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.
The Morton Arboretum welcomes visitors with service animals to Illumination. (However, pets are not permitted at the Arboretum except on special dog admission days.)
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.
Ninety minutes, depending on your pace.
For Your Enjoyment
Enjoy a cozy fire, a snack, or a rest at one of the warming areas along the Illumination path.
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 Ginkgo Restaurant in the Visitor Center. For a quick bite, the cafe features salads, sandwiches, and pastries.
Try our NEW Spiced Nocino White Chocolate in the Ginkgo Restaurant. This tantalizing drink features Whiskey Acres Nocino liqueur distilled from black walnuts grown at the Arboretum and infused with warm, flavorful holiday spices. This mouthwatering mixture is added to velvety white chocolate, topped with rich whipped cream, and finished with a pirouette.
Download the free Morton Arboretum app for iPhone or Android. Launch the Illumination tour in English or Spanish.
During the week, enjoy various live entertainment in the Ginkgo room and around the trail. LEARN MORE
Tuesdays: Festive Sweater Night
Wednesdays: Champion Gear Night
Thursdays: Glow Wear Night
Show your themed apparel at the Member Services Desk to receive a coupon for one free general daytime admission to the Arboretum (excludes special events) and to be entered into a prize drawing. There will be one winner from each night. Share your apparel selfie on our Facebook page, Twitter, or Instagram with #IlluminationTMA .
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).