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Located in the Visitor Center, the Ginkgo Restaurant and Café offers indoor dining, as well as outdoor seating and picnic lunches to go.

Enjoy a healthy assortment of beverages and locally sourced food, freshly created with a commitment to sustainable practices. Take in sweeping views of the Arboretum’s Meadow Lake from the dining room. Open daily for lunch, the Ginkgo Restaurant and Café is the perfect choice for a picnic, lunch with friends, or weekend brunch after a walk through woods. The menu of internationally inspired meals includes vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, as well as craft beer and wines, baked goods, and coffee. The widely acclaimed menu and venue are also available for private events and catering.

The Ginkgo Restaurant is a Level 2 Certified Green Restaurant.®

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The Ginkgo Restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (closed Mondays). The Ginkgo Room is cleaned regularly between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

The Arboretum is operating in accordance with State of Illinois mask requirements throughout its facilities and grounds. Accordingly, masks are currently required indoors, regardless of vaccination status. For more information about COVID mitigation measures at the Arboretum, visit Know Before you Go.

The restaurant accepts both cash and credit cards as payment. Tables are available in Arbor Court for guests who purchase food from the restaurant. Guests are also welcome to picnic on the Arboretum grounds. Please plan accordingly.

Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Easter, and Mother’s Day.

Ginkgo Café

A modified assortment of freshly made food and beverages is currently available at the Ginkgo Café, ranging from bakery items to salads, soups, and sandwiches. Espresso beverages and drip coffee are also available.

There are a limited number of tables and seating near the Café in Orientation Hall. Guest tables inside the Ginkgo Room are reserved for restaurant guests only. Guests are welcome to picnic on the Arboretum grounds. Please plan accordingly.

The Café is open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily; open October 11, Indigenous Peoples’ Day; and closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

A concession stand in Arbor Court is open on weekends, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Fall Fest Concession Tents (Open October 2nd through October 31st, 2021)

The Arboretum’s Fall Fest Concession Tents will be open from October 2 to 31, 2021. Cash, credit cards, Google, and Apple pay will be accepted forms of payment for tickets to redeem any of the Fall Fest Menu items. Tents will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on weekends (as well as on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Monday, October 11th).


Arbor Oak Amber Ale

The Morton Arboretum introduced Arbor Oak Amber Ale, the first beer created specifically for the Arboretum, in 2015. The ale, brewed with oak chips from the grounds and special-roast malts from Wisconsin, is a perfect blend of seasonal flavors. Arbor Oak Amber Ale balances malt complexity with just enough hops for a citrus-spice finish. The slightly oaked character delivers a hint of warm vanilla.

Arbor Oak Amber Ale will be available at select local liquor stores, so take home a six-pack! We are honored that the Arboretum’s first craft beer has been popular enough to make it available to you for home entertaining.

Bottled by Lake Effect Brewing Company LLC-Chicago, Illinois.

Joy Path Juniper Saison Ale

The Morton Arboretum introduces the second beer,  Joy Path Juniper Saison Ale, spiced with juniper berries from The Morton Arboretum. This warm-weather brew updates a traditional farmhouse ale. Like gin—another juniper-flavored classic for summer—it is refreshingly finished with a twist of lime. Pure joy inside!

Bottled by Lake Effect Brewing Company LLC-Chicago, Illinois.


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