Morton Arboretum's 'Illumination' attracting crowds

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 3:55 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 4:00 p.m. CDT
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Kayla Cochran, 8, of Plainfield, projects her hands movements on the trees across the pond at the "Treeflections" station during the "Illuminations: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum" Saturday, Nov, 23. John Cox for Shaw Media
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LED light fixtures are used to put on a moving light show at sunset of the "Illuminations: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum" Saturday, Nov. 23. John Cox for Shaw Media
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One of several light displays in the over 50 acres of the Morton Arboretum used in the "Illumination" light display. John Cox for Shaw Media
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One of several light displays in the over 50 acres of the Morton Arboretum used in the "Illumination" light display. John Cox for Shaw Media

LISLE – A mile-long trail of trees is attracting crowds at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

The Arboretum's inaugural Illumination: Tree Lights debuted last month and continues through Jan. 4.

“We wanted to offer visitors an opportunity to experience trees in a different way,” said Anamari Dorgan, director of education with the Arboretum. “[The event] is cool because it’s a combination of cutting edge light technology combined with the beautiful landscape of the Arboretum.”

The event has been put together by designers from Lightswitch Architectural, a lighting and visual design company, the Arboretum staff and more than 800 Arboretum volunteers.

Dorgan said the event was created as a way to encourage residents to experience the winter landscape and learn more about the Arboretum at a time when they would not think to do so. 

“We want people to connect with trees intellectually, but the reality is that if we want people to care we want them to connect emotionally,” Dorgan said. “And this is the place to do that.” 

Each day the event will open at 4:30 p.m., and the last entry will be accepted at 8:30 p.m. It will be closed Dec. 9, 16, 24 and 25. 

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If you go

What: Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum

Where: The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Rt. 53, Lisle

When: Through Jan. 4

What: Light displays of more than 400 LED and Arc lighting on 1-mile trail of trees 

Admission: Members: $10 for adults, $5 for children 2-17; nonmembers: $15 for adults, $10 for children 2-17; children younger than 2 are free.

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