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Treehouses at The Morton Arboretum
Treehouses at The Morton Arboretum

Time Out says

In 1922, salt company magnate Joy Morton established this tree haven on 175 acres. Today it spans 1,700 acres of woodlands, gardens, wetlands and other natural areas. The backyard gardener or landscape professional can sign up for classes or learn about nature in a 27,000-volume library featuring 5,000 rare books, 62 rare magazine titles and 1,500 pre-20th-century nursery catalogs.


4100 Illinois Rte 53
Train: Burlington/Santa Fe to Lisle. Take cab two miles to destination.
Dec-Mar: $9, seniors 65 and older $8, kids ages 2–17 $9, kids ages 2–17 $6; April–Nov: $14 (Wed $9), seniors $12 (Wed $8), kids ages 2–17 $9 (Wed $6); kids 1 and younger always free
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What’s on


  • Sculpture

See eight towering sculptures by South African artist Daniel Popper at the Morton Arboretum's new outdoor exhibition, which spreads the 15- to 26-foot-tall works throughout the natural area. Made of glass-reinforced concrete, wood, fiberglass and steel, the one-of-a-kind pieces in "Human+Nature" depict human figures that evoke the natural landscape they're set amid, including a pair of 36-foot-long hands reaching out from a grove of oak trees and a maternal figure that springs up amid magnolia trees. Access to "Human+Nature" is included as part of timed-entry admission to the Morton Arboretum, and there's a map that will allow you to easily plan your visit and spot all eight  sculptures along the way.

Illumination: Tree Lights at Morton Arboretum

  • Festivals

Ready to get into the holiday spirit? The Morton Arboretum's annual holiday light show returns for its 10th anniversary this year as a mile-long, walk-through spectacle of LED lights and music, featuring a blend of new and returning light displays set amid 50 acres of trees. New features for 2022 include "Electric Illumination," a series of late-night parties with DJ-curated playlists that will synchronize progressive and trance house beats with the light shows, as well as a special finale exhibit in the arboretum's new Grand Garden. Timed entry tickets for Illumination, which will run from November 19 through January 7, go on sale October 1—keep an eye out for 20 percent off deals on select Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from event sponsor ComEd.  

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