November 18 and 19

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IllumiBrew returns for two nights in 2021!

Be among the first to see Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum while you sample seasonal beers, ciders, and meads from popular Chicagoland breweries stationed along the Illumination trail.

This event is for ages 21+ only.

Each tasting ticket includes:

  • 15 – 3 oz beer samples
  • Entrance in the Arboretum and Illumination on either Thursday, November 18 or Friday, November 19, 2021.
  • Souvenir light up tasting glass

About Illumination 

Be surrounded by color as you walk a one-mile paved path amid interactive lighting effects that highlight the beauty of trees in winter. You will be awed and delighted to see returning favorites and surprising new sights. Enjoy seasonal music, marvel at ever-changing, captivating lighting designs, and warm up by a crackling fire with a cozy drink or roast marshmallows for s’mores. Illumination will highlight the many gifts of trees: natural beauty, increased feelings of peace and calm, homes for wildlife, and the air we breathe.

For Your Enjoyment

Warming areas
Enjoy a cozy fire at one of the warming areas along the Illumination path.

Food and beverage
Snacks and hot beverages are available for purchase in concession tents along the Illumination trail.

  • Aleman Brewing
  • Black Horizon Brewing Co.
  • Elmhurst Brewing Co.
  • Ike & Oak Brewing Co.
  • Illuminated Brew Works
  • Midwest Coast Brewing
  • Midwest Meadwerks
  • Missbeehavin’ Meads
  • Noon Whistle Brewing
  • Obscurity Brewing & Craft Mead
  • Pipeworks Brewing Company
  • Short Fuse Brewing
  • Standard Meadery

Designated driver tickets are available and include admission into IllumiBrew and a complimentary hot chocolate or cider from the concessions stand or the Ginkgo Restaurant.

Tickets are $35 Members/$40 Guests.

Food options will be available in the Ginkgo Restaurant and the outside concession stands throughout the Illumination route.


Your support is vital to the Arboretum, where the power of trees makes a positive impact on people’s lives.

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