Welcoming you back
The Morton Arboretum is currently open with adjusted hours and operations aimed at protecting public health during the ongoing response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. As everyone anticipates the beauty and respite of the Arboretum, the health and safety of guests and employees will remain of utmost importance.
To ensure your wellbeing, entering and visiting the Arboretum will be different from usual.
Advance, date-specific, timed-entry online member passes and guest tickets are currently required, to ensure paced arrivals and moderated attendance levels. Each person visiting must reserve a member pass or ticket in advance online, including children and infants. Entry times are strictly monitored for the sake of public health and passes will only be honored within a one-hour window of a ticket time. Members and guests arriving outside the one-hour ticketed time will be denied entry.
Please note: This is the only method for admission, and is a change from the Arboretum’s previous admission process. Member passes and tickets will not be available on-site, and members and guests without advance online timed-entry passes or tickets will be directed to exit.
Timed-entry member passes are not required for President's Council or Thornhill Society members. Interested in joining the President's Council or Thornhill Society? Learn more
Members: RESERVE TIMED-ENTRY MEMBER PASSES
Guests: PURCHASE TIMED-ENTRY TICKETS
If you have questions about your membership, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about the new process to reserve member timed-entry passes or tickets, please email email@example.com.
With many Arboretum staff continuing to work remotely due to health protection measures, we appreciate your patience.
Please reference the admission and timed-entry FAQ for more information.
Entering the Arboretum
After a timed-entry pass or ticket is secured online, it will be emailed to the email address provided in the transaction process. When you arrive at the Arboretum for your visit, show the gatehouse attendant your member pass or ticket for scanning. You may also show a printed member pass or ticket, if preferred. Members will also need to present their member card. Masks must be worn when interacting with gatehouse staff. In accordance with CDC recommendations, this includes those who have already received their COVID-19 vaccination.
The Arboretum is open exclusively to members from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m daily; open to all members and guests from 9:00 a.m. to sunset daily (last entry at 6:00 p.m.). The Arboretum closes at sunset and all guests must leave the grounds at that time.
Ensure a Safe Visit
Social distancing is essential for all who visit. Special measures have been put in place to ensure this on-site. Please be considerate of others by practicing social distancing in all areas of the Arboretum, including parking lots and on trails. Guests are asked to wear masks when within six feet of any others who did not arrive with them. Masks must be worn at all times, including at the gatehouse when interacting with staff, inside the Visitor Center, the Arboretum Store, the Children's Garden, the Maze Garden, the Ginkgo Restaurant and Café, and Arbor Court. In accordance with CDC recommendations, this includes those who have already received their COVID-19 vaccination.
The Visitor Center, The Arboretum Store, the Ginkgo Restaurant and Café, Maze Garden, and Children's Garden are currently open with modified operations. Please click here for further details. The Plant Clinic, the Sterling Morton Library, and the Thornhill Education Center remain closed until further notice. Manual wheelchairs and strollers will not be available for loan at this time.
The restrooms inside the Visitor Center and the West Pavilion are open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.
- Restrooms are being cleaned throughout the day and fully closed for 30 minutes every two hours for a sanitizing deep clean. The Visitor Center bathrooms and West Pavilion bathrooms are closed for cleaning on an alternating schedule.
- The restrooms at the Thornhill Picnic Shelter will remain closed until further notice.
- Portable restrooms are available throughout the Arboretum, including in the bus lot (Visitor Center parking area), Big Rock Visitor Station (Parking lot 13 - East Side), and Prairie Visitor Station (Parking lot 25 - West Side).
For more information regarding the Arboretum’s coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention efforts, please visit this webpage.
Please continue to check this webpage for the latest visit information about the phased reopening, and reference the admission and timed-entry FAQ for more information.