Morton Arboretum Prepares To Reopen, With Modifications

Nancy Harty
May 22, 2020 - 6:07 pm

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Morton Arboretum is making some changes in preparation for opening next month.

A new entry system aims to control crowds and the Lisle “tree museum” will open only to members for the first two weeks.

The moves come as other popular natural spaces such as the Chicago lakefront, the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Garfield Park Conservatory remain closed. 

Starting Friday May 29, members can go online to reserve a pass for a specific entrance time.

Spokeswoman Tari Marshall said that will enable touchless entry and allow the arboretum to monitor and pace the number of people inside its 1,700-acre site.  

Buildings and concessions will be closed but outdoor bathrooms and 16 miles of hiking trails will be open to visitors.

It will be members only from June 1 – 14 and then open to the public on the 15th.

Marshall said masks are not required but they encourage you to bring one in case you’re unable to socially distance from others in certain areas.

A spokeswoman for the Chicago Botanic Garden said they plan to remain closed until July 1, citing safety concerns for staffers. If they can open safely before then, they will.