Plan a visit

Getting here:

Located in the western suburbs of Chicago, The Morton Arboretum is conveniently located just north of I-88 on IL Route 53.  There is an exit ramp to Il Route 53 from westbound I-88.  Directions


All visitors must enter through the parking gatehouses on the East Side of the Arboretum.  Members need only show their membership card for free entry. Admission tickets can be purchased at the gatehouse from an attendant, including Museums for All tickets. Printed pre-purchased tickets and group admission tickets will be accepted here. Gatehouse attendants will direct you to free parking.  

Getting Around:

The Visitors Center on the East Side is usually visitors' first stop and is your gateway to the Arboretum. Visitor Services staff are happy to answer any questions you have about your visit. Tickets for tram tours and many special events can be purchased here. More detailed calendars, brochures, and informational handouts are also available, including maps of the PDF iconEast Side Map (PDF) PDF iconWest Side Map (PDF)  and a PDF iconHiking Map (PDF) .  A virtual map is also available on The Morton Arboretum app.  Experience the beauty of the Arboretum's 1,700 acres on a guided tram tour or by your own by hiking, biking and seasonal. In the blooming seasons, you can follow the weekly Bloom and Color Report, to see the most colorful botanicals in our gardens. 

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In the West Pavilion of the Visitors Center is the Plant Clinic, the go to location to get in-person advice from our trained staff and volunteers.  Visit the Sterling Morton Library and its collection of scholarly and general interest information resources about plants.  Or, hike up to our latest installation Gateway for Tree Science for some hands-on learning lead by our scientists and staff. 

Relax and enjoy

The Visitors Center offers other opportunities to relax and enjoy the setting.  The Ginkgo Restaurant & Cafe are located in the East Pavilion of the Visitors Center. Enjoy lunch or a drink with an unobstructed view of Meadow Lake, Point and xxx.  Outdoor seating in Arbor Court is in view of The Maze Garden, the Ground Cover Garden and a shady canopy of trees.  The Arboretum Store pick up a momento of your visit,