Holiday Magic is in the Air: ‘Illumination’ light show at Morton Arboretum, Lisle IL

‘Illumination’ transforms Morton Arboretum into an enchanted forest. Bundle up, and take a hike through a woodland of bedazzling lights and synchronized sound. The “Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum” spectacle in west suburban Lisle is more brilliant than ever. Now in its fifth year, it is fast becoming a family tradition. Read the […]

Illumination: Holiday Tree Lights at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL

UPDATE: Check the Morton Arboretum website for current information on the next Illumination light show and other special events. It’s one thing to drive through a decorated subdivision to admire the festive lights. It’s quite another to stroll through a darkened forest that surrounds you with a spectacle of light and sound. That’s what “Illumination: […]

Christmas Markets Enchant Along the Rhine River

(My story, “Christmas Enchants Along the Rhine River,” was originally published by Journal & Topics Media Group on September 11, 2015. The photos are also mine.) By Pamela Dittmer McKuen Christmas is a magical time everywhere, but especially so in Europe’s grand cities and medieval villages. Gaily lit, open-air holiday markets pop up in public […]