Plan Your Illumination Experience

 

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Time to Arrive

The time on your ticket is the start of your half-hour entry window. Last admission is at 8:30 p.m. Once admitted, you can stay as long as you like until the exhibition closes at 9:30 p.m.

Allow 10 to 15 minutes prior to your ticket time to park your car and make your way to the Illumination entrance outside the Visitor Center. 

Parking

Parking is included in the price of admission. Accessible parking is available. Learn more about accessibility at Illumination.

If on-site parking reaches capacity, the gatehouse attendant may redirect you to off-site parking. A complimentary shuttle will be provided.

How Much Time Does Illumination Require?

Ninety minutes, depending on your pace.

Prepare for the Outdoors
Dress appropriately for the weather and walking. Warm shoes or boots with good traction and low heels are recommended. 

For Your Enjoyment

Warming areas

Enjoy a cozy fire, a snack, or a rest at one of the warming areas along the Illumination path.

Food and beverage

Snacks and hot beverages (with optional cordials) are available in concession tents along the Illumination trail. Savor a full dinner menu, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in the Visitor Center.

App tour

Download the free Morton Arboretum app for iPhone or Android. Launch the Illumination tour in English or Spanish.

Complimentary Entertainment

During the week, enjoy various live entertainment in the Ginkgo room and around the trail. LEARN MORE

If Illumination Is Cancelled Due to Weather

On very rare occasions we may cancel an evening. We consider many factors, including predictions from the National Weather Service, before making a decision that impacts many people. If we cancel an evening of Illumination, we will honor your tickets on other nights, schedule permitting. For more information, call our ticket line at 630-725-2066 between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on any day (except holidays and days we are closed due to weather).

Illumination Photos

Ropes of light traversing across Meadow Lake - Meadow Lake Magic
Ropes of light on Meadow Lake

A couple standing near the chandeliers of Crystal Promenade
A couple standing near the chandeliers of Crystal Promenade

A grove of hemlocks becomes a dramatic screen for abstract video.
A grove of hemlocks becomes a dramatic screen for abstract video.

Colored orbs on Ornament Hill
Colored orbs on Ornament Hill

Families standing around a firepit
Fire pits in Arbor Court