Morton Grove Arboretum Illumination: Your Holiday Must Visit!

by Amanda on November 22, 2017

The holiday season is upon us and we, at Chicago Home Partner, spend much of our time reflecting on how lucky we are to have a supportive base of friends, family and past clients.  We know we don’t say it often enough, but THANK YOU for all your continued support.

One of my favorite things about this time of year is how our city comes alive with decorative lights.  From Lincoln Park to Lisle, it’s hard to go anywhere without witnessing a visual celebration of the season.

A few years ago, I took advantage of one of those crisp, cold January days to do some hiking at Morton Arboretum. I couldn’t help but notice thousands upon thousands of Christmas lights hanging from the trees.  I quickly found out that this was part an ongoing celebration called Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum.  Visitors are taken through a magical wintertime walk in the woods as acres of the Arboretum’s majestic trees glow in mesmerizing hues of blue, green, purple, and magenta.  We had missed the festival, but vowed to return and witness it ourselves.

Fast forward to 2016… We piled out of our car around 5:30pm in a PACKED parking lot and were immediately transported into a wonderland of sights and sounds.  My description CANNOT do it justice. It was simply amazing and something everyone needs to experience.

It’s always hard to find things to do that everyone in the family will enjoy, but I can honestly say that Illumination will impress across the board.  This festival has become an annual staple with my family, and I guarantee it will become one of yours too.

We’ve compiled all the information below you might need as well as some, “Pro Tips”, to make your visit an amazing one.

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We truly have so much to be grateful for.

Amanda, Tiffany, Ressie and Jared


1Morton Arboretum Holiday Lights

Good for:  Adults, kids, grandparents and out of towners!
Where:  Morton Arboretum
When:  November 18th – January 2nd
Click here for ticket prices and the Official Website


Adults and children of all ages will become kindred spirits as 50 acres of vibrant LED lights are hung on the Morton Arboretum’s vast treescape, creating a kaleidoscopic winter wonderland. Take a magical walk through the one-mile illuminated path with integrated video and sound media plus interactive elements. This year, enjoy the dancing lights of the new Symphony Woods featuring the music of the Nutcracker Suite and enjoy the Meadow Lake Magic where lights create the illusion of skipping stones.

New this year: Tickets are for both a specific date and time, starting at 4:30 p.m. each evening. The time on your ticket is the start of your half-hour entry window. Last admission is at 8:30 p.m.  Once admitted, you can stay as long as you like until the exhibition closes at 9:30 p.m.

Allow 10 to 15 minutes prior to your ticket time to park your car and make your way to the Illumination entrance outside the Visitor Center.

COST OF YOUR VISIT TO ILLUMINATION:
Member Tickets

Weekend (Friday/Saturday/Sunday)
Adult: $17
Child (2 to 17 years old): $9
Weekday (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday)
Adult: $13
Child (2 to 17 years old): $7

Non-member Tickets
Weekend (Friday/Saturday/Sunday)
Adult: $22
Child (2 to 17 years old): $14

Weekday (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday)
Adult: $18
Child (2 to 17 years old): $12

Children under the age of two are admitted to Illumination for free. No ticket is necessary.

Download the full Illumination program here and enjoy the video for what’s in store below!

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