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Membership FAQs

Trails and paths wind through The Morton Arboretum

Learn how to access your membership account online, sign up for monthly giving, take advantage of the Reciprocal Admission Program and the Member Milestones loyalty program, and know who to contact when you have questions.


Set up and access your member account

Welcome to our online membership portal. You will enter a user ID and password. If you do not already have those, please register as a new user, and you will be able to create your password. learn more

Members get the best price on Special Event tickets

Members always receive the best price on tickets for our Special Events, like our Easter Brunch, Craft Beer Festival, and Illumination. Purchases can be made in person, by phone, and online through our webstore. 
You will be able to use the webstore for ticket purchases after you have recieved your permanant membership cards by mail. This could take two to three weeks. If you have not yet recieved your permanant cards, please call or visit The Morton Arboretum to make ticket purchases at the member price.
Interested in buying tickets online? You will need to use your member number (located on your permanent membership card) to create a user ID and password for our online ticketing system. This is separate from the credentials you've created for our online membership portal. 

Take advantage of the monthly giving opportunity

You can make a bigger difference! Become a member of the Arboretum's Sustaining Club today! LEARN MORE  


February is Member Appreciation Month!

Enjoy the following benefits during the month of February. Thank you for your support! 
  • All Members bring guests in their car free of charge.
  • All Members receive 10% discount in the Ginkgo Restaurant and Café. (15% off for Friend level and above).
  • All members receive an additional 5% discount in the Arboretum Store on Tuesdays in February. 
  • Friends and Family Referral Promotion (Onsite only, see Member Services Desk for details). 



Select a two-year option when you join or renew and save! In addition, you will gain the satisfaction that your additional financial commitment is saving you and the Arboretum time and money when you do not have to renew your support each year. A two-year membership commitment also shows us that you value your experiences here and we reward that with additional benefits that include invitations to exclusive Member Enrichment Events and free Acorn Express tram tour vouchers.

Our unique Member Admission Benefit

Unlike most membership programs, we do not limit you to a specific numbers of adults or children on your membership. If you choose a membership level that allows 4 admissions, like the Morton 4 for example, that means you may bring in any combination of four people, adults or children. 


Is my membership tax deductible? 

The cost of membership to The Morton Arboretum is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The value of benefits received is insubstantial and the cost of membership is fully deductible. Please consult your tax advisor. 


Use the Reciprocal Admission Program

Your Morton Arboretum membership card is your passport to America's garden treasures. Receive special admission privileges in addition to possible discounts on gift shop purchases and special events at nearly 300 horticultural organizations across North America.  learn more

Become a Perennial Partner

As part of our member loyalty program called Member Milestones, we annually recognize those members who have been members of The Morton Arboretum for 10 or more consecutive years with no breaks in their support. We are grateful for this regular and ongoing support! These Perennial Partners celebrate each summer with a special event. In 2014, Perennial Partners with 10 to 19 years of consecutive membership enjoyed an outdoor reception and insightful program about plant production at the Arboretum. The following month, Perennial Partners with 20+ years of consecutive membership enjoyed a reception and program all about magnolias. It's just one more reason to renew your membership today!

Contact us with your questions

  • Call the Membership Hotline, 630-719-2453, daily 10:00 a.m.. to 3:00 p.m..
  • Send an email to
  • Visit us at the Member Service Desk in the Visitor Center. One of our friendly and helpful sales assistants will be happy to help you.

Your Membership and Development staff

We're here for you! Call or email with your questions.

Head of Membership
Karin L. Jaros

Membership Coordinator 
Annah Schmidt 

Annual Fund and Tribute Programs
Josh Muller

President's Council
Kelly Nolan

Planned Giving, Donor Events, and Thornhill Circle 
Kathleen Spiess 

Vice President of Development
Jill Koski

Development Coordinator 
Nancy Dowdell