Apple Orchards, Pumpkin Patches and Fall Fun Around Chicago

Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches, Fall Fashion, Recipes and More Ways to Enjoy the Season Around Chicago

Temperatures are falling, but outdoor fun is just starting to heat up.

Even if you’re missing sun and sand, you’ll love a Saturday afternoon spent picking apples and searching for that perfectly round pumpkin. It’s definitely worth the drive!

Your family can also stay closer to home with many of the fall activities offered throughout Chicago and the North Shore. So grab your calendar and start planning for these fall festivities.

Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches 

All Seasons Orchard

This orchard offers two maze options: a short path for kiddos and a longer path for the experts. 14510 Route 176, Woodstock

County Line Orchard 

Don’t forget to say hello to Peter the Pumpkin Eating Dinosaur. 200 S. County Line Road, Hobart, Indiana

Didier Farms

Didier’s Pumpkinfest runs from the end of September through October and features hayrides, camel rides, crafts, and more. 16678 W. Aptakisic Road, Lincolnshire

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard

Admission at Goebbert’s includes 15 attractions, including a haunted house, pumpkin express train, corn box, giant pumpkin slide, pumpkin cannon, and pumpkin eating dinosaur. 42W813 Reinking Road, Hampshire

apple orchard
Photo by Andrii Podilnyk on Unsplash.

Green Meadows Petting Farm

Not only can you visit the pumpkin patch and enjoy a hay ride, but you can also meet animals like baby goats, pigs, and cows. 33603 High Drive, East Troy, Wisconsin

Heinz Orchard

Visit this orchard for “pure apple picking fun.” Check the website for updates on hours and availability. 1050 Crest Road, Green Oaks

Kuipers Family Farm

Once you make your way through the haunted forest, enjoy a haywagon ride, woodland walk, bale maze, and more fall activities. 1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park

Odyssey Fun Farm

Odyssey offers a corn maze, cow train, corn cannon, zip lines, and more. 19111 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park

pumpkin patch
Photo by Marius Ciocirlan on Unsplash.

Richardson Farm

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 

The Apple Barn Orchard and Winery

Make it a date night! Pick your own apples (weekends only) and then sample fruit wines. W6384 Sugar Creek Road, Elkhorn, Wisconsin

Windy Acres Farm

Attractions include a petting zoo, corn stalk maze, giant jumping pillow, mini golf, and electric train ride (new this year). 37W446 Fabyan Parkway, Geneva 

Fall Fun

Fall Color Festival

Throughout October

Cider and Ale Festival at The Morton Arboretum
Cider and Ale Festival (Photo courtesy of The Morton Arboretum.)

Visit The Morton Arboretum throughout the month for a Scarecrow Trail, Fall Color 5K Run & Walk, Walking Plays, a Glass Pumpkin Patch, Cider and Ale Festival, and more! 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle

The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival

Oct. 11-13

You’ll be surrounded by pumpkins at this favorite local fest. Go trick-or-treating, rock out to live music, cheer on your furry friend during the pet costume contest, and more, all while supporting Make-A-Wish Illinois. Downtown Highwood

Spooky Pooch Parade

Oct. 13

It doesn’t get much cuter than this! Start planning your pup’s costume now because he or she can win Best Costume Overall, Best Dog/Owner Costume, Best Horticultural Interpretation, and other categories. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe

Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns

Oct. 16-20, 23-27

Chicago Botanic Garden: Night of 1,000 Jack-o'-Lanterns
Photo courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden.

Walk amongst more than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins (some up to 150 pounds!) and enjoy other Halloween activities and treats. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe


This article was originally published Sept. 1, 2014.