Art & Entertainment

  • The Morton Arboretum Photographic Society (MAPS) Spring Exhibit

    A man and women are viewing art at an exhibit
    Enjoy original nature photography, many of which are of The Morton Arboretum grounds, at the sixth annual Nature Photography Exhibit of the Morton Arboretum Photographic Society (MAPS). Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, 2018,10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Troll Hunt

    Close-up of a giant troll created from discarded wood. His hand is wrapped around a tree trunk.
    From May 7 through June 21, 2018, artist-in-residence Thomas Dambo uses discarded wood to create six giant trolls, guardians of the forest, who will inhabit the Arboretum. The full hunt begins June 22, 2018!

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  • Leafing Through the Pages - Members' Book Discussion Group

    The Sterling Morton Library
    On the second Thursday of every month, Morton Arboretum members enjoy a morning of community, connectivity, and spirited book discussion.

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  • Wine Tasting

    Visitors walking around and sampling wine
    A Springtime Stroll with Wine and Trees, Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

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  • Arbor Evenings: Music and More

    Visitors sitting on the grass and in lawn chairs
    Wednesday is the new Friday! Unwind with wine and a live concert outdoors on summer evenings. Wednesdays, June 6 through August 29, 2018 except July 4.

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  • Personal Habitat: Creating a Haven for Wildlife (and Yourself)

    A women in an orange rain coat is carrying photography equipment through the forest.
    This is the story of an artist's love affair with a piece of land, and the birds, animals, and plants that inhabit it. Friday June 8, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

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  • Thursday Family Nights

    Families gather on the grass sitting on picnic blankets
    Enjoy live music, kid-friendly fare, and entertainment after-hours. Thursdays, June 14, through August 16, 2018 at The Morton Arboretum's Children's Garden. 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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  • An Evening with the Artist: Thomas Dambo

    Artist, Thomas Dambo sitting in front of one of his wooden trolls.
    Hear from Danish artist Thomas Dambo, creator of the Arboretum's summer exhibit Troll Hunt. Thursday, June 14, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

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  • Craft Beer Festival

    Visitors sampling craft beer
    Come sample local favorites and explore new beers from 40 breweries, surrounded by summer's beauty at the Arboretum. Saturday, June 23, 2018

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  • Mystery Dinner

    4 adults dressed in clothes circa 1970s
    Join us on Friday the thirteenth to help solve a 1980s themed mystery. Costumed encouraged, but not required. July 13, 2018.

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  • Destination Asia Festival

    A Toro Nagashi Japanese floating lantern display on water
    Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food and trees. Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5, 2018

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  • The Art of Bonsai

    Display of several Bonsai displays
    See bonsai displays and demonstrations, by Prairie State Bonsai Society members at The Morton Arboretum, August 4 & 5, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Bees and Bourbon

    The Morton Arboretum logo
    Enjoy a summery bourbon cocktail and get buzzed about bees with entomologist and author May Berenbaum. August 7, 2018.

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  • Grown-Up Play Date

    A couple playing giant Jenga
    Join us for Grown-Up Play Date, a night of fun for adults in the award-winning Children's Garden on August 10, 2018

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  • Wine and Art Walk

    Guests browsing near a tent where exhibitors are located
    Sip wine and shop for art as you stroll around Meadow Lake. Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19, 2018.

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  • Passport Europe Festival

    A German dance trio
    Immerse yourself in the diverse cultures of Europe with visits to our European tree collections, plus culinary delights, authentic musical performances, impressive dancing demonstrations, and much more. Saturday, September 22, and Sunday, September 23, 2018, at The Morton Arboretum.

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  • Glass Pumpkin Patch

    Glass-blown pumpkin with several gourds
    Explore a dazzling collection of hand-blown glass pumpkins and other autumnal designs in mesmerizing colors, shapes, and sizes. At The Morton Arboretum, October 10 through 14, 2018

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  • Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

    Colors splashed across the hemlock trees - Treemagination
    See trees in a different light. Our interactive experience filled with dazzling projections, trees that respond to your touch and voice, and vivid, electric colors throughout. November 16, 2018 - January 1, 2019

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