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Plan Your Illumination Experience

Before You Arrive

Tickets: Print or download your tickets to a mobile device before arriving at the Arboretum to ensure a smooth check-in process. 
Timing: Because the new driving experience is carefully timed, ticket holders are asked to arrive at the time displayed on the ticket, or no more than 15 minutes later. Ticket holders will not be able to enter the exhibition earlier than the ticket time. 
Directions: To find the best way to get to the Arboretum, click here.
Map: Preview the Illumination map to see the attractions that are featured along the 2-mile driving route. 
Refreshments: Bring your favorite snacks and non-alcoholic beverages to complement your Illumination experience. Drive-up concessions have been canceled in response to the evolving coronavirus situation.
Pets: As a driving experience with no stops, all pets must be left at home. Service animals are always welcome. 
Get Settled: If you are planning to join others for this event, all guests must be in their desired vehicles prior to arrival. We are unable to accommodate vehicle changes and parking is not available for those wishing to ride with others.

During Your Illumination Experience

When You Arrive: After checking in at the gatehouse, follow signage for the restrooms as needed before entering the main exhibition queue. This will be your only opportunity  to use the restroom before you embark on your Illumination experience. 
Audio: To enhance your Illumination experience, set your radio to channel 88.5FM.

Restrooms: Restrooms are only available in Parking Lot 1 (P1) before you enter the exhibition. All buildings at The Morton Arboretum, including the Visitor Center and The Arboretum Store, are closed during Illumination exhibition hours. 

  • The speed limit through the exhibition is 5 mph.
  • Stay inside your vehicle at all times.
  • Do not stop or get out of your vehicle to take pictures of the displays.
  • Do not pass the vehicle in front of you or honk at other vehicles.
  • In case of emergency, please contact Arboretum Security at 630-878-1566 and provide your location as posted on the nearest visible roadside sign.


After Your Visit

Survey: Watch your email for a post-visit survey to share valuable feedback about your Illumination experience.


If Illumination is canceled due to inclement weather

On very rare occasions an evening may be canceled. The Arboretum considers many factors, including predictions from the National Weather Service, before making a decision that impacts many people. In the event of a cancelation, Illumination tickets will be refunded and you can reschedule as capacity allows. 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 and days we are closed due to weather).