The Morton Arboretum isn't your average botanic garden devoted to trees! It's a breathtaking haven for hiking, biking, special events, and plant conservation.
This landscape showcases plants from around the globe. Beneath the cathedral of trees, couples marry and pledge their love and a symphony weaves sweet melodies during summer concerts. Festivals celebrate seasons, food, and ethnic cultures, but most of all, the park is a peaceful respite from the stress of modern life. Guests can find refreshment in prairie, meadows, gardens, and enchanting woodlands at this gorgeous park.
A vast network of hiking and bike paths meanders through the park's 1,700 acres. Fascinating plantings include the maze, as well as wild and fragrance gardens. In the interactive Children's Garden, kids can explore tree forts, water play, winding paths, and backyard treasures. The library houses rare books and prints, and a few of the park's events include photography exhibits, mystery dinners, family nights, chocolate expos, and moonlit walks.
The park's mission is to make Chicago a healthy and beautiful place to live, and it achieves this aim in spades! Tree species from around the world are preserved, saving them from disease and destruction. The collection is designed to inspire guests and impress them with its gracefulness.
A second goal is to teach people how to cultivate plants to enhance their environment. Educational offerings include certificate courses, a botany degree program, and classes targeting children, families, and adults. Topics span a varied gamut, such as bird-watching, edible gardening, and Chinese brush painting.
The grounds are open daily from 7am to sunset. Especially delightful are narrated tram tours, conducted from spring through fall. Morton Arboretum offers seasonal fun for everyone!