Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum will return for a seventh year this November to The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. This one of-a-kind interactive spectacle of color, light and sound will awe and delight visitors with all-new features and returning favorites.
From November 23, 2019, through January 5, 2020, 50 acres of the Arboretum’s majestic trees will be transformed with lights and music. Embracing the Arboretum’s tree-focused mission as the champion of trees, this exhibition will take visitors on a journey along a winding, paved path through light-filled experiences that highlight the many ways trees are a gift to people and communities.
Prior to the public opening, Illumination will kick off on Friday, November 22, with IllumiBrew, a ticketed, pre-opening event that allows guests 21 and older to be among the first to see the 2019 exhibition while enjoying beer tastings along the trail.
In addition to family favorite features such as Treemagination and Symphony Woods, this year’s exhibition will offer several new experiences such as Tree Fascination, a brilliant digital projection of immersive color and pattern on a grove of eastern white and scots pine trees. This year’s event will also debut a new route with a more spacious pathway.
"Whether you’re visiting for the first time or as part of an annual tradition, Illumination 2019 combines traditional guest favorites with new experiences and re-imagined installations that are sure to delight everyone,” said Sarah Sargent, Manager of Interpretation and Exhibits at The Morton Arboretum.
Tickets to Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum go on sale October 1, 2019. Ticket prices range from $13 to $23 for adults and $7 to $15 for children, with special early bird pricing available for members between October 1-31. To purchase tickets, visit mortonarb.org/illumination.
New features in 2019:
Entertainment and Special Events
Illumination is generously supported by Invesco QQQ and ComEd.
About Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton ArboretumIllumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum invites visitors to see trees in a different light on a path just over one mile, surrounded by 50 acres of the Arboretum’s trees and brought to life with LED lights, interactive elements and sound. With accolades from local and national media including Condé Nast Traveler and USA Today, Illumination has quickly become a winter tradition, welcoming visitors from around the world. The event is built in partnership with noted experiential lighting designers Lightswitch and production company Intelligent Lighting Creations (ILC), and features energy-efficient, eco-friendly LED lighting.
All Hallows Eve returns to Naperville for 13-acres of fright, touts more than 20 haunt experiences
All Hallows Eve returns to Naper Settlement for its eighteenth year on October 18 and 19, promising thrills, chills, and eerie entertainment. This annual Halloween event transforms the museum’s 13-acre grounds into a spooky, haunted village that blends history and horror. Guests will explore more than 20 different haunt experiences, from frightful reenactments of Vlad the Impaler and Sweeney Todd to face painting, fire spinners, and illusionists. Each experience has a fright factor rating from one to three skulls, allowing guests to customize their experience throughout the evening.
New additions include:
Each year, Naper Settlement partners with local organizations to bring this event to life, with more than 200 volunteers from school groups and arts organizations participating as scare actors.
“All Hallows Eve is Naperville’s annual celebration of the occult, where instead of one haunted house, guests are frightened by over a dozen bone-chilling haunts and numerous hair-raising performances,” said Adison Glick, special events team leader.
All Hallows Eve runs from 6:30-10 p.m. each night and is not recommended for children under 8 years old. Tickets are $20 per guest; Members and children under 4 are free. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.NaperSettlement.org/AllHallowsEve.
On October 4 & 5, guests will enjoy live musical entertainment and traditional cuisine celebrating all things German at Naper Settlement’s 10th Annual Oktoberfest.
Naper Settlement will be offering its most expansive draft menu ever for the event, featuring favorites from abroad as well as new local Oktoberfest varieties. Each night, all tips collected at the beverage tent benefit a local organization. Tips on Friday benefit Operation Support Our Troops and Saturday’s tips will go to Loaves & Fishes. For details on the expanded draft menu & food menus, click here.
This year’s Oktoberfest line-up features returning favorites and new arrivals, ranging from classic Oompah and polka music to rock. For the Naperville Heritage Society’s 50th anniversary, special themed offerings will also take place throughout the event. Here’s a full list of music and activities:
Friday, October 4, 5-10PM
Professional pumpkin carving, 6-10PM
Music from New Brass Express, 5:30-7:30PM
Music from Polkaholics, 8-10PM
Saturday, October 5, 12-10PM
Children’s activities, 12-4PM (Pinot’s Palette, PRO Martial Arts, Chuck E. Cheese’s, and Players Indoor Sports)
Professional pumpkin carving, 12-4PM
Music from Die MusikMeisters, 12:30-2:30PM
Stein holding competition, 2:30-3PM
Music from The Music Company, 3-5PM
Pretzel eating competition, 5-5:30PM
Music from Freeze Dried, 5:30-7:30PM
Music from Wedding Banned, 8-10PM
Oktoberfest Pinball, ongoing throughout the event
Special appearance and photo opp with Duke, The Bush’s Baked Beans Dog, on Saturday afternoon
Tickets are $15 adults, $10 youth. Members and children under 4 are free. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.NaperSettlement.org/Oktoberfest.
My friend Denise came out to visit our new apartment and check out Napervilleand we had a BLAST!!
We spent the afternoon walking around downtown Naperville, exploring the alley art, the river walk, Dick Tracy and of course the quarry paddle boats! Did you know that you can ride on the paddle boats with up to 4 people for only $10?! They are open until September 29th but make sure to check their website for dates and hours.