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The Morton Arboretum

Lisle , IL
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The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532 US (map)

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630-725-2190

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Your Perfect Day, Naturally.
Pick a wedding location that shows off your natural beauty.

Imagine your wedding amidst flowering trees, beautiful gardens, stunning autumn... Read more
Your Perfect Day, Naturally.
Pick a wedding location that shows off your natural beauty.

Imagine your wedding amidst flowering trees, beautiful gardens, stunning autumn leaves, or pristine snow-covered lakes. Exchange vows in an intimate room of a former historic mansion. Or have an elegant large-scale reception in a panoramic lake view room; all situated on our 1,700 acre grounds. The Morton Arboretum is a stunning outdoor museum of trees with majestic trees, gardens, lakes, and natural landscapes, located 25 miles west of Chicago in Lisle, Illinois. The Morton Arboretum specializes in elegant locations for outdoor ceremonies and catered indoor receptions--surrounded by breath-taking views of trees and nature. It is the perfect place to make lasting memories and capture magnificent wedding photos. When you select The Morton Arboretum as your dream wedding location, you are supporting the planting and conservation of trees. Read less
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REVIEWS

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Rachel
Wedding:
8/2/2015
5.0/5.0
Margaret was very helpful and responsive from the beginning. They entire place just made me feel comfortable and confident that I would have a very special wedding there! The catering company that they have in house is also demonstrating a lot of flexibility to help create my perfect menu!
Margaret was very helpful and responsive from the beginning. They entire place just made me feel comfortable and confident Read more...
Margaret was very helpful and responsive from the beginning. They entire place just made me feel comfortable and confident that I would have a very special wedding there! The catering company that they have in house is also demonstrating a lot of flexibility to help create my perfect menu! Read less
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Jill
Wedding:
11/22/2014
5.0/5.0
Everyone at the Arboretum was wondeful. We had so many guests tell us that the food/catering was amazing and it was!!!!
Everyone at the Arboretum was wondeful. We had so many guests tell us that the food/catering was amazing and it was!!!!
Everyone at the Arboretum was wondeful. We had so many guests tell us that the food/catering was amazing and it was!!!! Read less
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BRYAN
Wedding:
9/27/2014
4.4/5.0
The Arboretum was our dream wedding venue. We booked the Thornhill Educational Center, since it had the picturesque Founders Room and the beautiful Thornhill Lawn patio. And by booking it in September, and by having it as a daytime event, we were able to rent the space at an affordable rate.

We toured the facility under the guidance of Kim Wilson, who showed us around. We booked very soon after.

The time leading up to the event had many long, informal emails laying out the many last details, but everything came together as the date approached.

On the day of, all the tables and personnel were laid out perfectly. We only had to walk in and set up a few minor details, and we were good to go with our event. Everything else was taken care of.

I recommend this venue highly for all the beauty that it has to offer. I feel there really are few places that you will find that have that open, rustic, natural feel to them. You might have to take the initiative in communication to make sure everything is as ideal as you'd want, but it's well worth it. I also recommend renting the space for a daytime event. At night, you don't fully get to enjoy the arboretum for what it offers: the beautiful, scenic, open, outdoor setting.
The Arboretum was our dream wedding venue. We booked the Thornhill Educational Center, since it had the picturesque Read more...
The Arboretum was our dream wedding venue. We booked the Thornhill Educational Center, since it had the picturesque Founders Room and the beautiful Thornhill Lawn patio. And by booking it in September, and by having it as a daytime event, we were able to rent the space at an affordable rate.

We toured the facility under the guidance of Kim Wilson, who showed us around. We booked very soon after.

The time leading up to the event had many long, informal emails laying out the many last details, but everything came together as the date approached.

On the day of, all the tables and personnel were laid out perfectly. We only had to walk in and set up a few minor details, and we were good to go with our event. Everything else was taken care of.

I recommend this venue highly for all the beauty that it has to offer. I feel there really are few places that you will find that have that open, rustic, natural feel to them. You might have to take the initiative in communication to make sure everything is as ideal as you'd want, but it's well worth it. I also recommend renting the space for a daytime event. At night, you don't fully get to enjoy the arboretum for what it offers: the beautiful, scenic, open, outdoor setting. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.4/5.0
We chose the Arboretum for our ceremony and reception. We had a short ceremony immediately followed by a cocktail reception in the Sycamore room. We chose the Sycamore room because our guest count was going to be relatively small (about 100 people) and because it comes with a covered patio which was a wonderful safety net when planning an outdoor ceremony, as we were. The Sycamore room also does not have a minimum guest count or catering purchase as the other bigger rooms do.

We worked with Denise for the facility and initially Jeff, but ultimately Elana, for catering. Denise was very flexible and easy to work with, but sometimes response time was a bit slow. However, I understand how busy they are and in the end everything worked out perfectly fine.

There is only one catering option for the Arboretum, Classic Fare. I believe they were undergoing some staffing changes while we were wedding planning, but it was very frustrating at the slow response times. We didn't even meet with them until about 2 weeks before the wedding to go over the menu and only after I emailed at least twice asking about when we were going to talk about it. In the end, it all worked out, but it was an unnecessary point of stress when you're planning a wedding to have to chase down the caterer. However, the food was great, the service was great, all our guests were happy, and we were happy with our choice.

The bakery is The Cakery in Aurora. Awesome cake. It was hard to coordinate a tasting time since their hours are so limited. But, again, everyone loved it, it was beautiful and delicious.
We chose the Arboretum for our ceremony and reception. We had a short ceremony immediately followed by a cocktail Read more...
We chose the Arboretum for our ceremony and reception. We had a short ceremony immediately followed by a cocktail reception in the Sycamore room. We chose the Sycamore room because our guest count was going to be relatively small (about 100 people) and because it comes with a covered patio which was a wonderful safety net when planning an outdoor ceremony, as we were. The Sycamore room also does not have a minimum guest count or catering purchase as the other bigger rooms do.

We worked with Denise for the facility and initially Jeff, but ultimately Elana, for catering. Denise was very flexible and easy to work with, but sometimes response time was a bit slow. However, I understand how busy they are and in the end everything worked out perfectly fine.

There is only one catering option for the Arboretum, Classic Fare. I believe they were undergoing some staffing changes while we were wedding planning, but it was very frustrating at the slow response times. We didn't even meet with them until about 2 weeks before the wedding to go over the menu and only after I emailed at least twice asking about when we were going to talk about it. In the end, it all worked out, but it was an unnecessary point of stress when you're planning a wedding to have to chase down the caterer. However, the food was great, the service was great, all our guests were happy, and we were happy with our choice.

The bakery is The Cakery in Aurora. Awesome cake. It was hard to coordinate a tasting time since their hours are so limited. But, again, everyone loved it, it was beautiful and delicious. Read less
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Nick
Wedding:
4/19/2014
4.3/5.0
We visited the Morton Arboretum first (my mom's suggestion) and it remained our first venue choice throughout the process. In the end, we are very happy to have picked them to host our wedding.

Four significant points in their favor:

1) If the weather cooperates, the grounds, the buildings, the rooms, and the scenery are incredible. This is truly a beautiful place.
2) They are quite capable day-of managers. There were exactly zero issues with the various vendors who provided services on our wedding day. If you reserve this venue, don't bother with a day-of planner.
3) They handle ALL table/chair/linen services - each are included in the *quite reasonable* facility rental cost (with premium options costing more). We were very happy with the choices available, and they were terrific day-of.
4) While catering is expensive (see below) the facility rental fee is very reasonable for the services provided.

Some points against:

1) The catering is quite expensive. Per-person we spent more than $100. I recognize that's somewhat typical nowadays, but there is no option to shop around - you must order from their caterer for all foods types they can make. Thankfully, they ARE willing to let you work with another caterer if they can't easily make a genre of food (Indian, or East Asian for example). They play nice - we got Indian food and it was all served quickly and without issue.
2) They can be unresponsive to emails - it didn't endanger any plans thankfully, but it was occasionally aggravating.

Overall, we are super happy with the results. Elana (Catering) and Denise (event) were both good contacts, and we recommend their services to any couple that loves nature/the outdoors.
We visited the Morton Arboretum first (my mom's suggestion) and it remained our first venue choice throughout the process. Read more...
We visited the Morton Arboretum first (my mom's suggestion) and it remained our first venue choice throughout the process. In the end, we are very happy to have picked them to host our wedding.

Four significant points in their favor:

1) If the weather cooperates, the grounds, the buildings, the rooms, and the scenery are incredible. This is truly a beautiful place.
2) They are quite capable day-of managers. There were exactly zero issues with the various vendors who provided services on our wedding day. If you reserve this venue, don't bother with a day-of planner.
3) They handle ALL table/chair/linen services - each are included in the *quite reasonable* facility rental cost (with premium options costing more). We were very happy with the choices available, and they were terrific day-of.
4) While catering is expensive (see below) the facility rental fee is very reasonable for the services provided.

Some points against:

1) The catering is quite expensive. Per-person we spent more than $100. I recognize that's somewhat typical nowadays, but there is no option to shop around - you must order from their caterer for all foods types they can make. Thankfully, they ARE willing to let you work with another caterer if they can't easily make a genre of food (Indian, or East Asian for example). They play nice - we got Indian food and it was all served quickly and without issue.
2) They can be unresponsive to emails - it didn't endanger any plans thankfully, but it was occasionally aggravating.

Overall, we are super happy with the results. Elana (Catering) and Denise (event) were both good contacts, and we recommend their services to any couple that loves nature/the outdoors. Read less
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Jillian
Wedding:
10/5/2013
3.4/5.0
The Morton Arboretum is a beautiful venue for a wedding or party. The staff is friendly and wants to provide excellent service. Unfortunately they book two events a day in the same location and run multiple locations on the same day. They are understaffed and as a result the responsiveness ranges from 1 - 3 weeks, mistakes get made and without your own onsite planner your event plan is at risk.

Note: Rating is NOT for the Catering.
The catering at the Morton Arboretum was delicious and unique. The management is another story. For my wedding the final costing was late and took almost 10 reviews before it was correct. The catering manager kept pressing me to pay the final bill because it was past due (her fault) yet I would not reccommend overpaying when the bill is wrong. For our event our opening cider and late night snacks were not located in the correct spot and were in such a random place no one knew they were there = wasted money. During the reception we had a few vegetarians; one of which was given steak and my husband (the groom) had to give us his meal. I am not sure if is it a skill issue or an overbooking issue. Either way, it was unacceptable - be careful and on top of the catering with your Morton Arboretum events.
The Morton Arboretum is a beautiful venue for a wedding or party. The staff is friendly and wants to provide excellent Read more...
The Morton Arboretum is a beautiful venue for a wedding or party. The staff is friendly and wants to provide excellent service. Unfortunately they book two events a day in the same location and run multiple locations on the same day. They are understaffed and as a result the responsiveness ranges from 1 - 3 weeks, mistakes get made and without your own onsite planner your event plan is at risk.

Note: Rating is NOT for the Catering.
The catering at the Morton Arboretum was delicious and unique. The management is another story. For my wedding the final costing was late and took almost 10 reviews before it was correct. The catering manager kept pressing me to pay the final bill because it was past due (her fault) yet I would not reccommend overpaying when the bill is wrong. For our event our opening cider and late night snacks were not located in the correct spot and were in such a random place no one knew they were there = wasted money. During the reception we had a few vegetarians; one of which was given steak and my husband (the groom) had to give us his meal. I am not sure if is it a skill issue or an overbooking issue. Either way, it was unacceptable - be careful and on top of the catering with your Morton Arboretum events. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
2.2/5.0
The arboretum was a beautiful setting for our wedding, and our event coordinator was very good.

However, when using that venue, one is required to use Classic Fare Catering. Working with their representative was an absolute nightmare. Despite repeated meetings/phone calls/emails, she just couldn't get the arrangements straight. She made a busy time so much more stressful! And requests to management to get the situation under control went unheeded.

Fortunately, all was ultimately done as requested with the food quality being very good. But I wouldn't wish this part of our experience on anyone else.
The arboretum was a beautiful setting for our wedding, and our event coordinator was very good.

However, when Read more...
The arboretum was a beautiful setting for our wedding, and our event coordinator was very good.

However, when using that venue, one is required to use Classic Fare Catering. Working with their representative was an absolute nightmare. Despite repeated meetings/phone calls/emails, she just couldn't get the arrangements straight. She made a busy time so much more stressful! And requests to management to get the situation under control went unheeded.

Fortunately, all was ultimately done as requested with the food quality being very good. But I wouldn't wish this part of our experience on anyone else. Read less
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Kathryn
Wedding:
8/23/2013
4.4/5.0
Denise and Amy were great with helping me plan my wedding. Sometimes responses are a bit slow but probably because they are so busy. Overall everything was pretty much how we wanted it. The wedding was absolutely beautiful. Our entire vendor list is much to thank for making it just perfect. We had a problem with a couple lost checks but I would think Morton Arboretums mail processing has some flaws. I would suggest not sending a check in the mail to them. Overall everything was great and I'm happy we chose to have it at Morton.
Denise and Amy were great with helping me plan my wedding. Sometimes responses are a bit slow but probably because they Read more...
Denise and Amy were great with helping me plan my wedding. Sometimes responses are a bit slow but probably because they are so busy. Overall everything was pretty much how we wanted it. The wedding was absolutely beautiful. Our entire vendor list is much to thank for making it just perfect. We had a problem with a couple lost checks but I would think Morton Arboretums mail processing has some flaws. I would suggest not sending a check in the mail to them. Overall everything was great and I'm happy we chose to have it at Morton. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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april
Wedding:
7/27/2013
4.8/5.0
The Morton Arboretum was the perfect backdrop to our wedding and made for a very memorable day! It was a pleasure working with Margaret and Brenda. They were both very accommodating throughout the entire process and allowed for the day to run very smoothly. The menu selections were amazing and everything looked and tasted great! Everything was setup perfectly for our ceremony and reception and the entire staff at the Morton Arboretum and Classic Fare Catering were courteous and professional and did an excellent job. We certainly enjoyed having our wedding at the Arboretum and we definitely recommend this venue to others.
The Morton Arboretum was the perfect backdrop to our wedding and made for a very memorable day! It was a pleasure working Read more...
The Morton Arboretum was the perfect backdrop to our wedding and made for a very memorable day! It was a pleasure working with Margaret and Brenda. They were both very accommodating throughout the entire process and allowed for the day to run very smoothly. The menu selections were amazing and everything looked and tasted great! Everything was setup perfectly for our ceremony and reception and the entire staff at the Morton Arboretum and Classic Fare Catering were courteous and professional and did an excellent job. We certainly enjoyed having our wedding at the Arboretum and we definitely recommend this venue to others. Read less
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Catherine
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
The Morton Arboretum was a perfect venue for my wedding. I had looked at many places large enough to host 300 guests and most places I toured looked like a banquet hall and lacked character. As soon as I saw the Ginko Room, with the floor to ceiling windows, I knew the arboretum was the place for me. I was extremely happy with how everything came together the day of the wedding. The entire staff from the wait staff to the security man were very professional and helpful throughout the evening. Many guests commented on the beautiful location and wonderful food. I would highly recommend the Morton Arboretum to future brides!
The Morton Arboretum was a perfect venue for my wedding. I had looked at many places large enough to host 300 guests and Read more...
The Morton Arboretum was a perfect venue for my wedding. I had looked at many places large enough to host 300 guests and most places I toured looked like a banquet hall and lacked character. As soon as I saw the Ginko Room, with the floor to ceiling windows, I knew the arboretum was the place for me. I was extremely happy with how everything came together the day of the wedding. The entire staff from the wait staff to the security man were very professional and helpful throughout the evening. Many guests commented on the beautiful location and wonderful food. I would highly recommend the Morton Arboretum to future brides! Read less
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Brides who choose to have their ceremony or reception at The Morton Arboretum during November-April can take advantage of competitive discounts
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