Morton Arboretum’s one-of-a-kind lights wonderland returns

Quickly becoming a can’t-miss Chicago tradition, Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum returns for its fifth year with a one-of-a-kind lights wonderland.

More than 50 acres and a mile-long paved path of majestic trees will glow, dance and light up the night. New this year are interactive wearable pendants that light up in sync with the event, plus the arboretum created timed-entry tickets to ease congestion.

This is truly a light spectacle like nothing you’ve ever seen—Sue Wagner, the arboretum’s vice president of education and information, describes it as “something truly magical”—with lights dancing to music by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, trees responding to hugs and mesmerizing scene projections.  

With warm beverages and snacks available in three tents and warming areas along the Illumination trail, this is one light show that needs to be on your family’s to-do list.

If you go


The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois 53, Lisle

Nov. 17-Jan. 1

Tickets are $12-$14 for kids; $18-$22 for adults

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