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10 TRENDS | In Award-Winning Pumpkin Patches and Apple Orchards

Award-Winning Apple Orchards & Pumpkin Patches

The Chicagoland area is rich with fall activities, from hayrides to corn mazes. But perhaps the most quintessential fall pastime is visiting apple orchards and pumpkin patches. Here are some of the top-rated apple orchards and pumpkin patches in the Chicagoland area that have been recognized for their standout offerings.

#1| Jack's Pumpkin Pop-up

CHICAGO–Jack's Pumpkin Pop-up is more than just a pumpkin patch. It's a complete autumn adventure located right in the heart of Chicago. With its extensive selection of pumpkins and unique city setting, it's no wonder this spot is a local favorite. Guests love the axe throwing and carnival games, along with the four bars that are on site. Fun!

#2 | Apple Holler

STURTEVANT–Apple Holler is not just an orchard; it's an adventure. Known for its expansive apple and pumpkin picking opportunities, it also offers a variety of seasonal activities, making it a cherished fall destination.

#3 | Goebbert's Pumpkin Farm

PINGREE GROVE, IL– Goebbert's Pumpkin Farm & Garden Center is a household name when it comes to pumpkin patches near Chicago. This family-friendly spot offers a variety of pumpkins, a garden center, and even a farm animal area.

#4 | Countytline Apple Orchard

HOBART, IN–County Line Orchard is a dual-threat: it's both an apple orchard and a pumpkin patch. Known for its U-pick apples and pumpkins, it also offers delicious apple cider, including a unique cherry-apple variety. Get lost in the HUGE corn maze and be sure to leave with some hot peaches and farm house pickles.

#5 | Jonamac Apple Orchard

MALTA, IL–Jonamac Apple Orchard is another excellent location for apple picking in the Chicago area. With its vast apple selection and accompanying pumpkin patch, Jonamac provides a comprehensive fall experience. You’ll love the Cider Garden Patio where you can relax and explore a range of apple wines, hard ciders, and collaborative beers. Enjoy the Haunted Corn Maze on Friday & Saturday Nights in October.

#6 | Didier Farms

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL–Didier Farms offers a traditional pumpkin patch experience with a twist. In addition to a wide selection of pumpkins, visitors can enjoy a variety of attractions including hayrides, corn mazes, and train rides. Plus, pony rides and camel rides, too! Wow.

#7 | Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm

MINOOKA, IL–Heap's Giant Pumpkin Farm is true to its name, offering giant pumpkins for those looking to make a statement with their fall décor. The farm also offers hayrides and a corn maze. Stay late for the moonlight hayrides - you will love making this memory.

#8 | Windy Acre Farms

GENEVA, IL–Fall Fest at this local area farm is beyond fun! Whether you are staying for an hour or for the day, your group will surely make memories that will last a lifetime! From farm-themed shows and unique games, to barnyard shops, a petting zoo and more.

#9 | Kuiper’s Family Farm

MAPLE PARK, IL–Kuipers Family Farm is a cherished destination in the Chicagoland area, particularly during the fall season. The farm is filled with the aroma of fresh apple cider doughnuts, home-baked pies, and fudge, making it a sensory delight.

#10 | Johansen Farms

BOLINGBROOK, IL–This is a local favorite for its annual Fall Festival and Children's Zoo. The festival offers a range of family-friendly activities, with the pumpkin patch being a standout feature. At the Children's Zoo, children can enjoy a variety of attractions, including rides, surrounded by a cornstalk fence. The admission price covers all animals, available rides, and scheduled activities, making it a fun-filled, all-day experience. Johansen Farms, originally established in 1925, continues to provide memorable experiences for families each fall.


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