Morton Arboretum

Morton Arboretum showing wildflowers

Morton Arboretum

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Leave the skyscrapers of Chicago behind by escaping inland to tranquil gardens that feature model railroads, a vast array of trees and peaceful ponds.

Disappear into the extensive woodland and leafy gardens of the Morton Arboretum, an expansive green space in western Chicago.

Spreading out over 1,700 acres (688 hectares) and encompassing several different landscapes, the gardens feel a world away from the skyscrapers of the Windy City. Wander through the arboretum to enjoy a moment of peace and to see a collection of trees from over 40 countries.

The arboretum is named after its founder, Joy Morton, a business owner who opened the gardens in 1922. Joy Morton’s father, J. Sterling Morton, was the founder of Arbor Day. Marvel at the hundreds of trees scattered throughout the arboretum, which was designed with the mission of studying and learning about trees from all around the world.

Join one of the hiking trails that cross the park. Way-marked routes make the arboretum easy to navigate. It is also possible to drive or cycle through the park on the 9 miles (14 kilometers) of paved roads that wind through it. Take a rest by the ponds and lakes in different corners of the gardens.

Pause by any tree that piques your interest. The arboretum hosts over 41,000 labeled specimens, ensuring that you will learn about the environment as you go. One way to learn about the trees is to take a guided tram tour on the Acorn Express, which runs regularly through the park.

Visit the different themed gardens that make up the arboretum. Get lost in the Maze Garden and breathe in the delightful scents of the Fragrance Garden. The Children’s Garden features two play areas that are designed with an educational slant. Regular programs and learning experiences are also put on for younger visitors.

Morton Arboretum is located in the Lisle neighborhood, west of central Chicago. Drive here in about 35 minutes from the Downtown district and use one of the many on-site parking lots.

Come any time between dawn and dusk to explore the arboretum and visit in winter to take snowy hikes through the woods.

Top Hotels Close to Morton Arboretum

Best Western Chicago - Downers Grove
Best Western Chicago - Downers Grove
2.5 out of 5
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Hyatt Regency Lisle near Naperville
Hyatt Regency Lisle near Naperville
3.5 out of 5
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Extended Stay America Suites Chicago Lisle
Extended Stay America Suites Chicago Lisle
2.5 out of 5
445 Warrenville Rd, Lisle, IL, 60532
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Best Western Chicago - Downers Grove
Best Western Chicago - Downers Grove
2.5 out of 5
3010 Finley Rd, Downers Grove, IL, 60515
The price is $67 per night from May 23 to May 24
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Hyatt Regency Lisle near Naperville
Hyatt Regency Lisle near Naperville
3.5 out of 5
1400 Corporetum Drive, Lisle, IL, 60532
The price is $111 per night from May 22 to May 23
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Extended Stay America Suites Chicago Lisle
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2.5 out of 5
445 Warrenville Rd, Lisle, IL, 60532
The price is $95 per night from May 23 to May 24
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Intown Suites Extended Stay Chicago Il - Downers Grove
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DoubleTree by Hilton Lisle Naperville
DoubleTree by Hilton Lisle Naperville
4 out of 5
3003 Corporate West Dr, Naperville, IL, 60532
The price is $106 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
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SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Chicago Lombard
SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Chicago Lombard
2.5 out of 5
222 E 22nd Street, Lombard, IL, 60148
The price is $76 per night from May 17 to May 18
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Sheraton Lisle Naperville Hotel
Sheraton Lisle Naperville Hotel
3.5 out of 5
3000 Warrenville Rd, Lisle, IL, 60532
The price is $116 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
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DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Htl & Conf Cntr Downers Grove
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Htl & Conf Cntr Downers Grove
4 out of 5
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The price is $150 per night from May 30 to May 31
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