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Admission and hours

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention

The Arboretum grounds are open at this time for members and visitors to enjoy. In alignment with the state's recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), all Arboretum buildings and the Children's Garden and Maze Garden are closed through Tuesday, April 7. Please note the following adjustments in operations to help you plan your visit accordingly:

  • Adjusted hours: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily (last entry at 5:00 p.m.)
  • Regular Arboretum admission rates apply. For staff safety, only credit cards and member cards will be accepted.
  • All indoor restrooms are closed. Please plan your visit accordingly. Portable restrooms for urgent needs only: Bus lot (Visitor Center parking area), Big Rock Visitor Station (Parking lot 13 - East Side), Prairie Visitor Station (Parking lot 25 - West Side)
  • Please leave dogs and other pets at home, except for on specially designated days. If you arrive with a dog, you will not be allowed to enter, and will be asked to leave if seen on the site (refunds will not be available).

In order for the Arboretum to remain open, visitors must practice social distancing recommendations for their own safety and the safety of others.

  • Remain six (6) feet from others
  • Pass in single file at the sides of trails and roads
  • Do not gather in groups around the Troll Hunt sculptures or other areas

Check this Arboretum webpage for ongoing updates and more visiting tips. 

Admission

  • Adults ages 18–64, $15 ($10 Wednesdays*)
  • Seniors 65, +$13 ($9 Wednesdays*)
  • Children ages 2–17, $10 ($7 Wednesdays*)
  • Children 1 and younger are free

*Wednesdays are discount admission!

Daily admission tickets can be purchased at the entry gatehouses or pre-purchased online. Members always enter for free with valid membership credentials.

Admission includes FREE parking. 

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

Please leave dogs and other pets at home, except for on specially designated days.

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

Pre-Paid Admission

Want to save a little time at the gatehouse during your daytime visit?
(General Admission only; discounted Wednesday admission is not available online.)
 
Ticket purchasers will receive an email from registeronline@mortonarb.org with a PDF receipt and a PDF containing the tickets. Each ticket purchased will be on a separate page. Each of those ticket barcodes needs to be presented for entry. Tickets can be printed, or they can be displayed on a phone for barcode scanning. Tickets are valid for a year after their purchase date.
 

Hours

The Arboretum grounds are open 365 days a year! All Arboretum buildings are closed to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Adjusted hours: The grounds are open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily (last entry at 5:00 p.m.). 

Visitor Center - Closed 

  • 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 4:00 p.m.

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 - Closed  

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

Daily, 9:30 a.m. to sunset  

The Arboretum Store - Closed 

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

Plant Clinic - Closed

  • 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.
  • The Plant Clinic is 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 - Closed

  • 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Daily
  • 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays for breakfast (not available on April 11 or 12)
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Ginkgo Café - Closed

  • 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; closed at 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Sterling Morton Library - Closed

  • November through March: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • April through October: Tuesday through 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.

Thornhill Education Center - Closed 

Education Registration office (630-719-2468)

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

Founder's Room - Closed 

(Located at Thornhill Education Center)

  • Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Intermittently closed for rental events)

 

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