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Morton Arboretum

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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.



Address: 4100 Illinois Rte 53

Transport: Train: Burlington/Santa Fe to Lisle. Take cab two miles to destination.
Price: 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
Opening hours: Daily 7am–sunset
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  • Festivals Saturday June 20 2020

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This review is specifically regarding the Illumination Lights Program over the holidays.

We were gifted the experience, but they closed on the day we were to go last season due to dangerous temperatures and their policy does not allow for us to use the vouchers that have already been paid for and unused. Wow! What a policy! In terms of customer service, let me just say that policy is such a scam. To boot, the person I dealt with was flat out cold and standoffish. Luckily, I've been with my family before and they were unimpressed. Mostly, my kids were miserable walking. There are so many better displays in other suburbs and nearby Wisconsin that allow you to drive through if you prefer not to have to hear the kids whining and crying from being cold and the reality is this is not geared towards kids. They try to make it interactive at points, but it misses the mark. I wouldn't recommend this for families to start with, but the customer service just sealed the deal. If you'd like to stay in the comfort of your vehicle and spend less money to have the same type of experience, I'm happy to provide alternatives.

The Morton Arboretum is my favorite spot to visit during the summer & fall seasons. It's a great place to go when you need a break from the city for a bit. They have a phenomenal collection of plants and trees from all over the world that make up their various landscapes. And lovely trails all along the grounds that take you through each landscape. No matter the season, something is always blooming at The Morton Arboretum.