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2018 Outstanding Employer in DuPage County
Aramark at The Morton Arboretum has been nominated as an outstanding employer that supports individuals with disabilities in the workplace.

2018 Illinois' 200 Great Places List
The Illinois Council of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Illinois) named The Morton Arboretum among Illinois’ 200 Great Places in 2018, in honor of the state’s Bicentennial.

The Knot 2018
The Morton Arboretum named in its Best of Weddings Hall of Fame.

2017 10Best Readers’ Choice Award
The Morton Arboretum is one of the winners of the USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice travel award

2017 Certificate of Excellence 
The Morton Arboretum has been recognized with a 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.

2017 Experts’ Choice Award 
The Morton Arboretum has received the 2017 Experts’ Choice Award from TripExpert.

Hansell Marketing Award recipient
2016 The Morton Arboretum was honored by the American Public Gardens for Building A Brand: The Champion of Trees

Silver Stevie award winner
2015 The Morton Arboretum APP won silver under the Integrated Mobile Experience category

Illinois Arborist Association Illinois Tree Climbing Championship
2015 first and third place to Arboretum arborists Beau Nagan and Brandon Dobnick.

Garden Writer's Association
2015 Gold Award for Best Newspaper Writing by the Arboretum's Senior Writer, Elizabeth Botts, for her Chicago Tribune article, "How Native are Your Native Plants." 

Public Relations Society of America
2014 Skyline Award for Integrated Communications - Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

Publicity Club of Chicago
2014 Silver Trumpet Award for Public Relations - Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

 AAM Accreditation
2013 The Morton Arboretum has received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition for a museum.

ArbNet Accreditation Level IV
2011 The Morton Arboretum has been awarded a  Level IV Accreditation. The Arboretum is now recognized as an accredited arboretum in The Morton Register of Arboretum.

CMSA Spotlight Awards 
2009 Best CMS-Powered Non-Profit Sites

American Institute of Architects - Illinois
2007 The Morton Arboretum named as one of the 150 Great Places In Illinois

American Society of Landscape Architects (Colorado and Illinois Chapters)
2006 President's Award of Excellence for Landscape Design - Children's Garden

American Society of Civil Engineers - Illinois Section
2005 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement of the Year Under $5 Million
The Main Parking Lot

Illinois Engineering Council
2005 Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award
The Main Parking Lot

The Conservation Foundation
2005 Recognition Award
Environmentally-Sustainable Building Design (Visitor Center) and Main Parking Lot/Restoration of Meadow Lake

Midwest Construction Magazine
2005 Award of Merit: Site Landscaping
The Children's Garden

Concrete Construction Magazine
2005 One of Top 10 Projects for Decorative Concrete in Children's Garden

The Daily Herald
2005 Lisle Person of the Year–Gerry Donnelly, President and CEO
For vision and leadership in redeveloping the master site plan, which has made a significant difference in the community

2005 Conservation Leadership Award - Dr. George Ware, Dendrologist Emeritus
For research and community service improving diversity and health of urban forests

U.S. Forest Service
Outstanding Partner Organization Award. Presented in 2004 at Centennial Forum.

National Arbor Day Foundation
2004 Arbor Day Celebration Award

American Society of Landscape Architects (Colorado Chapter)
2003 Honor Award in Planning and Urban Design
For Children's Garden Master Plan