Arbor Evenings: Music and More


  • Visitors sitting on blankets and canvas chairs listening to live music outside
  • Visitors on canvas lawn chairs sitting under a tree listening to live music
  • Visitors on canvas lawn chairs sitting under a tree listening to live music
  • A family sitting on the grass listening to a family friendly band

Schedule and Location

Wednesdays, June 6 through August 29, 2018

2018 Entertainment Schedule

August 1       Soda
August 8       Pirates Over 40
August 15     Dick Diamond and the Dusters
August 22     Final Groove
August 29     R-Gang

Unwind with family and friends on Wednesday evenings at The Morton Arboretum this summer. Mingle as you enjoy live music and dancing, lawn games, refreshing beverages, and delicious tapas in a green clearing surrounded by beautiful trees. There’s no better way to celebrate the leisurely evenings of summer than this!

Tickets include event admission, one complimentary beverage (beer, wine, or soda), activities, and live music. Tickets are required for all guests 21 years old and older. Families are welcome; children admitted free. Find out more about our Fast Pass, allowing you an easier entry process and a lower cost per event!

View the Ginkgo Grill menu for Arbor Evenings

Fees and Admission

Members: $12
Nonmembers: $17
Under 21: Free 

Fast Pass
If you plan to attend Arbor Evenings multiple times with friends and family, consider purchasing a Fast Pass,12 entries to our new Arbor Evenings.    

Arrival and Entry

  • Music is from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Ticket sales begin at 5:00 p.m.
  • Admission to The Morton Arboretum is waived after 4:30 p.m. for those who indicate that they are attending Arbor Evenings. 
  • Parking is located near the Visitor Center. Once the main lot is full, you will be directed to the nearest available lot. All lots are approximately 0.3 miles from the event location.
  • All entries are general admission. Event area opens at 5:00 p.m.
  • Thornhill Society members receive early entry to the lawn at 4:45 p.m. on select evenings in 2018: June 20, July 18, and August 15.
  • Tickets are required for all guests over the age of 21. Guests should be prepared to have their ID checked at the ticket booth to receive a wristband for event entry.
  • Check-in is required for guests of all ages.
  • You are welcome to explore the rest of the grounds during your visit; your wristband is needed for re-entry to concert lawn.
  • All shows are outdoors. Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged. In the event of extreme or severe weather, concerts may be cancelled for the safety of guests.

Group Reservations and Catering

Interested in group seating? Please contact Ginkgo Catering for more information.
Email:  By Phone: 630-719-2457

What to Bring

  • Seating is all on the grass, bring a blanket or chair. No chairs will be provided.
  • Guests may bring outside food. Tapas plates will also be available to purchase.
  • Guests may bring sealed non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Guests may bring low portable tables and wagons.

What NOT to bring

  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted to be brought in and all outside alcohol will be confiscated. Wine, beer, water, and other beverages will be available for purchase during the event.
  • Unsealed beverages (of any kind) are not allowed into event.
  • Pets (excluding service animals)
  • Large umbrellas that block the view of others, small rain umbrellas are ok.
  • Open flame candles
  • Tobacco products of any kind (including electronic cigarettes)
  • Large tables (4, 6, or 8 foot tables)


  • Accessible parking is available in Parking Lot 1. Guests may also use the circle in front of the Visitor Center for drop-off and pick-up.
  • Wheelchairs are available for loan at no charge at the Visitor Center. A driver’s license or ID is retained to ensure return. At the end of each event, wheelchairs must be returned to the Breezeway.
  • Accessible seating area will be located along the paved sidewalk.
  • The event area is approximately 0.3 miles from parking locations.


Weather Updates

All weather related event updates will be communicated through our Morton Arboretum Facebook page, website, and the weather hotline at 630-719-2400. If needed, these channels will be updated Wednesday at approximately 3:00 p.m. with weather information.

Questions? Read the Arbor Evenings frequently asked questions.

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