Is there anything more perfect than spending a beautiful Fall weekend apple or pumpkin picking? The crisp apples, pumpkin lattes and our favorite, the fresh apple cider donuts, just capture the season so perfectly.
If you are looking to head out, here is a list of orchards and pumpkin patches around Chicago to help you make your plans. Many are requiring advance reservations, so don’t forget to check the hours and safety procedures first.
This orchard offers two maze options: a short path for kiddos and a longer path for the experts. 14510 Route 176, Woodstock
Didier’s Pumpkinfest runs from the end of September through October. 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
Admission at Goebbert’s includes multiple attractions, including a haunted house, pumpkin cannon, and pumpkin eating dinosaur. 42W813 Reinking Road, Hampshire
Visit this orchard for “pure apple picking fun.” 1050 Crest Road, Green Oaks
Experience farm life! Take a trip through the corn maze, tour the farm or visit the petting zoo and pumpkin farm. Open daily through Nov. 3. 13236 W. Townline Road, Waukegan
Once you make your way through the haunted forest, enjoy a woodland walk, bale maze, and more fall activities. 1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park
Odyssey offers a corn maze, cow train, corn cannon, zip lines, and more. 19111 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park
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 29 varieties of apples, grown from more than 15,000 apple trees! They’ve also got summer and fall raspberries, pumpkins, giant pumpkins, gourds and squash. Open Monday-Saturday through Nov. 17. 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. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. 17250 S. Weber Road, Crest Hill
Attractions include a petting zoo, corn stalk maze, giant jumping pillow and mini golf. 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.