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Event venues and rates


Why settle for just a room with four walls when you can enjoy a room with a view? The Morton Arboretum has venues for every occasion, and each comes complete with picturesque views that make any event memorable. The award-winning aspects of the Arboretum add beauty and panache to any event. 

The Visitor Center won The Conservation Foundation 2005 Award for Environmentally-Sustainable Building Designs. Environmentally-progressive pavements won the 2005 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement of the Year Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. 

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.

Rental Rates

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The Morton Arboretum continues to closely monitor national and local guidance related to the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Arboretum's facility rental policies follow the State of Illinois' current coronavirus mitigation requirements.


The White Pine Pavilion

Available May through October, the White Pine Pavilion overlooks the majestic Conifer Collection at The Morton Arboretum. 
A 4,000-square-foot white tent overlooking the majestic Conifer Collection.
Dressed up or down, the White Pine Pavilion at the Arboretum creates a memorable outdoor setting for any event.

Thornhill Education Center

The Thornhill Education Center includes the Arbor Room, the Founder's Room, The Morton Terrace, and the Thornhill Lawn.

Situated on the site of the former Morton mansion, Thornhill Education Center's historic rooms, patio, and landscape are ideal settings.
Situated on the site of the former Morton mansion, Thornhill Education Center's historic rooms, terrace, and landscape are ideal settings.

Fragrance Garden

The Fragrance Garden is a perfect location for an intimate wedding ceremony.

Fragrance Garden Ceremony

Arbor Room

Arbor Room offers spectacular views with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking an expansive landscape. 

Arbor Room at The Morton Arboretum
Arbor Room guests can enjoy enjoy dinner and dancing inside and mingle outside on the stone terrace.

Founder's Room

Add character to your wedding or social event by hosting it in the former library of the Morton family mansion. The historic room features timeless ornate bookcases, marble fireplace, and stained glass windows. 

Founder's Room at Thornhill Education Center at The Morton Arboretum
The Founder's Room is an elegant setting for ceremonies and festivities.

Visitor Center

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.

Ginkgo Room at the Visitor Center
The Ginkgo Room is a large dining area ideal for sit-down dinners or formal events

The Hawthorn and Chestnut Rooms are available for daytime and evening rental and adjacent to the Ginkgo Room. 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.

Orientation Hall at the Visitor Center
Orientation Hall is ideal for pre-dinner festivities and cocktail receptions and offers views into Arbor Court.

Special Venues

In addition to the Visitor Center and Thornhill, several locations deserve your consideration.

Meadow Lake Point

Ceremonies sparkle on Meadow Lake Point.  This picturesque location encircled in trees provides an exceptional view overlooking the beauty of peaceful Meadow Lake.  This ceremony site is paired with our Ginkgo Room reception venue.

Meadow Lake Point


Sycamore Room

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 Sycamore Room has sheer glass walls overlooking the Ground Cover Garden
The Sycamore Room also has automated 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.