Illumination Holiday Lights


Illumination Holiday Lights

Bring the family to the Morton Arboretum’s festival of lights, “Illumination,” November 18 through January 2, and stay at the nearby and affordable Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside!

Families across the Midwest annually visit the Morton Arboretum’s fabulous holiday light show, “Illumination.” The event is out of doors (of course!), so dress accordingly!

Over a mile of the 1,700 acres of 220,000 live plants will be lighted in festive hues, with special projections, making your walk a magical experience. See the lights “dance” to the music of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra! This year’s event features “Treemagination,” with lights bathing the great hemlock trees. The grand finale will be “Fantasy Forest,” the Arboretum’s hedge gardens lighted by pencil-thin pillars of light which stretch to the sky, accompanied by music!

There will be plenty of warming areas with cozy fires, and food and beverages located along the trail. Glowing Gifts can be purchased in the store. Select nights will feature live music by local bands, and there will be carolers! Some families walk quickly through the exhibits, and some dawdle and soak in the sights and sounds of night and light and music at Symphony Woods.

The Morton Arboretum is located at 4100 Illinois Road on Route 53 in Lisle. TheMortonArboretum and follow the prompts.

Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside, just a short drive away from the Morton Arboretum’s “Illumination” holiday show, offers free shuttle service to and from O’Hare Airport in Chicago. The hotel offers affordable, comfortable rooms, a breakfast bar and restaurant and much more. The hotel is pet friendly and offers AAA rates.