September-October Events, Programs And Classes At The Morton Arboretum

    The Morton Arboretum is celebrating its signature season in style with great events and programs for all ages. The popular dog-friendly event Tails on the Trails makes its return this September, along with the authentic music, dance and cuisines of the Passport Europe Festival. September is also the last month to catch the 23 whimsical copper frog sculptures of Ribbit! The Exhibit, going on through September 25.
  • The Morton Arboretum's New Farmhouse Saison Ale Launches This June

    Spiced with juniper berries and finished with a twist of lime, The Morton Arboretum’s refreshing new brew, Joy Path Juniper Saison Ale, will make its official debut later this June. This warm-weather beer, which includes berries harvested from the Arboretum’s own grounds, follows its first namesake brew, Arbor Oak Amber Ale. Both are brewed in partnership with Chicago’s Lake Effect Brewery.
  • The Morton Arboretum Announces $63 Million Capital Campaign

    The Morton Arboretum, one of the world’s leading tree-focused research institutions, has launched a five-year, $63 million capital campaign, raising more than $35.6 million in its early stages. The Growing Brilliantly campaign will enable the Arboretum to deepen its scientific and conservation work, expand new tree development, and improve core facilities to meet its strategic vision, including the redevelopment of South Farm, which serves as the operations and plant production hub for the 1,700-acre Arboretum.
  • Cast Bios For Nature: An Outdoor Walking Play

    Cast bios for Nature: An Outdoor Walking Play
  • Media Testimonials For Nature: An Outdoor Walking Play

    Critics praise and audiences cheer this outdoor walking play.
  • The Morton Arborteum Presents The Acclaimed Outdoor Production Nature, For A Limited Engagement

    The Morton Arboretum’s beautiful woodlands and tree-lined clearings set the scene for the acclaimed outdoor walking play, Nature. Playing select days July 8-31, this unique theatrical event about the lives of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau is an experience like no other—as an award-winning ensemble of actors and musicians bring audiences into a playful and deeply-moving journey through their natural environment. Nature, presented by TigerLion Arts, is filled with music, song, story and celebration with scenes unfolding around audience members as they follow the ensemble through the grounds.
  • Growing Brilliantly Dinner Party Raises More Than $410,000 In Support Of The Morton Arboretum

    On Saturday, May 21, The Morton Arboretum welcomed nearly 400 guests to the Growing Brilliantly Dinner Party in support of the institution’s tree collections, research, and education programs. Emceed by tree champions Bill Kurtis and Donna LaPietra, the Arboretum’s annual fundraising event raised a record-breaking $410,760— funds that will allow the Arboretum to increase the impact of its tree-focused mission throughout the Chicago region and worldwide.
  • July-August 2016 At The Morton Arboretum

    The Morton Arboretum is celebrating the long days and warm evenings of summer with fantastic exhibits, events and programs for the whole family. New this summer, take a journey through time with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau during the acclaimed outdoor walking play “Nature,” July 8-31. In late August, join us for a leisurely stroll around Meadow Lake while shopping from local artists during our first-ever Wine and Art Walk, August 27-28. And cyclists won’t want to miss the new Bikes, Branches and Bites event on August 13. Bike on vehicle-free roads, and enjoy live music and food trucks!
  • Celebrate 2016 National Public Gardens Day At The Morton Arboretum

    Friday, May 6 is National Public Gardens Day, a chance to recognize the country’s public gardens and the key role they play in bringing awareness and support to important scientific and environmental research, conservation and education. To celebrate, The Morton Arboretum is offering reduced admission to all visitors all day long on May 6—$9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for youth age 2-17—and the opportunity to take part in fun and educational events highlighting the importance of public gardens.