A Little Time and a Keyboard: Illumination Returns to Morton Arboretum {& Giveaway 11/15/14}

Illumination Returns to Morton Arboretum {& Giveaway 11/15/14}

Sunday, November 2, 2014

**Disclosure: The Morton Arboretum is generously supplying tickets for this event for a giveaway and for our family. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

Last year, The Morton Arboretum launched Illumination bringing an innovative and interactive series of light displays to the trees! From November 21-January 3, 2015 50 acres of LED lights will transform The Morton Arboretum into a spectacular wonderland. We had such a great time at Illumination last year and are thrilled that it is back!

Some of the light effects from last year!
Illumination is a walk through the woods with dazzling light displays throughout. Each display is unique and will have you wonder in amazement. Illumination is a fabulous way to add sparkle to the season while getting much needed fresh air!

Key portions of the amazing display:
  • Tree huggers: Hug trees and see their response!
  • Sing to the trees: Sing to the trees and see them change colors!
  • Symphony Woods: Lights dance in synchronized patterns to the sounds of the renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
  • Meadow Lake Magic: Light-patterned trees and a series of lit orbs dotting Meadow Lake create a visually entrancing experience.
  • Tinsel Colonnade: Cascades of multi-colored lights draped from trees like tinsel.
  • Fire Pits: Perfect places to warm up and even to make s'mores.
  • Live Entertainment: Local bands will be playing on weekends.
  • Children's activities: This year, Illumination will incorporate more children's activities like a scavenger hunt and interactive stations.

We visited Illumination and loved it! One of my favorite things about The Morton Arboretum is that it really is a destination for every season and I feel that Illumination really shows this off. Plus, there is really nothing like it so it such a special and unique way to celebrate winter and savor the holiday season. 

Intrigued? Here are some more details for your visit:
  • Illumination runs November 21-January 3, 2015. The fun starts at 5:00PM each night and ends at 9:30PM with last admission at 8:30PM.
  • During this period, Illumination will be closed November 27, December 1, 8, 15, 24 & 25.
  • Admission: 
    For Illumination dates November 21-26, December 2-19, and December 29-January 3:
              $12 member adult/ $6 member child (ages 2-17)
              $17 nonmember adult/ $11 nonmember child (ages 2-17)
          For Illumination dates November 28-30, December 20-23, and December 26-28:
                    $15 member adult/ $8 member child (ages 2-17)
                    $20 nonmember adult/ $13 nonmember child (ages 2-17)
  • Tickets can be purchased online from The Morton Arboretum or at the Visitor's Center at the arboretum. They also can be purchased by calling 630-719-2066 but there is a $5 surcharge for phone orders. 
  • Tickets are limited, so advanced reservation is recommended!!!!!
Giveaway time!

The Morton Arboretum has generously supplied a family 4 pack of tickets to Illumination for us to give away to one lucky family! Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win! Good luck!
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  1. I love this season because of all the fun activities we get to do as a family!

  2. I love the flavors and scents of the season and the overall good spirits that people are in.