The Morton Arboretum

4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 968-0074
Fax (630) 725-2090 | E-mail Us

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The Morton Arboretum is the champion of trees, a living museum and scientific center that is also an engaging 1,700-acre garden that protects trees and other woody plants from around the world. Enjoy the Children's Garden, Maze Garden, 16 miles of hiking trails, nine miles of roads, or a guided tour amid handicapped-accessible facilities.

Note: Some map locations are approximate. Please call the venue at (630) 968-0074 for exact directions.

Transportation Distances

Miles To Metra Station2
Miles From DuPage Airport16
Miles From Downtown Chicago25
Miles From O'Hare Airport24
Miles From Midway Airport25
Closest Metra LineMetra Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Line

For more information, visit our website or call us at (630) 968-0074


Wireless Internet Access in Common Area Yes
Family Restrooms Yes
Gift Shop Yes
Wheelchair Rental Yes
Stroller Rental Yes
On-Site Parking Available Yes
Area Parking Available Yes

Motorcoach Driver Yes
Other Discount Yes
Group Yes
Military Yes
Senior Yes
Other Discount Description Youth & Scout Group Discounts

Discover Yes
MasterCard Yes
Visa Yes
Travelers Check Yes
Debit Card Yes
Direct Billing Yes

Has Restaurant Yes
Has Entertainment Yes
Childrens Activities Yes

Garden/Nature Park Yes
Historic Yes
Library/University Yes
Theater/Dance/Performing Arts Yes

Nature Museum Yes

Breakfast Served Yes
Brunch Served Yes
Lunch Served Yes
Afternoon Tea Yes
Dinner Served Yes
Alcohol Yes
Bar/Lounge Yes
Buffet Yes
Catering Yes
Children's Menu Yes
Late Night Menu Yes
Private Dining Space Yes
Dining Entertainment Yes
Outdoor Dining Yes
Take Out Yes
Live Music Yes
Restaurant Type Other
Food Type American

Motorcoach/Group Tours
Meet and Greet Programs Yes
Welcome Reception Provided Yes
Work with Motorcoach/Group Tours Yes
Minimum # of People for Group Tour 12
Maximum # of People for Group Tour 500

Sports and Recreation
Bicycling Yes
Bird Watching Yes
Dancing Yes
Forest/Nature Preserve Yes
Hiking Yes
Jogging/Running Paths Yes
Skiing Yes
Skiing - Cross Country Yes
Snowshoeing Yes
Team Building Yes
Equipment Rental Yes

Upcoming Events

Dates Event Name & Description
12/1/18 - 2/28/19 Troll Hunt @ The Morton Arboretum
There have been reports of troll sightings in the woods of The Morton Arboretum! Six colossal creatures and a hideout have all been spotted, but why have these giant trolls made their home at the Arbo...Read on.
12/29/18 - 1/19/19 Winter Clearance Sale @ The Morton Arboretum
Discounts of 30 to 60 percent will be taken on select holiday merchandise, including home decor, jewelry, books, desktop, apparel, and more. Arboretum members receive their 10 percent discount on top ...Read on.
1/1/19 - 2/28/19 Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Rentals @ The Morton Arboretum
Seasonal rentals of cross-country skis and snowshoes are available at the Visitor Center. Visitors can also bring their own equipment. The opportunity to cross-country ski or snowshoe is available whe...Read on.
1/1/19 - 2/28/19 Gnome Hunt @ The Morton Arboretum
The animals may be hibernating, but the Children’s Garden still has gnomes. Children and families are encouraged to find all of the hidden gnomes during this drop-in activity.

Free with Ar...Read on.
1/1/19 - 2/28/19 Winter Play @ The Morton Arboretum
The Children’s Garden is open for wintertime fun. Discover activities to complement the day such as painting snow or building a fort. This self-guided hands-on activity is available weather-permittin...Read on.
1/2/19 - 2/27/19 Arbor Reading Adventures @ The Morton Arboretum
This popular and interactive story time includes nature-based stories, crafts and an adventure walk in the Sterling Morton Library and throughout the grounds of The Morton Arboretum....Read on.
1/5/19 - 2/24/19 Gnome Globes @ The Morton Arboretum
Create a keepsake gnome globe to celebrate the hidden gnomes in the Children’s Garden. This unique winter experience is fun for the whole family. Tickets for this drop-in program are available for pur...Read on.
1/7/19 - 2/5/19 Arboretum Yoga @ The Morton Arboretum
Participants can improve their health and well-being by practicing yoga poses, breathing and meditation....Read on.
1/12/19 - 3/23/19 Forest Therapy Walks (1 hour 45 min) @ The Morton Arboretum
Participants will experience the healing and wellness-promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest when they take a mindful walk with a certifi...Read on.
1/15/19 - 2/22/19 Tree Stories Memory Lab @ The Morton Arboretum
People can preserve their memories in the digital world by joining the Sterling Morton Library for the Tree Stories Memory Lab. During the lab time, participants can have their tree-related photograp...Read on.
1/16/19 - 2/21/19 Winter Hike and Yoga @ The Morton Arboretum
Participants will focus on total body health and well-being with a short hike outdoors, followed by a warming indoor yoga class....Read on.
1/18/19 - 2/24/19 Enchanted Railroad @ The Morton Arboretum
The Enchanted Railroad pulls into The Morton Arboretum this January. The intricate model railroad winds through magnificent scenery, including tree collections from around the world. The trains run at...Read on.
1/19/19 - 1/19/19 Bird Walks @ The Morton Arboretum
Search the woods, fields and edges of the Arboretum for birds. Participants will walk with an expert guide, who will help locate and identify species spotted along the way....Read on.
1/19/19 - 1/20/19 Beginner’s Nature Art Workshops: Winter Foliage in Graphite @ The Morton Arboretum
Beginning artists can tap into their creative side with an introductory workshop on nature art. The program will include expert-led instruction on how to draw winter foliage using graphite pencils as ...Read on.
1/22/19 - 2/12/19 Winter Explorers (18–35 months) @ The Morton Arboretum
This four-week outdoor adventure among the trees will connect kids with nature. Each day will include hikes, stories and a nature-related craft. Adults will receive tips to continue exploration at hom...Read on.
1/24/19 - 2/14/19 Winter Explorers (3–5 years) @ The Morton Arboretum
This four-week outdoor adventure among the trees will connect kids with nature. Each day will include hikes, stories and a nature-related craft. Adults will receive tips to continue exploration at ho...Read on.
1/25/19 - 2/15/19 Drawing Eggs, Feathers, and Nests @ The Morton Arboretum
Capture a unique collection of eggs, feathers, and nests in colored pencil or graphite. The Arboretum’s collection of eggs comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors, from the tiny speckled egg of a house...Read on.
1/26/19 - 1/26/19 Seed Saving Workshop @ The Morton Arboretum
Learn how and why to save seeds and get tips on seed starting. This workshop will include demonstrations and hands-on practice saving seeds from both ornamental and edible plants. Participants will le...Read on.
1/26/19 - 1/26/19 Seed Swap @ The Morton Arboretum
Browse a selection of seeds, and take home a variety to plant this spring. Bring leftover seed packets to share. All are welcome to attend, even those without seeds to give away. The Morton Arboretum ...Read on.
1/26/19 - 1/27/19 Husky Heroes @ The Morton Arboretum
See Siberian husky sled pulling, skijoring, and speed demonstrations. Visit with the dogs and sled team and learn aboutdog-sledding equipment. Visitors can even have their photo taken with the rig dur...Read on.
1/26/19 - 2/23/19 Begin to Draw Nature @ The Morton Arboretum
Begin to Draw Nature Saturdays, January 26, through February 23, 9 a.m.–noon $162 Learn the basics of drawing nature in this course designed for true beginners. This program will cover everything f...Read on.
1/28/19 - 1/28/19 Be Well, Be Swell in 2019: Gardening and Wellness with Shawna Coronado @ The Morton Arboretum
Explore the connection between gardening and wellness in this special workshop featuring inspiring garden photos, diet and nutrition tips, techniques for reducing chronic pain naturally and more with ...Read on.
1/31/19 - 1/31/19 Healthy, Hearty Soups @ The Morton Arboretum
This program will focus on the health benefits of making heart-healthy soups at home and share ideas for both meat-based and vegetarian options. Participants will enjoy some quick soup-making tips and...Read on.
2/2/19 - 2/2/19 Behind the Collections: Art of the Sterling Morton Library @ The Morton Arboretum
Discover the Sterling Morton Library's extensive botanical art collection in this program. Participants will learn about the rich history of key botanical pieces and gain insights into the styles and ...Read on.
2/2/19 - 2/2/19 Dog Admission Day @ The Morton Arboretum
Hit the Arboretum trails with a furry friend. The fee includes a stylish Arboretum dog bandana....Read on.
2/2/19 - 2/23/19 Basic Nature Photography @ The Morton Arboretum
Participants will learn how to move beyond shooting in automatic as well as how to adjust their camera’s manual settings to get the shot they want. The course will cover basic composition and editing ...Read on.
2/7/19 - 2/7/19 Candlelight Yoga @ The Morton Arboretum
Participants will melt away tension through poses, breathing and meditation with this restorative yoga class....Read on.
2/7/19 - 2/28/19 Beginning Beekeeping @ The Morton Arboretum
Participants will join an experienced beekeeper and explore the history of beekeeping, bee anatomy, starting a colony and managing it through the year. Additionally, the program will cover equipment b...Read on.
2/9/19 - 2/10/19 Chocolate Weekend @ The Morton Arboretum
Enjoy chocolate and explore its connection to the natural world at this annual event. Visit, taste and buy specialty chocolates and treats from a variety of vendors.

Free with Arboretum adm...Read on.
2/10/19 - 2/10/19 Japanese Papermaking Workshop @ The Morton Arboretum
Participants will learn to create unique handmade paper that can be used to make personalized notecards, given as a gift, or can stand alone as a finished piece of art. The workshop will teach attende...Read on.
2/14/19 - 2/15/19 Valentine’s Dinner at The Morton Arboretum @ The Morton Arboretum
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with someone special in the Ginkgo Restaurant. Dine on an elegant five course meal while looking out over the serene landscape of Meadow Lake in winter....Read on.
2/14/19 - 3/14/19 Nature at Night Hike @ The Morton Arboretum
Whether the moon is peeking through the clouds or the stars are shining freely, a winter evening reveals a captivating symphony of sounds and mysterious spaces. During the hike, an expert will discuss...Read on.
2/16/19 - 2/16/19 Bird Walks @ The Morton Arboretum
Search the woods, fields and edges of the Arboretum for birds. Participants will walk with an expert guide, who will help locate and identify species spotted along the way....Read on.
2/16/19 - 2/16/19 Cocoa in the Conifers @ The Morton Arboretum
Participants can join an Arboretum expert for a cup of hot cocoa and a winter stroll through the conifer collection. The program will showcase various species within this rich and diverse collection o...Read on.
2/16/19 - 2/16/19 Stained Glass Stories of The Thornhill Mansion @ The Morton Arboretum
This program will feature stories of the unusual stained glass windows that decorate the beautiful Founder’s Room at Thornhill Education Center. Participants will leave with a new appreciation for the...Read on.
2/16/19 - 3/9/19 Early Spring Migration: Birds on the Move @ The Morton Arboretum
Spring bird migration begins earlier than most people realize. Many species are already on the move in February, with waterfowl the first to make major migration moves. Mid-February marks a good time ...Read on.
2/21/19 - 2/21/19 Sips with a Scientist: Fire and the Forest Floor @ The Morton Arboretum
Attendees are encouraged to grab a grown-up hot chocolate and get “the dirt” on soils from Arboretum soil ecologist Meghan Midgley, PhD. Midgley will discuss her latest research on the impacts of pres...Read on.
2/21/19 - 2/21/19 Stretch and Sip @ The Morton Arboretum
For ultimate relaxation, participants can join in an hour of peaceful yoga stretches followed by sipping a beverage of their choice while looking out at the tranquil setting of The Morton Arboretum....Read on.
2/21/19 - 2/28/19 Design a Meditative Garden @ The Morton Arboretum
Create a garden space that offers rest and renewal. This class will cover visual cues that help to create spaces to nurture the spirit and encourage a meditative stroll and relaxation. Participants wi...Read on.
2/23/19 - 2/24/19 Birdhouse Workshop @ The Morton Arboretum
Learn about birds and decorate a wooden birdhouse to take home. This workshop will also allow time to explore winter birds that live at the Arboretum during a short walk through the woods....Read on.

Facility Information

Number of Rooms15
Banquet Seating275
Largest Room 4,956 sq. ft.
Total Area 12,000 sq. ft.
Ceiling Height 18 Feet
Classroom Capacity120
Theater Capacity150
Wireless Internet Access - Meeting Rooms Yes
Hard Wired Internet Access - Meeting Rooms Yes
Banquet Space Yes
Private Dining Space Available Yes
Exhibit Space Yes
Auditorium Seating Available Yes
Meeting/Banquet/Exhibit Space Available? Yes
Allow Outside Caterers Yes
On-Site AV Yes
On-Site Computers Yes
Available for Private Events Yes
Provide On-Site Catering Yes
Conference Seating Capacity 300
Auditorium Seating Capacity 100
Total Exhibit Space Sq. Ft. 1,800 sq. ft.

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