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Admission and hours

The Morton Arboretum is open year-round.
The Visitor Center is your gateway to the Arboretum. Visitor Services staff are happy to answer any questions you have about your visit. Tickets for tram tours and many special events can be purchased here. More detailed calendars, brochures, and informational handouts are also available. For specific questions, please call Visitor Services at 630-968-0074. 

 

Admission

December through March AND every Wednesday

$9 Adults ages 18–64
$8 Seniors ages 65+  
$6 Youth ages 2–17  

April through November

$14 Adults ages 18–64
$12 Seniors ages 65+  
$9 Youth ages 2–17  

Children 1 and younger are free

Admission includes FREE parking!

Members always enter for free with valid membership credentials. 

The Morton Arboretum offers free, year-round admission to active-duty service men or women with a valid ID.

See if your membership to other gardens allows a partial admission benefit to The Morton Arboretum.  learn more
 

Hours

The Arboretum is open 365 days a year! 
The grounds open at 7:00 a.m. year 'round and close at sunset. 
Sunset times
 

Visitor Center

January through February: Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
March and April: Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
May through October: Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
November and December: Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.*

*The Visitor Center closes at 4:00 p.m. during Illumination.

Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day; closed at 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Restrooms in the West Pavilion of the Visitor Center are open daily from 7:00 a.m. to sunset.
 

Children's Garden

March through October: Daily, 9:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. on Thursdays)
Members-only access, Fridays and Saturdays, 9:00 to 9:30 a.m.

November through February: Daily, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Severe weather may close the Children's Garden temporarily.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day; closed at 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
 

Maze Garden

Daily, 9:30 a.m. to sunset


The Arboretum Store

January and February: Daily, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
March and April: Daily, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
May through October: Daily, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
November and December: Daily, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.*

*The Store closes at 4:00 p.m. during Illumination, but is open exclusively for ticket-holders during the evenings of Illumination.

The Arboretum Store is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve the store closes at 3:00 p.m.

The Arboretum Store will be closed on Monday, January 5, 2015 for inventory.
 

Plant Clinic

April through October: Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
November through March: Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Closed Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.


Ginkgo Restaurant

Daily, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays, additional breakfast hours 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

*Please note: The Ginkgo Restaurant will be closed to the public during 2014 Breakfast with Santa: December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, and 22.

 

Ginkgo Café

November through February: Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.*
March and April: Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
May through October: Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day; on Christmas Eve the cafe closes at 3:00 p.m.

*The Ginkgo Café closes at 4:00 p.m. during Illumination.
 

Sterling Morton Library

Tuesday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed July 4, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.
 

Founder's Room

(Located at Thornhill Education Center)
Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.