At The Dyrt, we share camping tips from our community of campers and campgrounds. With so many campers staying home, we continue to share this info so you can plan future camping trips across the U.S.

It’s day 17 of our 40-day #GetOutAndGO project, featuring the Morton Arboretum, a $100 prize from Showers Pass, and the chance to enter to win the $10,000 grand prize GO Camper package from SylvanSport.

Explore the Morton Arboretum near Chicago, IL

Chicago is the third largest city in the U.S. with nearly 10 million residents and a sprawling metropolitan area.

But Chicago is certainly not without green space.





In fact, Chicago’s motto “Urbs in Horto” means “City in a Garden.” With 570 parks, Chicago is committed to their motto!

Today we’re featuring one such park in the greater Chicago area: the Morton Arboretum.

At 1,700 acres, the Morton Arboretum is a world-class preservation.

It houses 222,000 living plants representing 4,300 different species from around the world. 30 miles from downtown Chicago, Morton Arboretum functions not only as a conservancy, but also as an educational facility. It’s a great spot to spend a day with the family and learn about the larger role of trees in our ecosystem. The arboretum hosts year-round programming for audiences from grade school to world-leading research and presentations on tree health and forest improvement.

To honor the Morton Arboretum’s preservation efforts, Showers Pass is giving away a $100 gift card. Enter to win here.

Next time you visit the windy city, explore the Morton Arboretum and its ancient towering residence. But don’t stop there. Use these great resources to plan your next trip to Illinois.

Get Out And Explore Illinois!

From fun on Lake Michigan to the 570 parks in Chicago, Illinois is packed with awesome adventures. We recommend enjoying a peaceful afternoon at any number of Illinois’ gardens, like the Anderson Japanese Gardens in nearby Rockville, or the Chicago Botanical Garden within the city.

Experience the best of Chicago with Enjoy Illinois.

Enter to win a SylvanSport GO Camper!

Mike Dever, Cindy Dever and Rebecca Harris enjoy the Sylvan Sport GO with a class B camper

The SylvanSport GO is a utility trailer/toy hauler/camping trailer…all-in-one. Hailed as the “Coolest. Camper. Ever.” by National Geographic Adventure, the GO is lightweight, easy to manage and able to be towed by almost any vehicle. Enter to win here.

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  • Andrew Sporrer

    Andrew Sporrer

    Andrew (most people call him Ace) grew up in rural western Pennsylvania and spent most of his time outside eating indigenous birds and learning different ways to make fire. He took a few years to explore the PNW while living in Seattle, but the longing for his home range recently brought him to RVA. Follow him on Instagram and check out his other work dedicated to improving your outdoor experiences at Ace-Outside.