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Photography permits

A bridal group primping while a photographer gives direction

The Morton Arboretum is the ideal picture-perfect setting for any portrait.  A permit is required for all posed and formal photography or video recording. 


Permits are required for professionally conducted formal photography and videography for private personal and commercial events and activities. Permit sales open online on the first of the month, and are subject to availability. Permits are date and time specific, and may not be available on days when the Arboretum is holding special events. Available dates and times will be listed in the webstore.

Permits are good for one hour. No photography is permitted in the Maze or Children’s Gardens or in any Arboretum buildings. The permit does not include access to any Arboretum buildings for the purpose of photography. Access to photo locations may be restricted at the Arboretum’s discretion. Prices are subject to change without prior notice. The Morton Aboretum does reserve the right to restrict access to sections of our grounds for maintenance, Arboretum events or rentals.

Permits are sold as nonrefundable; in case of inclement weather, the photo permit can be rescheduled, up to three days before the date on the permit.
NOTE: Smoking, alcohol, and pets are not allowed during photo sessions. Drones, including those used for photography, are not allowed. Please see the Arboretum etiquette page for more information.  
If you are holding a special event and renting facilities at The Morton Arboretum, the permit fee is waived. 
Purchasing a photo permit serves as timed entry for your entire party and no additional timed tickets are required. Members receive a discount on all photo permits.