Why settle for just a room with four walls when you can enjoy a room with a view? The Arboretum has venues for every occasion, and each comes complete with picturesque views that make any event memorable.
Many award-winning aspects of The Morton Arboretum add beauty and panache to your event. The Visitor Center won The Conservation Foundation 2005 Award for Environmentally-Sustainable Building Designs. Our new entrance and environmentally-progressive pavements won the 2005 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement of the Year Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. And, the Children's Garden was called "The Best Backyard in the World" by Landscape Architect Magazine in 2006.
The next time you plan your social or business event, think of these outstanding destinations! For more information about renting our “rooms with a view,” please contact us at 630-725-2190.
Thornhill Education Center
The Thornhill Education Center includes the Arbor Room, the Founder's Room, The Morton Terrace, and the Thornhill Lawn, a wide expanse of grass that can be used for wedding ceremonies.
Arbor Room offers spectacular views with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking an expansive landscape. Guests can enjoy enjoy dinner and dancing inside and mingle outside on the stone terrace or at the nearby Four Seasons Garden.
Add character to your wedding or social event by hosting it in the former library of the Morton family mansion. The room features timeless ornate bookcases, marble fireplace, and stained glass windows that provide an elegant setting for a ceremony, pre-dinner festivities, or cocktails reception.
Visitor Center Rooms
The Ginkgo Room, the Chestnut and Hawthorn Rooms, and Orientation Hall have walls of glass—so magnificent Meadow Lake, Arbor Court, and sections of the Children's Garden and Maze Garden are never out of view. Seasonally planted containers in Arbor Court add texture and color to the scene, and birds and wildlife make frequent visits. Reflections on the water create a constantly changing backdrop and provide beauty to your event. Occasionally, a blue heron will fly over the water as you dine. Waterfowl and small ground creatures might make appearances, as they scuttle from dry land to water, from ground level to the treetops.
The Hawthorn and Chestnut Rooms are available for daytime and evening rental. They are perfect for small groups and as adjuncts to the Ginkgo Room. Both offer views of Meadow Lake and are equipped with retractable screens and darkening shades.
The Ginkgo Room is our largest dining area and is available for sit-down dinners or other evening events. Orientation Hall, adjacent to the restaurant, is ideal for pre-dinner festivities such as cocktail receptions, and offers views into Arbor Court. An outdoor dining deck outside the Ginkgo Room is available weekdays from May through October, and can be used for open-air dinners, cocktails, and receptions.
In addition to the Visitor Center and Thornhill, several locations deserve your consideration.
Say "I do" within the beautifully manicured Hedge Garden. This formal garden is situated on three terraces. It is framed with elegant sheared hedges and a backdrop of four striking white pillars that soar 20 feet high.
Create lasting memories by having your event in the inspirational Sycamore Room. Located in the Visitor Center's West Pavilion, the Sycamore Room has sheer glass walls overlooking the Ground Cover Garden, which is blanketed in color during all four seasons. This warm and inviting space is perfect for cocktail receptions. The room is also replete with window shades and a screen for audio-visual events
Upon request, Facility Rental staff will be happy to provide you with a list of reliable audio-visual suppliers for your event.
For more information about renting our “rooms with a view,” please contact us at 630-725-2190.
For Children's Garden reservations, call 630-725-2038.
During picnic season (May through September), The Morton Arboretum invites you and your group to enjoy your picnic in a delightful open grassy area, surrounded by a canopy of trees. We can accommodate a very large number of people in one or more tents.
The Arboretum supplies the tents, tables and chairs. Our caterer can offer you picnic fare including onsite grilling and full beverage service.
Talk to our Catering Department about providing group activities.
The Morton Arboretum does require using our in-house caterer for all events.
Take your guests on a scenic ride aboard the Acorn Express open-air tram and learn about key points of interest along the way. Our driver will stop to allow you to take photographs at either West Side gardens or the serene shores of Lake Marmo. We'll provide background music or bring along your favorite CD to enjoy along the way.
For weddings, we have a Wedding Photo Tram Tour that can take your guests on a one-hour, narrated tour of the Arboretum grounds while they take in the scenery and the views. Your private wedding tram makes one scenic photo stop of your choice along the way. LEARN MORE