Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Morton Arboretum - Illumination {GIVEAWAY}

Oh yeah, you read that correctly - GIVE-A-WAY

This is my very first giveaway here at Educational Anarchy, and I'd like to thank The Morton Arboretum for the opportunity to offer 4 complimentary passes to their Illumination event.

Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum is an interactive light experience that engages your senses with dazzling projections, trees that respond to touch and sound, and vivid, electric colors throughout. 
From November 21, 2014 through January 3, 2015, the grounds of The Morton Arboretum will glow again  with dazzling LED lights and trees that respond to touch and sound, as Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum makes its return.

See trees in a different light.

  • Don’t miss the return of this groundbreaking, interactive spectacle
  • Stroll over a mile of innovative lights and projections
  • Experience trees that respond to your hug or voice
  • Enjoy the new Symphony Woods with music from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Share this one-of-a-kind family activity or romantic date

November 21, 2014 through January 3, 2015
Doors open: 5:00 p.m.
Last entry: 8:30 p.m.
Lights out: 9:30 p.m.
Illumination is closed Thursday, November 27; Monday, December 1; Monday, December 8; Monday, December 15; Wednesday, December 24; and Thursday, December 25.

Illumination Live Entertainment Schedule 2014-2015
Saturday 11/22 Second Time Around
Sunday 11/23 Elmhurst College Jazz Band
Friday 11/28 Frozen Robins
Saturday 11/29 Frank & Dave and Frozen Robins
Sunday 11/30 Rat Pack Jazz
Saturday 12/6 Guitarra Azul
Sunday 12/7 Bopology and Eisenhower Jr High School Choir
Saturday 12/13 Classical Blast and Frozen Robins
Sunday 12/14 Jim Gifford Quartet and Wheaton Warrenville South Acappella groups
Friday 12/19 Frozen Robins
Saturday 12/20 28 Days and Frozen Robins
Sunday 12/21 Rat Pack Jazz
Tuesday 12/23 Frozen Robins
Friday 12/26 Frozen Robins
Saturday 12/27 Frank & Dave and Frozen Robins
Sunday 12/28 Rat Pack Jazz
Saturday 1/3 Frank & Dave

Tickets are limited. Advance purchase recommended. Please choose your date carefully as all Illumination tickets are date-specific and cannot be refunded.

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)

The boys and I will be going on a behind the scenes tour of Illumination where we will go on a guided walk and get to meet members of the design firm, Lightswitch, where we will be able to ask questions about Illumination.

Are you interested in experiencing The Morton Arboretum's Illumination?  I have 4 passes to pass along to a lucky Educational Anarchy reader.  
To enter to win simply tell me why you would like to experience the Illumination event at The Morton Arboretum AND give me a question to ask Lighswitch about Illumination by 11:59pm on Sunday, November 16th. 

I will randomly pick the lucky winner on Monday, November 17th  - Good luck!  


  1. I love winter and the magical lights that twinkle from every house. I've never been to Illumination, but I think it sounds like it captures all of that magic and beauty in one place. I want to share that with my six year old and two year old, to see their faces light up, from the inside and out, when they see that magic.

    My question is: how many lights are there and how much does it cost to light them for a single show?

  2. I'd like to take my kids - the interactive part is what makes it sound the most fun. We love going to see the lights at the zoo. And we like to drive around during the holidays and look at all the houses decorated, but the interactive thing - that would be new (and fun) for us!

    My question is when do they start setting everything up and how long does set-up take? I imagine it must be quite an undertaking!

    1. Right? I would think so as well. I'm interested in seeing if it's the entire grounds or just certain areas. Great question!

  3. I'd like to take my kids so we can all see if winter can be beautiful and make you Doggett the cold. Christmas lights are really the only thing I like about winter. :)

    My question is, how do they protect all the wiring and such so that when there is heavy snow there are no shorts in the lines?

  4. My family loves the outdoors and enjoys spending time at the Morton Arboretum. We haven't seen this Illumination exhibit but we would be thrilled to be able to experience the beauty and interaction of this light show during this year's holiday season.

    As far as a question, I'm wondering how long it takes to plan and design such an exhibit and how many people work on this project? And, what is the technology behind the lights that respond to touch and sound--how exactly does that work? I'm also wondering what other projects Lightswitch has done? (I guess this is more than one question--sorry! :)

    1. Those are ALL awesome questions. I'm interested in the technology behind it as well.

  5. We have NEVER been to Morton, but every year my brother tells me "you should go to Morton," "it's way better than zoo lights." He's also tried to get me there during the summer months and we just have not made it out there. Well, I had actually told Jorge last week that I wanted to try Morton this year instead of zoo lights because I have heard nothing but great things about it. I would love to win these tickets! With a family of family, as you know, things get a little costly and this would help offset the cost tremendously!! Thanks, Stephanie!!

  6. Question: Do they prepare for the upcoming year as soon as soon as they take down the current year?? How long does it take to put up the lights and how many people do it?

    1. We have never been there to see Illumination, either. So, this will be a fascinating experience to go behind the scenes and see what it involves! Great questions!


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