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Walking Plays at The Morton Arboretum


  • Actors portraying the Brothers Grimm tell their favorite stories using only the suitcases they arrive with and a little help from a young visitor
  • Visitors walking on a paved path during a performance

Schedule and Location

Plays begin at the Thornhill shelter on the West Side. 

3:00 p.m. on select dates in October

Walk along with the action of your favorite literary tales performed live among 1,700 acres of trees and beautiful landscapes. All Walking Plays are approximately 90 minutes in length and one mile in hiking distance. 


2019 Season:

October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27
3:00 p.m. showtime*
REVISED: A new take on the beloved Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tales! Based on “Scandal in Bohemia,” the story unfolds as the detectives find themselves investigating a blackmail scandal with a notorious rock star and his fiance. With the help of Inspector Lestrade, they solve the mystery while telling the tale of their own interesting pasts. Surprises abound! Please note that this performance is for ages 10+. The performance includes mature content, mild violence, and mentions of death. Hike is roughly one mile in distance.

*Fall weekends are popular days for visitation. Please allow up to 45 minutes to park and get to where the hike commences (Thornhill Shelter, Parking Lot 21).



American Sign Language (ASL)-interpreted performance 
​Saturday, October 12.

Low Impact Hike
Sunday, October 13
Low Impact Hikes are designed for guests with lower mobility; the hike covers a shorter distance (around half a mile) at a slower pace, and stays near paved paths wherever possible to avoid chipped trails and grassy areas.

If you require additional accommodations, please contact specialevents@mortonarb.org at least two weeks prior to the program date and the Special Events team will do their best to try and accommodate your needs. 


Fees and Admission

Individual ticket pricing:

Member: Adult $15 / Child $10 
Nonmember: Adult $20 / Child $15 

Subscribe to the 2019 season and save!

Season subscription pricing:
Member: Adult $40 / Child $25
Nonmember: Adult $55 / Child $40 

Subscription holders will also receive a Morton Arboretum reusable bag for carrying your blanket, bug spray, or water bottles along the trail.


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

IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours


Registration Information

All Walking Plays are written by Lara Filip and performed by members of the ArranmoreArts Professional Ensemble.

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