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Shorts and sneakers to a play? There’s no excuse for it. (Doesn’t anyone respect art anymore?) Unless you’re walking from scene to scene in some kind of wilderness area. Which you will be if you’re on a theater hike at the Morton Arboretum.

Audiences watch scenes play out in various spots throughout the 1,700-acre park. You’ll walk from one location to another--along with the actors--as the production unfolds over the course of about two and a half hours (and about as many miles).  

As for shows, you can play along with the performers during Clue the Musical in August or take in a bit of quick wit during The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] in September.

Bring snacks and non-alcoholic drinks (hey, you can always head to the campy Bavarian Lodge for craft brews afterward), a blanket, some bug spray and a sense of adventure. Just leave your heels at home.

Performances are on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m.; tickets ($20) include admission to the Arboretum; 4100 Route 53, Lisle; 630-725-2066 or

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