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Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum


About the exhibition

See trees in a different light at Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. 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, captivating lighting designs, and warm up by a crackling fire with a cozy drink or roast marshmallows for s’mores.

In this unparalleled spectacle of color, light, and sound, you will be awed and delighted to see returning favorites and surprising new sights, including Tree Fascination–a brilliant digital projection of immersive color and pattern on a grove of Eastern white and Scots pine trees. Illumination will highlight the many gifts of trees: natural beauty, increased feelings of peace and calm, homes for wildlife, and the air we breathe. This year’s event will debut a new route with a more spacious pathway.
 

IllumiBrew

Friday, November 22, 2019
Be among the first to see Illumination’s newest features while you sample seasonal beers, ciders, and meads from popular Chicagoland breweries stationed along the path. Warm up by a crackling fire with a cozy drink or roast marshmallows for s’mores. Then venture indoors to enjoy music and a full-dinner menu in the Ginkgo Restaurant. Tickets include 12 3-oz. tastings and entry to Illumination. Designated driver tickets are also available. Ages 21+ only. 
 

Members always save

Members always save on Illumination tickets, and save the most in October with an extra discount. Join today!

Members AnyDay Tickets 
Available in a limited quantity and exclusively to members. These premium-priced tickets can be used for a one-time entry whenever the ticket holder arrives during Illumination hours, no matter what day or time, even if the exhibition is sold out. They’re perfect for people who want flexibility during the busy holiday season or as a gift. Limit 10 AnyDay tickets per member. Member $30 (adult & child) Buy now
 

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Generously supported by
Invesco and ComEd

November 23, 2019–January 5, 2020

First Entry: 4:30 p.m. Last Entry: 8:30 p.m. Exhibition Closes: 9:30 p.m.

Closed: November 25, 28 (Thanksgiving Day); December 2, 9, 16, 24 (Christmas Eve), and 25 (Christmas Day)

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IllumiBrew Tickets
Standard Tickets
Peak Tickets
Friday, November 22
IllumiBrew
Member
Adult: $
55.00
Nonmember
Adult: $
60.00

Advanced purchase is recommended as many nights sell out. Click below to see ticket availability.

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IllumiBrew
5:30–10:00 p.m.
Be among the first to see Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum’s newest features while you sample seasonal beers, ciders, and meads from popular Chicagoland breweries stationed along the path. Warm up by a crackling fire with a cozy drink or roast marshmallows for s’mores. Then venture indoors to enjoy music and a full-dinner menu in the Ginkgo Restaurant. Tickets include 12 3-oz. tastings and entry to Illumination. Designated driver tickets are also available. Ages 21+ only.

Designated Driver 
Includes entry to Illumination, one complimentary hot beverage (cider or cocoa), unlimited water and soda, and music in the Ginkgo Room.
Member: $25
Nonmember: $30