With the end of 2022 marking 100 years since the Morton Arboretum first opened last year witnessed several new developments at the nonprofit public garden and outdoor museum for its yearlong centennial celebrations including a new $16 million “Grand Garden”.
Having grown from Mr. Joy Morton’s 175-acre site on his country estate to over 1,700 acres of tree collections, gardens, and natural landscapes, the Morton Arboretum has shown no signs of slowing down its expansion.
Currently home to five new large-scale sculptures by Polish-American artist Olga Ziemska for its latest major art exhibition Of The Earth the Arboretum is now also hosting its popular light show Illumination: Tree Lights which is ranked one of the best in the country.
Showing no signs of slowing down its vigorous expansion or staggering its lively calendar of events, the beloved Arboretum has now announced that next year it will open a brand new mini-golf experience offering Chicago an exciting new summertime attraction.
Expected to open in May of 2024, the new course, titled “Wonder Woods”, will be designed by the Morton Arboretum itself and will incorporate interactive, tree-themed features at each hole.
The nine-hole course will be designed for all ages with a particular focus on highlighting science in fun and immersive ways.
Vibrant visual elements will illustrate the roles trees play in reducing the impacts of climate change, supporting ecosystems, and benefiting communities including holes covered in huge fabricated tree canopies to provide natural shade to mini golfers during summer.
“Each hole brings the Arboretum’s tree research to life in a playful way,” said Amy Scott, head of exhibitions. “People enjoy connecting to trees and nature through the Arboretum’s outdoor exhibitions, such as Of the Earth, and this imaginative mini golf course will be another fun way to develop an appreciation for trees, their benefits and their vital importance to a healthy environment.”
The unique course will be unlike any other with many unexpected elements, explains Scott, “such as a foosball-inspired hole with acorns from various species of oak trees to a replica of the Chicago skyline with a stylized urban tree canopy.”
Wonder Woods course will open on Friday, May 24 near the Visitor Center and run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.
Tickets to play will be $8 for adult members and $6 for child members while nonmember tickets will be $10 for adults and $8 for children.
More information about the new Mini Golf experience will be made available in 2024.
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