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. 

Permit sales are subject to availability, and the permit must be applied for at least three days prior to the date of photography (a $25 fee is added to last minute transactions).  The last permit on weekends (Fri - Sun) is good until 5 PM.  See photo permit request form below for more information on fees and regulations. Prices are subject to change without prior notice. When you decide to hold your event at The Morton Arboretum, we will gladly waive the customary permit fee. 

How to purchase a photography permit:

Complete the Google form "2018 Photo Permit Request" and follow instructions to submit the form.  2018 Photography Permit Online Request Form.
Please note that if you need a permit in less than three (3) business days, complete the form as directed and add a $25 late fee to your order.

Commercial photography and video recording rates vary. For more information, email your questions to

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.  

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