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'Illumination' puts spotlight on Morton Arboretum

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  • Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Morton Arboretum unveils "Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum," an interactive light event that will be open 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 22 to Jan. 4 (closed Nov. 28, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 24 and 25). Along a 1-mile, paved trail, visitors will be able to hug a tree and make it grow bright, sing to a tree and watch it change color, and create their own light show.

      Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Morton Arboretum unveils "Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum," an interactive light event that will be open 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 22 to Jan. 4 (closed Nov. 28, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 24 and 25). Along a 1-mile, paved trail, visitors will be able to hug a tree and make it grow bright, sing to a tree and watch it change color, and create their own light show.

  • Grace Weidenbach,11, of Naperville looks at the Tree Lights Thursday at The Morton Arboretum during "Illumination," an interactive light event.

       Grace Weidenbach,11, of Naperville looks at the Tree Lights Thursday at The Morton Arboretum during "Illumination," an interactive light event.
    Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

  • Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.comMorton Arboretum unveils "Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum," an interactive light event that will be open 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 22 to Jan. 4 (closed Nov. 28, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 24 and 25). Along a 1-mile, paved trail, visitors will be able to hug a tree and make it grow bright, sing to a tree and watch it change color, and create their own light show.

      Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.comMorton Arboretum unveils "Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum," an interactive light event that will be open 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 22 to Jan. 4 (closed Nov. 28, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 24 and 25). Along a 1-mile, paved trail, visitors will be able to hug a tree and make it grow bright, sing to a tree and watch it change color, and create their own light show.

 
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Cutting-edge technology usually doesn't come immediately to mind when you're enjoying trees and the outdoors.

But all that's about to change at the Morton Arboretum when its "Illumination" program opens tonight and continues through Jan. 4 at the woody-plant museum at 4100 Route 53 in Lisle.

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"Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum" features state-of-the-art light displays along a 1-mile paved trail that will let visitors hug a tree to make it grow brighter; sing to a tree to make it change color; and interact with light and color with the swipe of a hand.

The cutting-edge technology will help visitors see trees, and the arboretum, in a whole new light, organizers say.

"Illumination" is open from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. nightly except for Nov. 28 and Dec. 2, 9, 16, 24 and 25. Tickets for members are $10 for adults and $5 for children; for nonmembers they're $15 for adults and $10 for children. For details on the display, visit mortonarb.org or call (630) 725-2066.

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