Is there anything more perfect than spending a beautiful fall weekend apple or pumpkin picking? This year, Michigan State University has predicted that harvest dates for the 2022 season for apples are expected to be close to or slightly ahead of average, so it’s prime time to pick!
Here is a list of orchards and pumpkin patches around Chicago – or a short drive away – to help you make your plans. Just don’t forget to check the hours and the U-Pick status before you head out.
This orchard offers two maze options: a short path for kiddos and a longer path for the experts. Apples can be picked on the weekends, and pumpkins are ready through Oct. 30. Check their Facebook for updates on apple harvest availability. 14510 Route 176, Woodstock
Didier’s Pumpkinfest runs from the end of Sept. 17 through Oct. 30. The fest offers hayrides, pony rides, camel rides, kiddie rides and more. 16678 W. Aptakisic Road, Lincolnshire
This farm offers pumpkins, squash, gourds, mums, a corn maze, farm animals, a haunted barn and cemetery and more. Open 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily through Oct. 30. 7502 E. Hansel Road, Channahon
Goebbert’s has been family-owned and operated for 74 years. With two locations they offer multiple attractions, including a haunted house, pumpkin cannon, wagon rides and a pumpkin-eating dinosaur. Their Fall Festival is open 9am-6pm, Monday-Saturday through Halloween.
Visit this orchard for “pure apple picking fun“ starting Sept. 16 from 10am-4pm. They will have snack-size Jonathan and McIntosh apples available for U-pick. 1050 Crest Road, Green Oaks
Kroll’s is celebrating 20 years of farm life this year with an epic corn maze. Visitors can also tour the farm or visit the petting zoo and pumpkin farm. Open Sept. 16 through Halloween, with timed entry required for Saturday and Sunday visitors. 13236 W. Townline Road, Waukegan
Once you make your way through the haunted forest, enjoy a woodland walk, bale maze, and more fall activities. Apple varieties include Honey Crisp, Pink Luster, Cortland, Jonathon, Sweet Tango, Gala and more. 1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park
Odyssey offers a corn maze, cow train, corn cannon, zip lines, and more. The Fall season opens Sept. 24. 19111 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park
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Not only can you pick the perfect pumpkin, but you can also take a ride down a 100-foot slide before getting lost in the world’s largest corn maze. 909 English Prairie Road, Spring Grove
This U-Pick apple orchard offers 30 varieties of apples, grown from more than 20,000 apple trees! They’ve also got summer and fall raspberries, pumpkins, giant pumpkins, gourds and squash. Open Monday-Sunday through Oct. 31. 15908 Hebron Road, Harvard
This family farm has a pumpkin fest with hayrides, barnyard animals, spooky shed, café and shop. Plus, there’s a corn maze and pony rides on weekends. Their Farm Pumpkin Fest starts Sept. 24, and will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. 17250 S. Weber Road, Crest Hill
In addition to U-Pick apples, Windy Acres Farm has attractions including a petting zoo, corn stalk maze, giant jumping pillow and mini golf. Their Apple & Pumpkin Festival begins September 17 and ends Oct 31. 37W446 Fabyan Parkway, Geneva
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Macaire Douglas lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and two sons. She proudly supports Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to prevent the illegal abandonment of newborns nationwide. Since its inception in 2000, more than 3,600 newborns have been safely surrendered and adopted into loving homes.