Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum


  • Tall tree-like structures spreads intricate designs of light across the landscape
  • Lighted orbs adorn the hillside
  • Chandeliers sparkle and shine amid the branches of Douglas fir trees.
  • Hemlocks are transformed into a screen of abstract shapes

Schedule and Location

Tickets were available through Tuesday, January 1, 2019

See trees in a different light at Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. You'll be surrounded by color as you walk a one-mile paved path amid interactive lighting effects that highlight the beauty of trees in winter. Enjoy seasonal music, marvel at ever-changing, interactive lighting designs, and warm up by a crackling fire with a cozy drink or roast marshmallows for s’mores.

Fees and Admission

Ticket sales for the 2018-19 season have ended.


Ticket Exchanges

Choose your dates carefully, as all Illumination tickets are for a specific date and time. Ticket purchases are nonrefundable. No refunds or credits will be given for ticket non-use or weather. You may be able to exchange your tickets in advance, however, depending upon event capacity. Same-day exchanges cannot be accommodated.

There will be an exchange fee of $5 per transaction and, if necessary, an upgrade in ticket price to match the cost of your new day and time.

If we cancel an evening of Illumination, we will honor your tickets on other nights, schedule permitting. For more information, call our ticket line at 630-725-2066 between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on any day (except holidays).


Illumination is generously supported by Invesco QQQ and ComEd.

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