Ultimate Guide to Fall & Halloween in Chicago


Fall is such a beautiful time in Illinois! There are SO many fun festivals, pumpkin patches, orchards, haunted houses and other fall events, we are bringing you the Ultimate Guide to Fall & Halloween. Everything is organized here in one spot for you to save / bookmark and return to again and again throughout the month. As you read through, make sure to note your favorites in case they require advance registration so that you can snag a spot before they are all filled.


Halloween & Fall Fun in Chicagoland


 

There is still plenty of time to explore the nearby apple orchards and pumpkin patches. Those are usually the first two categories we think of when we talk about the onset of fall in the midwest. And of course, Halloween!

 

 

But, here are some other ideas, to explore this October!

 

No need to drive up the East Coast, enjoy the changing of the leaves in your own state by biking, walking, or driving through the below locations!

 

 

Pumpkin Spice Lattes may be all the rage, but a trip to the city for a fall dessert at one of these amazing bakeries is more my speed!

 

  • Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits
    • WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAYS (9AM-6PM) TAKEOUT/PATIO DINING
    • SATURDAYS (9AM-2PM) TAKEOUT/PATIO DINING
    • I’ve been eyeing the Apple Cider and Apple Raspberry!
  • Firecakes Donuts
    • Seasonal donuts include: Apple Cider & Pumpkin Crème Brûlée
    • No one will judge you if you make it a Donut Ice Cream Sandwich either. Consider it a prescription for 2021
  • First Slice Pie Cafe
    • Did you know that Food & Wine voted First Slice as one of America’s BEST apple pies?!
    • In addition, First Slice served more than 37,000 meals in 2007, and currently serves close to 4,000 meals each month to Chicago’s hungry, every month.
  • Floriole
    • Open Fri – Sun from 9-1
    • The Salted Honey Baby cake is to DIE for! You’ll thank me later.
  • Beatrix 
    • The Oh My! Caramel Pie will have your mouth watering and you ordering seconds.
  • Blue Sky Bakery & Cafe
    • “Blue Sky does more than create sweet and savory pastries made with the freshest, highest quality ingredients. As a nonprofit organization, we also raise the edible consciousness of our community by providing transitional employment to homeless and at-risk youth.”
    • Pumpkin pecan scone with a side of social justice please!
  • Do-Rite Donuts
    • I’ll take my pumpkin spice in donut form thank you very much. With a Michigan apple fritter on the side. :p
  • DMK Burger Bar
    • Skip the campfire and head straight to DMK for a toasted marshmallow shake. Hard day with the kids? Make it a boozy shake! 😉
  • Eli’s Ark
    • These adorable ice cream, creature creations will have you going “batty!”
    • Check out their halloween and thanksgiving themed characters!
  • Goddess And The Baker
    • Trick or Treat yourself to a Pumpkin Apple Butter Latte before exploring the rest of their delicious menu!
  • Hoosier Mama Pie Company
    • Try the Sour Cream Dutch Apple Pumpkin (does it get more fall than that?)
    • Make sure to order online for your Thanksgiving pie pick up orders!
  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
    • Known for the unique ice cream flavors you can be guaranteed for some fall-tastic picks here!
    • Be the most popular guest at your Friendsgiving by bringing a quart of the pumpkin cake roll & banana cream pudding.
  • Jo-Jo’s Shake Bar
    • “JoJo’s Shake Bar, Chicago’s Go-To Spot for All Things Savory and Sweet, Welcomes Fall with the Most Elaborate Pumpkin Patch to hit Downtown Chicago! Taking place on their 5,000 sq ft patio, JoJo’s has filled the space with over 600 pumpkins, a 1954 Red Ford Truck, Hay Bales, and a bathtub filled with corn to satisfy your perfect fall photo needs! Pumpkin Patch Specials include gourmet caramel apples, pumpkin & apple pies, spiked ciders and biggie hot chocolates & of course, our famous Pumpkin Patch Shake, topped with Pumpkin Pie Slice, Taffy Apple, Roasted Marshmallow, and Toffee Pretzel.”
    • Don’t leave without the Pumpkin Patch Shake! Topped with a slice of pumpkin pie, taffy apple, roasted marshmallow, and reese’s pretzel.
    • Their pumpkin shaped domes are are available on a first come, first serve basis!
  • Katherine Anne Confections
    • Upgrade from your regular old chocolate with a creamy cup of Katherine Anne’s drinking chocolate!
    • The salted caramel will definitely be the right flavor for the season
  • Kilwins
    • There are multiple locations around Chicagoland but the Hyde Park location is African American owned and operated, so we like to support them whenever we can!
    • You will find yourself drooling over the caramel apples and chocolate confections but my absolute favorite flavor of ice cream from Kilwins is their Perfect Apple Pie flavor. I look forward to this returning to their menu every single fall!
  • Mindy’s Bakery
    • The famous Mindy Segal will be selling to go hot chocolate on the weekends!
    • Forget fall, I would drink this delectable cocoa in the heat of the summer if I could!
    • Sat & Sun Walk – Up and Preorder. 8 AM till its gone
  • Pie, Pie My Darling
    • 100% Vegan sweets baked from scratch!
    • You can find their cakes by the slice (while supplies last) for delivery and pickup at Uptons Breakroom in West Town & The Handlebar in Wicker Park. The flavor changes every other week, so check their menus/ instagram for this week’s flavor.
    • E-mail to inquire about ordering a whole cake!
  • Pretty Cool Ice Cream
    • “Available a la carte, or as a boxed set, our Fall Harvest flavors are perfect for these blustery days. Whether this season brings out the pumpkin spice cravings, or finds you popping fistfuls of kettle corn we have a pop for you! Apple makes two appearances- spiced cider frozen into an ice pop is refreshing and comforting. But the star of the show is the Apple Cider Donut pop- made by blending real donuts into our ice cream before it gets a cinnamon sugar coating just like the pumpkin patch favorite!”
  • Sweet Mandy B’s
    • Hopefully their Pumpkin Whoopie Pies make a comeback soon but in the meantime, the perfectly spiced pumpkin cupcake will do!
  • Xurro
    • The yummiest Churros with a creative spin!
    • I’ll take one S’more milkshake please! But just to hold me over until the Peppermint Christmas milkshake returns! 🙂
  • West Town Bakery & Diner
    • Chicago
    • Halloween themed chocolate covered oreos
    • Pumpkin spice lattes
  • Sugargoat by Stephanie Izard
    • Chicago (shipping available through Goldbelly)
    • 4 yummy fall drinks: Cinnamon roll latte, Chilly dark chocolate mocha, maple caramel corn latte
    • Pumpkin spice latte cupcakes
  • Bombobar
    • Seasonal items are back!
    • Pumpkin spice, Tiramisu, and Cannoli Bombolinis
    • Butterscotch & Cinnamon Toast Crunch brownie gelato
    • Chocolate Caramel Cookie Crumble, S’mores, and Classic Hotter Chocolates
  • XO Marshmallow
    • Boo Thang Marshmallow Ghosts
    • S’mores Dream Bars
    • Black Forest OMG & Fluffy the Marshmallow Slayer
    • October’s Mallow of the Month is Red Hawts!
    • Don’t miss the Snickerdoodle s’more
  • Coffee, Hip Hop, and Mental Health
    • Temporarily located at Lululemon Lincoln Park (944 West North Ave)
    • Purchase a Normalize Therapy Pumpkin Spice Latte and by doing so help raise funds to provide partial therapy scholarships to those who seek support.
  • Molly’s Cupcakes Rivereast
    • Snag the Halloween Box! An assortment of our Classic flavors – vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, and carrot, decorated with halloween sprinkles and spooky toppers!
    • Seasonal cupcakes:
      • Apple crisp, Pumpkin spice, Butterscotch caramel, Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel, and Tiramisu
  • Brown Sugar Bakery
    • Snag a dozen of caramel cupcakes!
    • Start thinking ahead for Thanksgiving and enjoy the sweet potato pie from this Chicago icon.
  • Vanille Patisserie
    • The Halloween cakes are absolutely gorgeous!
    • Pumpkin, Apple Pie, and Maple flavored macarons!
    • Pumpkin iced cinnamon rolls
    • Spice cake cupcake with apple cream cheese filling, apple pie macaron,
  • Kimmers Ice Cream
    • St. Charles, Wheaton, Elmhurst
    • Monster Mash: Orange dreamsicle ice cream with crushed oreos
    • Seasonal cranberry raspberry
    • Halloween sparkle cones
    • Apple Pie & Pumpkin ice cream
  • Eiffel Waffle
    • Downers Grove
    • Hot Chocolate topped with a fun sized bubble waffle
    • Pumpkin Dream, Sugar & Spice, Pumpkin Spice Milkshake, Frosted Cinnaminis
  • Graham’s 318 Coffee House
    • Geneva
    • Plenty of fall and Halloween themed donuts of the week! Their donuts are made from scratch every morning so check their social media for the current lineup!
  • Dip and Sip Donuts
    • Chicago
    • Decorated Halloween 6 pk presale for pickup October 30th & 31st only! Preorders open October 17th!
    • Halloween DIY kit available October 3rd – 31st. Bare vanilla or pumpkin donuts ready for decorating with the included frosting and toppings!

Are all the registration required Halloween events filled? Don’t fret! Check out these other Halloween ideas!

 

  • Cantigny Fall Festival
    • Saturday, October 9th from 10 – 4 PM
    • Festival admission and entertainment are free with paid parking ($5 per car). Some activities require a small fee, such as pumpkin decorating, hayrides, and the petting zoo (CASH ONLY, PLEASE.)
  • Fall at Lincoln Park Zoo
    • “Dive into the wonderful world of autumn, from picking the perfect pumpkin to sipping festive drinks, with Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual Fall Fest. This free, family-friendly celebration is full of harvest days fun this October. Fest guests can enjoy a pumpkin walk, live pumpkin carvers, a festive pop-up bar, animal chats, musical entertainment and more!”
    • Fridays – Sundays October 8th – 31st. Monday, October 11th: 10 – 5
  • Fright Fest
    • “Thrills by day, frights by night!”
    • September 18th – October 31st
    • Check the website for exact hours
    • Guests can also purchase haunted house wristbands. A haunted house wristband grants entry to all six haunted houses, including the all-new Condemned and Bloodshed. Wristbands can be purchased online or at various retail locations throughout the park.
    • NOTE Masks are required in indoor locations including haunted houses.
  • Jack O’Lantern World
    • Lake Zurich
    • “This October gather your friends and family and take a journey through the “Jack O’ Lantern World” experience. Walk a 3/4 mile long trail through 1000’s of Jack O’Lanterns hand carved by local artisans. Experience our one of a kind whimsical celebration of art, nature & fall.”
      • Select Dates, October 1st – 31st, 2021: Paulus Park, Lake Zurich
  • Cottages in the Woods
    • 528 East Side Dr, Geneva
    • Sat & Sun, October 16th & 17th from 10 – 4
    • “Cottages in the Woods is a unique fall event held in the historic Good Templar Park of Geneva, IL. Our Swedish stugas (cottages) will be open for visitors to see, each offering a variety of delightful wares from talented artists and craftspeople. Three food trucks, musicians, and wandering fairies will be under the canopies of our great oak trees. Enjoy autumns splendor while nibbling on a treat from our bakery. This family friendly occasion is a charming event for all ages.”
  • Family Fall Fest
    • Elmhurst
    • Saturday, October 16th, 9AM – 12 PM
    • “Get your costumes ready and bring the family to The Depot at Wild Meadows Trace from 9 a.m.-Noon for Safety Town trick-or-treating plus fall festivities!
      Fun will include an inflatable corn maze, carnival games, inflatable ogre maze, balloon twisters, air brush artist and food trucks.
      Food trucks include Chesa’s Gluten Free, Windy City Ice Cream, Mario’s Cart, Sugar Mama’s Mini Donuts and Da Pizza Dude.”
  • Haunted Forest Westmont
    • October 16th
    • “Sandra Smith Woods will come alive for one very magical, mystical night! Participants will hop on a wagon ride that takes them from Diane Main Park through the terrifying woods path scenes. After that, participants will get off the wagons and walk through the wicked woods where all kind of scares await them. Don’t turn your back, as characters, ghouls and creatures will come alive before your very eyes!
      For our younger viewers it is recommended you attend our “Merry Monster Showing” from 5:00-6:30pm.”
  • A Nightmare at West Main
    • Batavia
    • Friday, October 15, and Friday, October 22; 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm both days, West Main Community Park
    • “The ghosts are coming out to play in the forest at West Main Community Park. Join us for a haunted hike through our spooky trails. Evil lurks in the forest, so enter if you dare! This event is not suitable for kids younger than 10 years old. Advance tickets can be purchased through October 14 for $8 per ticket. Admission is $10 day-of.”
  • Mr. Dave Music Halloween Shows
    • Fitzgerald’s: October 16th at 11 AM
    • Boopalooza: October 23rd at 10 AM
    • Bar Siena: October 26th at 10:30 AM
  • Bubbles Academy
    • Friday, October 22nd
      • Halloween Snapshots with TK Photography
    • Bubbleween
      • Sunday, October 31st at 11 AM – 12 PM, OR, 12 PM – 1 PM
      • “Each time slot will feature live music, trick-or-treat bag decorating, open play and family snapshots by TK Photography! After you have some Halloween fun with us, stop by other participating retailers at 900 N. Michigan for trick-or-treating! Advance registration required. Up to 2 adults may accompany each registered child. Masks required for ages 2+ regardless of vaccination status. Parking is validated with a $10 retail purchase at Bubbles Academy, Aster Hall, or any other retailer at 900 N. Michigan.”
  • Ghost Stories at Smith Woods
    • October 22nd at 5:45 PM
    • “Legend has it that on certain nights in Smith Woods you can see the ghosts of years past wondering through the trees looking for their final resting places. For those who like a good scare and think they are brave enough, we are going to have a fire pit, tell scary ghost stories, and enjoy some snacks.”
  • Fall Festival at the Promenade (Bolingbrook)
    • October 22nd – 24th
    • Artisans, crafts, fall food, live music, and appearances by Jack & Sally Skellington!
    • Vendor trick or treating on the 24th only from 2 – 4 PM
  • Caravan to Candyland
    • St. Charles
    • Wednesday, October 27th 5 – 7:30 PM
    • Advance registration required
    • “Enter James O. Breen Community Park at the Campton Hills Road entrance and follow the Halloween-themed path for a unique trick-or-treating experience! Along the way, from the safety of your own vehicle, stop at candy/prize stations during this spirited and lively event. All items will be individually wrapped for safety. Characters will use latex gloves for distribution. Candy may be made on equipment that also processes peanuts, nuts and wheat. If a child needs a non-peanut candy option, please tell a staff member wearing an orange vest at the entrance.”
  • Little Goat Diner
    • Little Goat is my favorite restaurant and they have a ton of Halloween fun planned!
      • Thursday, October 21st at 5 PM: Spooky Cookie & Cupcake Decorating Class
      • Tuesday, October 26th at 5 PM: Pumpkin Carving at Little Goat
      • Friday, October 29th at 5 PM: Kids Halloween Costume Party
  • Night at the Museum: Halloween Party
    • Dupage County Historical Museum
    • October 22nd at 6 PM
    • “Come dressed in your Halloween costume and enjoy a three-floor flashlight scavenger hunt, the movie “Halloweentown” and crafts. $10 per person.”
  • Roselle Fall Fun Fest
    • Saturday, October 23rd
    • Clauss Maintenance Barn
    • With the crisp autumn air and colorful leaves upon us let’s celebrate the wonderful season of fall! Join us for the Roselle Park District’s very own Fall Fun Fest! Bring the whole family for music, food, hayrides, inflatable corn maze, pumpkin decorating and much more!
  • Roselle Halloween Spooktacular
    • Friday October 29th at 6 PM
    • Ages 2-6
    • Join the Roselle Park District for a night of spooky Halloween fun! Children are encouraged to arrive in costume and will participate in crafts, pumpkin decorating, games and more!
    • Registration Deadline: October 25, 2021
  • Campfire Horrors at Northerly Island Park (& other parks)
    • October 15th: Scream
    • October 16th: Nightmare Before Christmas (North Park Village Nature Center)
    • October 22nd: Little Shop of Horrors
    • October 23rd: Scoob! (Sherman Park)
    • October 29th: Beetlejuice
  • Chitown Movies Halloween Drive In
    • Check out the calendar for some awesome Halloween options throughout the month!
  • Highway of Horror
    • Downtown Chicago
    • “Our haunt is set in a derelict lot in the shadows of the skyscrapers of Chicago’s iconic Loop and nestled against highway 90/94 where many a horrible incident occurred not long ago. You’ll first settle in with a drive in movie experience that sets the narrative. Dozens of the undead, demons, zombies and more jump out at and rock your car accompanied by sound effects and sprays of blood. At our drive-in haunted house, you are confined to your car for 90 minutes, so you can’t escape the horror until the end. Can you beat the fear coming at you from all directions?”
    • Open 6pm til 10pm, Thursday – Sunday, October 14th – November 1st.
  • Galewood’s Not So Spooky Halloween Parade
    • October 23rd beginning at 2 PM
    • Calling all ghouls, ghosts and goblins! Galewood Neighbors is partnering with Happy Kids Chicago and Trinity Galewood Church to bring all the tricks and treats you can eat!
      Join Minnie, Mickey and others on Saturday, October 23rd at 2:00pm along the parade route starting at Sayre Language Academy. We will end at Trinity Galewood Church with an outdoor Fall Fest from 3:00-4:00pm sure to please all ages young and old.”
  • Halloween Book Club with Connections Academics
    • October 30th at 11 AM
    • Time Out Market Chicago
    • “Join us for a Halloween Book Club & Storytime with Connections Academics. Stories will be read by Anna Tewell who is a former teacher and the current Director of Connections Chicago. This Halloween Book Club will be filled with fun and engaging stories about the best parts of spooky season. Kids are encouraged to celebrate the holiday by wearing their costumes!”
  • Storozhuk Family Light Show
    • 860 Woodhollow Lane
    • October 16th – October 31st
    • More details to come soon!
  • St. Charles Gallery of Ghoulish Homes
    • Best viewed at dusk October 15th – 31st
    • Drive or walk by some of the spookiest houses in St. Charles!
  • Mack Manor Drive Through Display
    • 1066 Algonquin Road, Fox River Grove
    • Opening day, October 9th 6 – 9:30
    • WE PLAN ON BEING OPEN DAILY through October 30, weather permitting (This includes closing due to rain/wind). ****Closed Halloween*****
    • PLANNED HOURS: SUBJECT TO CHANGE – Daily hours posted every MORNING!
      • Monday – Thursday 6-9pm,
      • Friday & Saturday, 6-10pm,
      • Sunday 5-8:30pm.
    • Keep windows rolled up and no one hanging out of sunroofs
    • Radio station 106.9 FM
    • No charge but accepting donations
  • The Cote’s Haunted Yard
    • 6907 Townsend Blvd, Plainfield, IL
    • Here are the dates and times we are trying to be open. Weather permitting of course. Our hours are 6:30-9:30pm.
      October 8 and 9th, 15th and 16th, 22nd, 29th and 30th. We are closed on October 23rd for private event. And we will be closed on Halloween
  • Midnight on Morton
    • Batavia
    • “Come to our spooky Halloween display! We have skeletons and ghosts animatronics. Kid friendly with some adult humor! Most of my items are made from 75% recycled materials.”
    • Hours typically from 7 – 9. Check their FB page for updates and weather cancellations
  • Achter Acres
    • Yard Haunt. 5901 Liberty Sq, Oak Forest, IL
    • Halloween 9/1 to 10/31
    • Hours: Sun-Thur Dusk till 9:00 (No actor’s/fog)
    • Fri-Sat Dusk till 10:30 (Actors, fog and flaming pumpkins likely!)
  • Death on Dobson
    • Geneva
    • An entire corner lot + of Halloween scenes perfect for all ages. Pirates, mermaids, spiders, sabertooth, devil’s, clowns, and more. Halloween night some characters come alive and you can walk through!”
  • Oak Forest’s Haunted Garage
    • 5936 Condado Drive, Oak Forest
    • October 23rd & 30th; 7 – 10 PM
    • “Walk through the chilling Haunted Garage where live actors will frighten you the whole way! Free to enter. Donations are appreciated. Ran by local teens doing great things in our community! Come out and support while getting into the Halloween spirit!”
  • Museum of Science and Industry Boo Fest
    • “Two weeks of family-friendly science experiences will let you get into the Halloween spirit. Explore specially decorated exhibits, examine the science of Halloween with pumpkin drops and slime, try your hand at eyeball dissection and more. You can even go trick-or-treating on Halloween weekend!”
  • Terror In The Timbers
    • Camp Big Timber Elgin
    • “Think you’re safe behind a piece of glass and some metal? Think again. The dead have taken over the once innocent Camp Big Timber and are coming for the living…one car at a time. This one-of-a kind drive-thru scenic Halloween experience allows you to simply put your car in park, sit back and let the Terror begin.”
      • “And new this year with an ‘add-on’ ticket, you can park your car, take a break in our new Midway area before continuing your screams on our ALL NEW Trail of Terror Haunted Hike!”
    • Family-Friendly Haunted Trail
      • All New Family-Friendly version of our Trail of Terror in a one-day event scheduled for Sunday, October 10th! Take the kids out to see our Trail of Terror tamed down for the daytime. Open noon-5pm, tickets include special performances by:
        • Sycamore Performing Arts Academy
        • Silk Aerial Show
        • School of Rock
  • La Grange Skeletober
    • “Beginning on Saturday, October 10 through October 31. Visitors can team up with family and friends for a scavenger hunt throughout downtown La Grange and the West End. Follow all the clues to 10 locations to be entered in a random prize drawing.”
    • The famous Thriller Dance, popularized by Michael Jackson’s music video, will be performed by costumed dancers from the Dance Center of La Grange on Saturday, October 16 from 1pm – 1:30pm near La Grange Village Hall.
  • Glen Ellyn Scarecrow Row
    • Oct 16th – 31st
    • “Follow the Rows and Rows of 100+ Scarecrows lined up in Downtown Glen Ellyn at this FREE Family-Friendly and Socially Distant Outside Event!  Join the fun and see the handmade Scarecrows created by scout troops, community members, local businesses, & non-profits. Explore unique one-of-a-kind storefronts with their decorated windows and dine the fall menu at one of our many restaurants.”
  • Morton Arboretum Scarecrow Trail
    • Oct 1st – Nov 1st
    • Morton Arboretum requires timed entry ticket reservations in advance online
    • “Take a stroll around Meadow Lake to view scarecrows created by local scout troops and school groups. After your walk, vote for your favorite scarecrow.”
  • Aurora Sugar Skull City
    • “Welcome to Sugar Skull City! Aurora Downtown is honoring Day of the Dead, the beloved Mexican cultural tradition, from October 15 to November 7, 2021. Join us in celebrating Dia de los Muertos with art, activities, specials, videos, shopping, and much more.”
  • Homer Glen Heritage Park Scarecrow Display
    • October 2nd-29th: Walk along Heritage Circle and View the creative scarecrow displays. Vote for your favorite! Three winners will be chosen.
    • Spooky Park: October 2nd – 31st. Come out to Heritage Park (day or night) for bats, spiders, ghosts, and lights! The park will be decorated with all things spooky the month of October.
  • Fall at Brookfield Zoo
    • “Gather your ghoulfriends, little ghosts, and goblins for this fun-filled family event. Check out the creatures, creepy crawlers, and more in your costumes at the Halloween-themed event that’s perfect for family photo ops. All ages are in for a fang-tastic time, and the kids will leave with a sweet treat. Boo! at the Zoo is spooky, safe, and socially distant!”
    • Head to the website for the list of activities!
  • Naperville Halloween Lights Map
    • Utilize this map to go on a driving tour of festive Halloween houses in Naperville!
  • Haunted Halloween Hangar
    • Illinois Aviation Museum
    • “Join us for a scary good time at our 2nd annual Spooktacular Haunted Halloween Hangar! Put your costume on and bring your trick or treat bag to collect treats as you make your way through some ghostly hangars. Pre-registration is required, no walk-ins will be accepted.”

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2021 Chicagoland Pumpkin Patches


Fall is definitely NOT cancelled this year folks!

Between the apple orchards and these pumpkin patches,

there is fall fun to be had every weekend until November!

 

As I have stated before, when it comes to farms,

it is always a good idea to verify on their website and Facebook page

to confirm they are open for the day.

You are also going to want to confirm the forms of payments they take,

what COVID policies they have in place,

and whether advance registration is required or not.

 

 

 

Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm

  • Homer Glen, IL
  • “Have you ever wondered where America’s #1 Pumpkin Farm is located? Visit and experience Bengtson Pumpkin Farm to see why so many families include this farm in their annual Fall traditions. Opening Sept. 17th everyday thru November 1, 2021. Fun for the whole family, over 50+ attractions, activities, and food. Unlimited Kiddie Rides included every day with admission.”

 

Bronkberry Farms

  • Plainfield
  • Annual fall fest is October 9th & 10th
  • Hayrack rides every hour on the hour for $3pp
  • Open Tues – Sunday

 

Cody’s Farm

  • Marengo
  • Weekends in October enjoy free admission and parking, free hayrides to pick your own pumpkin, free kids play area, 5 acre corn maze, and more!
  • Wristband required for additional activities.

 

Cosley Zoo Pumpkin Fest

  • October 1st – 31st
  • Wheaton, IL
  • Come out to Cosley Zoo this fall and enjoy the colors of the season, see the animals, and pick out your pumpkins! Pumpkins, gourds, apples, cider, corn stalks, and straw bales are all available for purchase.
  • Carnival Ride tickets will be available for purchase in the zoo admission booth and gift shop.
  • Admission to Pumpkin Fest is included with your general admission entry ticket.

Dave’s Pumpkins

  • Huntley
  • All pumpkins $8 any size
  • Free parking and no admission fees
  • Fresh pumpkins and the best cider donuts in the county. Lot’s of family activities: pumpkin bowling, mini- broom corn maze and pedal tractors. Cider donuts and spooky hay rides ($5) on weekends in the fall.
  • “Join us for Dave’s Amazing Halloween Hay Ride! It’s better than ever this year with a ride through acres of terrific trails, wild woods and a mysterious marsh. You might spot a great blue heron, a snowy egret or even a bald eagle! See a rainbow of fall colors as you travel through the tunnel of trees. According to legend, long ago the ghosts of Caribbean pirates navigated from the Gulf of Mexico up through Illinois to hide away in these marshes. If you look closely you will see these spooky pirates too! They might be fishing, shooting a cannon or just sitting around a campfire. The spooky sights are fun for all ages and not too scary for the little ones.
    Rides are about 15 minutes long. $5 per person, 2 and under are free. Open Thu-Fri 3 PM to 8 PM, Sat – Sun 10 AM – 8 PM.”

 

Didier Farm

  • Lincolnshire
  • September 18th – October 31st, 7 days a week, 9 AM – 6 PM
  • Come see the Animal Land Zoo or Play in the Pumpkin Playland!
  • “We are well know for growing some of the most amazing pumpkins anywhere.  We have a huge selection of unusual pumpkins and gourds in an array of sizes and colors.  White, green, speckles and orange are all waiting to be made into your favorite Jack-O-Lanterns!”

 

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch

  • South Barrington & Pingree Grove, Hampshire
  • “Goebbert’s Fall Festival runs through Halloween. We are a great place for families to come and have a great fall day. Come enjoy the animals, watch a pig race, see our famous Pumpkin Eating Dinosaur, have some lunch and pick out a pumpkin. We have plenty of fun attractions for the whole family! Also make sure to stop by the Red Barn Cafe & Bakery for some tasty treats, including our famous Apple Cider Donuts and Pumpkin cookies. Masks are required to enter the farm and for all indoor buildings, attractions and specified areas (market, cafe, haunted house, pony ride, camel ride, wagon ride, jumping pillow, animal tents, giraffe stand, shadehouse and when maintaining social distance is not possible). Don’t delay; our festival is only 6 weeks long! Our farm is open daily until 6pm, but the last entry for the day is 5pm.”
  • ONLINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

 

Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm

  • Minooka
  • Open through October 31st, 7 days a week 10 – 6:30
  • Hay rides and food on weekends and Columbus Day only
  • “Catch a hayride out to our 25-acre pumpkin patch full of 90 different varieties of pumpkins, gourds, and squash! Pick from traditional jack o’ lanterns, to white pumpkins of all sizes, bumpy pumpkins, green, red and multi-colored pumpkins, to name a few. Also, notice the “giant” in our name “Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm”? That’s right, we also specialize in GIANT pumpkins! Our largest pumpkin was grown in 2013, weighing in at 731.5 lbs!”
  • Kids will enjoy the corn maze, soybean maze, milo’s castle playground, straw barn, and more!
  • For Halloween fun enjoy the flashlight maze, moonlight hayride, and haunted corn maze!

 

Jack’s Pumpkin Pop Up

  • 1467 N. Elston Ave., Chicago (Goose Island)
  • September 23rd – October 31st
  • “Join us for the newest interactive Pop-Up Experience to hit Chicago, Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up is located on over 2 acres in Goose Island. For one month only experience a larger than life, outdoor, multi-sensory adventure in the heart of Chicago. Spend an autumn night outside making memories without having to travel to the Suburbs while you get lost in Chicago’s largest corn maze! Whether you’re seeking a striking nighttime lights display, an outdoor pumpkin-themed party with dozens of fall themed instagramable memories or a one of a kind corn maze, there’s an experience here for everyone! We are open nightly rain or Shine!”
  • ALL AGES WELCOME | 2 ACRES OF OUTDOOR FUN, FULL BAR, CORN MAZE, AXE THROWING, CARNIVAL GAMES + MORE.

 

Konows Corn Maze

  • Homer Glen
  • “Konow’s Corn Maze in Homer Glen is open Saturday September 18th – October 30th! Rides, Games, Food, Fun, and our world-famous Corn Maze! 
  • “Come out and enjoy games, rides, animal barn, food, live music, our world famous corn maze and more! Every day is FREE RIDE DAY!”
  • CLOSED ON TUESDAYS

 

Kuiper’s Family Farm

  • Maple Park
  • “Fun is grown by the bushel at the Kuipers Family Farm. Create memories for your family to last a lifetime when you spend the day on our beautiful sprawling Midwest farm. Enjoy all of the fun, interesting, and educational feature, attractions, and rides. And of course, take your time scoping out the best spots for the biggest and best pumpkin picking in our expansive pumpkin patch.”
  • Also enjoy the apple orchard, corn maze, hay wagon rides, jumping pillow, petting zoo, tractor train, woodland walk, and more!

 

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm

  • Lockport, IL
  • Opens September 25th. Some attractions are only open Sat, Sun, & Columbus Day from 10 – 6.
  • The 2021 cornfield maze theme is Super Marios Bros!
  • “You can find your way through the maze (or part of it), feed the goats and sheep,  see the farm animals , take a wagon ride to the UPick pumpkin field , find the queen bee in our observation hive, play in one of our 5 play areas, take a train ride, slide down the tallest slide in the Midwest, and much more!”

Sonny Acres Farm

  • West Chicago
  • Closed Mondays except for Columbus Day
  • Come pick your pumpkin grown right on their farm, enjoy the outdoor grill, petting / feeding zoo, and more!
  • The kids will have a blast in the kiddie koral complete with jumping pillow, bounce houses, pony rides, sonny express train, and rides!
  • For spooky fun enjoy the Haunted Barn and Haunted Trail

 

Stade’s Farm and Market

  • McHenry
  • “Our hayrides to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkins will begin at 9 am. They will continue to run until 5:30 pm. Any size pumpkin in the field is just $8. We offer hayrides on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as Fridays in October and Columbus Day.”
  • Shades of Autumn, Fall Family Festival open through November 1st
    • Pumpkin picking, apple picking, food, and fun!

 

Tom & Zach’s Pumpkin Patch

  • Lockport
  • “We are a small family farm with about 1 and 1/2 acres of pumpkins. There is no admission fee , you can walk through the field with your kids to find the perfect pumpkin.  We have wagons and cutters to cut the pumpkins off the stem.”
  • Pumpkins range in price from $1 to $7. We have white pumpkins. Small straw bales $5, large $8, Corn stalks $4.
  • Cash only
  • “We are open 7 days a week from 8 am till dusk from now until Halloween. We have set up props so you can take pictures with  your kids.”

 

Windy Acres Farm

  • Geneva, IL
  • Apple and Pumpkin Festival September 18th – October 31st
  • Jumping pillow, train, pony rides, corn maze, petting zoo, wagon rides, corn box, tangled web, zip line, educational barn, and more!
  • Gates Open 9am-6pm. Attractions Open 10am-6pm.
    • $15 per person ages 2 and older to enter attractions area on weekdays, not including Columbus Day.
    • $17 per person ages 2 and older to enter attractions area on weekends and Columbus Day.

 

Don’t forget about Apple Orchards! (Many of them have pumpkin patches as well!) Check out our guide below!

 


2021 Chicagoland Apple Orchards


The season is upon us! Apple picking, pumpkin picking, sweater weather, cider, donuts…

This is my absolute FAVORITE season of the year! And in the midst of a global pandemic, we need to enjoy

all of the outdoor, social distancing friendly activities we can get!

 

As with everything, please make sure to check the farms Facebook pages, the weather, mask rules, and acceptable forms of payment before heading out.

 

 

 

All Seasons Orchard

  • Woodstock, IL
  • Apple orchard, pumpkin patch, and corn maze
  •  The Barnyard activity area includes the corn maze, magic shows, pig races, pedal karts, petting zoo, etc. Last entry into corn maze is 45 min prior to closing.
  • Open weekdays 10 AM – 5 PM. Close at 6 PM weekends and holidays

 

Apple Barn Orchard and Winery

  • Elkhorn, WI
  • “We have a patch full of pumpkins ready to be carved and offer pick-your-own apples on a “pay per bag” basis. That means there’s no parking fee, no admission fee, and no per-person fee. You only pay for what you’re going to pick. This year, pick-your-own (PYO) will be offered on Saturday & Sunday only. There is no entrance to the orchard or pumpkin patch on weekdays.”

 

Apple Holler

  • Sturtevant, WI
  • 78 acre orchard and hardwood forest
  • Monday-Friday: 9AM until 5PM; the last picking bags are sold at 4PM
  • Farm Park Fun is open every day! Enjoy activities such as our Corn Maze, Little Red Haybarn, Giant Slide, Corn Palace Corn Box, Straw Mountain, and visit the Goats at the Golden Goat Bridge, PLUS Pony Rides for kids and Peddle Cart Rides on the weekends!
  • Pick your own apples, peaches, and pumpkins!

 

 

Cody’s Farm & Orchard

  • Marengo, IL
  • Limited variety this season, follow their Facebook page for weekend updates on what is available.
  • Apple picking on weekends only
  • Pumpkin season begins September 18th!
    • Free hayrides to pick your pumpkin
    • Corn maze
    • Kids play area
    • Fall decorations
    • Delicious food & desserts

 

County Line Orchard

  • Hobart, IN
  • U-Pick apples, pumpkins, and sunflowers.
  • Tractor rides, corn maze, animal barnyard and more!

 

Curran’s Orchard

  • Rockford, IL
  • Wagon rides, play area, animals, and more
  • Grab ‘n’ Go donuts and apple cider slushies
  • Daily hours, 9 AM – 6 PM
  • “Curran’s Orchard grows luscious fruit sprayed with 1/3 of the typical amount of chemicals.”

 

 

 

 

Edwards Apple Orchard

  • Poplar Grove, IL
  • A family-owned apple orchard in Poplar Grove, Illinois where guests can enjoy crisp apples, apple cider donuts, and freshly-pressed apple cider.
  • Weekday picking guests drive their own vehicles to the orchard and park near trees. On weekends guests ride tractor drawn wagons.
  • Pumpkin picking as well!
  • “The Apple Barn, restaurants and playground will be open this year, as well as pick-your-own. We hope that the return of your fall favorites will help you continue your family traditions. Please join us for warm cider donuts, a fresh cup of cider, and the time together that we’ve all been craving.”

 

Garwood Orchards

  • LaPorte, IN
  • No Entry Fee, $20 Minimum Purchase for UPick Entry (Families up to 6)
  • Horses & Pony Rides

 

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard

  • Pingree Grove, IL
  • Fall Festival Open Daily from August 27, 2021 through Halloween Day. Hours are 9-6 every day, including Columbus Day and Labor Day
  • General Admission includes: Entrance to Animal Land, Pedal Karts, Tire Mountain, Corn Stalk Maze, Wagon Ride to the Field /Orchard, Haunted House, Munchkin Maze, Straw Bale Maze, Western Town, Pumpkin Eating Dinosaur, Goebbert’s Pumpkin Express Train Ride, Pumpkin Slide, Jumping Pillow, Chicken Show, Pig Races, and Corn Box (Pony and Camel rides are available for an additional cost of $6 each, and our Pop-A-Shot Attraction for big kids is an additional $3).
  • “We have an apple orchard at our Farm and apple picking is one of our Fall Festival Attractions. We do not offer apple picking as its own activity, but guests can choose to pay for apple bags and pick apples in addition to their Fall Festival admission.”
  • Purchase admission tickets online in advance
  • The fall festival at the South Barrington location begins September 11th and runs through Halloween.
    • Come see the famous Pumpkin Eating Dinosaur, enjoy animals, watch a pig race, and enjoy the bakery.

 

 

 

 

Heinz Orchard

  • Green Oaks, IL
  • The closest orchard to Chicagoland!
  • Small crop this year so hours and days are extremely limited. Follow website and Facebook page to stay on top of updates.
  • No bathrooms, fruit sampling, hanging out or picnicking this year
  • One picking stick per group
  • Pure apple picking fun!
  • $10 for a 1/2 peck bag
  • Check their website and Facebook page for hours and schedule

 

Homestead Orchard

  • UPDATE! THIS ORCHARD IS ALL PICKED OUT! You are still welcome to enjoy instore purchases.
  • Woodstock, IL
  • Next picking day is September 19th
  • Because of COVID -19 the restrictions are no picnicking and you must wear your mask in the store and in the orchard when you cannot keep the 6’ distance

 

Honey Hill Orchard

  • Waterman, IL
  • Open daily through October 31st, 9 AM – 5:30 PM daily
  • Children’s play area with farm petting zoo and straw maze
  • Donuts, cider, pies, etc
  • Everyone over age 2 must have a pre-purchased picking bag to enter the orchard.

 

Jonomac Orchard

  • Malta, IL
  • On Fall Festival Days (Saturday, Sunday, Labor Day & Columbus Day Monday) guests must have general admission wristband to enter the u-pick orchard plus a u-pick bag (for up to 4 people). This is required so we are able to restrict the number of guests on our farm each day. Tickets may be purchased in advance through the website.
  • Fall Festival days are Fri-Sun and holidays
  • On Weekdays (Monday-Thursday, excluding Labor Day & Columbus Day Monday) it is free to enter the u-pick apple orchard once you have purchased your u-pick bag from inside our Store & Bakery or Cider House.
  • Barn Yard Play Area is open free of charge Monday through Thursday, and guests are able to pick apples in our U-Pick Apple Orchard from 9am-5:00pm
  • All the fall festival activities are open on the weekends.
  • There is a pumpkin patch as well.

 

 

 

 

Keller’s Farmstand

  • Oswego, IL
  • The apple orchard is located on our Oswego farm. Before heading to the orchard for U-pick apples, ALL guests must first purchase a bag at the Apple Barn. Last entry to the orchard will be 30 minutes prior to closing time to allow enough time for picking.
  • The pumpkin patch is at the Oswego farm only
  • Kids play area, farm animals, 8 acre corn maze, pedal tractors, etc available on weekends.

 

Kuipers Family Farm

  • Apple Orchard & Pumpkin Farm
  • Admission to Orchard: $12.99 per person Includes 1/4 peck bag of apples. Children 2 and under admitted FREE but don’t receive a bag.  Everyone entering the orchard must purchase admission.
  • Apple picking in the orchard is primarily available weekends only through October. Some varieties may be available to pick weekdays, check for updated information on the Homepage weekly
  • Pumpkin Farm Fun begins September 19th – October 31st.
  • Corn maze, pig races, jumping pillow, tractor train, farm animals, and more!

Lang’s Orchard

  • CLOSED FOR THE 2021 SEASON

 

 

 

Rendleman Orchards

  • Alto Pass, IL
  • U-Pick Pumpkin Patch open late September through October 31st
  • Check their Facebook page for what variety of apples are available in the market
  • U-Pick sunflower and zinnia field as well
  • Apple cider donuts, slushies, and cute photo ops!
  • “Nestled in the hills of Southern Illinois, Rendleman Orchards has been committed to growing and shipping quality peaches, nectarines, apples, and vegetables to the commercial produce markets throughout the Midwest since 1873!”

 

Royal Oak Farm Orchard

  • Harvard, IL
  • “Our u-pick apple orchard, located in Northern Illinois near the Wisconsin state line, offers family fun and  entertainment in a beautiful 120 acre setting from mid-August through mid-November. We have over 17,000 apple trees with over 30 varieties of apples to choose from and new varieties are being planted each spring. We also grow pumpkins, giant pumpkins, gourds and winter squash. And we have the country’s first apple tree maze, Amaze ‘N Apples, where you can wonder through 1.5 miles of trails with 9 varieties of apples. Don’t forget our world famous apple cider donuts and the best apple picking in northern Illinois!”
  • Playground, petting zoo, train, carousel, and the countries only apple tree maze!
  • $10 admission includes: Access into the Orchard, Access into the Pollination Garden, 1/4 Peck Bag to Fill in the Orchard.
  • Picking available Monday through Sunday
  • Picking available beginning September 25th on weekends only. If you prefer to pick your own pumpkins, head over to our pumpkin U-pick entrance on the West side of the Entertainment Area to our new pumpkin field. Cost for Pumpkin Picking is $7/person and includes one pumpkin of any size from the field. Wagons will not provided this season due to Covid-19, so we encourage guests to bring their own.

 

Stade’s Farm & Market

  • McHenry, IL
  • A $10 minimum apple purchase per person is required to enter the apple orchard. (At least a 1/4 peck bag) Ages 2 and under are free.
  • Weekend tractor-driven rides to the Pumpkin Patch are available from 10 AM – 5:30 PM. Please check our website, Facebook, or call (815) 675-6396 for picking conditions and more information.
  • Fall fun / farmtractions Fri-Sun only as well as Columbus Day.

 

Valley Orchard

  • Cherry Valley, IL
  • Check their website for the apple variety U-pick schedule
  • Fresh donuts, pie, and apple cider!

 

Woody’s Orchard

  • Plano, IL
  • FALL 2021 SEASON IS HERE! Open Thu – Sun 10a – 6p. Woody’s is a U Pick orchard with a Bakery, Farm Market Gift Shop, Play Yard, and Train. Enjoy Apple Cider Donuts and Slushies on our beautiful farm. Check our website for pricing
  • Woodys Orchard has a 2 acre pumpkin field that features 15 varieties of pumpkins planted randomly. The pumpkins range from 1-5 lb “cannon balls” to 100 lbs “atlantic giants.”

2021 U-Pick Flower Farms Near Chicagoland


Fall doesn’t mean enjoying a beautiful flower field has to come to an end.

Many sunflower fields are just now blooming!

Enjoy an outdoor, socially distanced activity, and bring home a vase a full of flowers to adorn your home!

 

 

 

 

Thompson Strawberry Farm

  • 14000 75th Street, Bristol WI
  • Open through mid October
  • Roughly 40 min drive from Chicagoland (15 min north of Six Flags)
  • Visit the sunflower fields everyday, 10 AM – 6 PM
  • $12.00/Adult; $6.00/Child (3-10 Years Old)
  • 6 flowers included with each admission! Take a stroll through our zinnia and wildflower patches too. They are a beautiful colorful addition to a sunflower bouquet! Admission also includes entrance to the Thompson Corn Maze!
  • Be sure to bring something to cut your flowers with. They do have scissors available for purchase just in case! The water station in the field has bags, rubber bands and water for you to bring your flowers home with.

  • Sunflower admission also gives you access to their first ever corn maze!
  • There is also pumpkin picking and raspberry picking here as well.

 

 

Von Bergen’s Country Market

  • 9805 IL Route 173, Hebron IL
  • The Fall Pumpkin Festival has already kicked off and the sunflower maze will be available daily during peak bloom! Follow their social media to be updated on the fields opening. (I mean who wouldn’t want to experience a zombie sunflower maze?!)
  • There are also U-Pick zinnia’s and snapdragons!

 

Stade’s Farm & Market

  • 3709 Miller Road, McHenry, IL
  • Check their Facebook page for U-pick hours and sunflower field status
  • “Sunflower picking on the farm begins in mid-July and will last through late September. We have 2+ acres and 18 different varieties of sunflowers planted for 2021. We also grow other cut flowers such as snapdragons, zinnias, cosmos, marigolds, and amaranthus.”
  • Sunflower Pricing
    • $2 each
    • $5 for 3 flowers
    • $28 per vase all you can fit inside (Zinnias may be picked for vases at the same price)

 

 

Harvest Time Farm Park

  • 17904 Grant St., Lowell IN
  • “Come out and explore our acres of flower fields and fresh air! We have a variety of gorgeous blooms including sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos, wildflowers, and more!”
  • Acres of sunflowers and other wildflowers and gorgeous blooms, a brand new butterfly enclosure, tasty treats and scheduled fun for the kids depending on the weekend!
  • Follow their Facebook to stay updated!

 

County Line Orchard

  • 200 S. County Line Rd, Hobart IN
  • Best pick of sunflowers is mid to late September
  • They also have U-Pick apples and U-Pick pumpkins, corn maze, kids farm, and new this year, 25 stunning artworks on barn door canvases by local artists throughout the Orchard!
  • General admission is $2. Pay For What You Pick – $2 for large or $2 for small bunch

 

 

Proclamation Flowers

  • 33891 S Rivals Rd, Wilmington, IL
  • Check their Facebook for when their colorful, greenhouse, grab n’ go bouquets will be out! Their bouquets are $15, and come in a glass jar. There will also be a pumpkin cart as well for electronic purchase.
  • Electronic checkout only; instructions are posted in the greenhouse. The guaranteed way to get flowers is to preorder through: https://proclamationflowers.square.site
  • You can also book a private session in the field! “For $30, you can have a private photo session (no U-pick), for $45 (1-5 people) and 60$ (6-10 people) you will have unlimited and exclusive access to cut whatever is blooming in the flower field. We grow around 300 hundred varieties of 70 species of cut flowers, many of them unique, heirloom, or specialty blooms you’re not going to find other places. No one else will be in the flower field with you during your time slot. So it’s truly all yours for the picking!” Bring your own cutters and buckets.
  • Book your private cutting session through their website!

 

 

Peony Hill Farm

  • 1015 Zola Road, Harrisburg, IL
  •  A Peony Farm with 12 acres of fresh cut flowers. They sell the cut flowers in the spring and root divisions in the fall.
  • 2021 blooms are closed for the season, roots available for October pick up and shipping.

 

Shawnee Hills Lavender Farm

  • 480 Brown Section Rd, Cobden, IL
  •  U-Pick lavender farm
  • Closed for the 2021 season, lavender blooming season usually the first weeks in June

2021 Fall Raspberry Picking


Did you miss berry picking this summer? Don’t fret!

There are still quite a few farms in and near Illinois to pick raspberries

and with lots of other U-Pick options as well!

 

 

 

Heider’s Berry Farm

  • Woodstock
  • U-Pick red raspberries are $5 / pint. Cash or check only.
  • Season continues until Mid-October but check their Facebook page for announcements before driving over. There are days where they are temporarily picked out.

 

Johnson’s Farm Produce

  • Hobart, IN
  • U-Pick raspberries, produce, and sunflowers!
  • The fun farm is open on weekends!
  • Always check their Facebook page before driving down.

 

Stade’s Farm & Market

  • McHenry
  • If you are interested in raspberries, make sure to call ahead and / or check their Facebook page for availability. They sell out quickly on the days they are available for U-Pick.
  • They do have apples, sunflowers, and zinnias as well!

 

Thompson Strawberry Farm

  • Bristol, WI
  • Beautiful sunflowers, yummy raspberries, and pumpkins soon as well!
  • Raspberry picking is closed Monday and Tuesdays for ripening and open Wednesday-Sunday: 10:00-5:00

 

 

Happy Picking!


2021 Chicagoland Farmers Markets


Farmers Market Season has begun and is thriving! This will definitely be a different experience than you are used to but so are grocery stores and lots of other experiences!

Make sure to get the full requirements from each farmers market you want to attend, but the guidelines are mostly the same throughout all of them.

Wear a mask, limit the members of the household in attendance, no pets, etc. The Illinois Farmers Market Association outlines all of the guidelines.

 

 



MONDAYS

 

 

Hinsdale Farmers Market

  • The 45th Annual Hinsdale Farmer’s Market will start on Mon, May 31 thru Mon, Oct 25, 2021 (2 extra weeks).
  • 7 a.m – 1 p.m
  • Burlington Park, 30 E Chicago Ave.
  • FREE “Fitness In The Park” every Monday from 7-8 AM during the Farmers Market season.

 

 

WEDNESDAYS

 

Elmhurst Farmers Market

  • June  – October
  • 7 AM – 1 PM
  • Located in the York & Vallette Business District

Grayslake Farmers Market

  • June 2nd – September 22nd
  • 3 – 7 pm
  • Located at the corner of Center and Whitney Streets in Historic Downtown Grayslake.

Green City Farmers Market: Lincoln Park

  • Wed & Sat, May through October, 7 AM – 1 PM.
  • 1817 N. Clark St.
  • Discounted parking is available for $13 for two hours with validation in the Chicago Historical Museum parking lot(opens in a new window) off of Stockton Drive. Parking validation cards are available at all entrances to the market.

Highland Park (Ravinia) Farmers Market

  • June 2nd – October 27th
  • Hours: 7 – 1 PM
  • Live music at 8:45 & 11 AM
  • Jens Jensen Park, Highland Park

Oak Lawn Famers Market

  • June 9th – October 13th
  • Near the Village Green on Dumke Drive. 9446 Raymond Ave
  • 7 – 1 pm
  • No Farmers Market on Sept 8th.
  • Live music in the Library parking lot at 10 AM on select dates.

Winfield Farmers Market

  • June 5th – October 30th
  • 7 – 1 pm
  • Winfield Farmers Market is conveniently located at the SW corner of
    County Farm & Geneva Roads, in the parking lot of Winfield’s popular
    Prairie Trail Center shopping plaza

 

THURSDAYS

 

 

Barrington Farmers Market

  • June 17th – October 21st
  • 3 – 7 pm
  • Park Ave & Cook St.

Bolingbrook Promenade Street Market

  • June 3rd – August 26th
  • 4 – 9 pm
  • Great live music from 6 – 8 PM

Clarendon Hills Farmers Market

  • June 4th – October 31st
  • 7:00 AM – 1 PM
  • 1N Prospect Ave

Gallagher Way French Market

  • 3635 N. Clark next to Wrigley Field
  • July 15, 22 / August 5, 19, 26 / September 9, 23, 30
  • 4PM – 7PM

 

La Grange Farmers Market

  • May 6th – October 21st
  • 7 – 1 pm
  • Corner of LaGrange Rd. and Harris Ave.
  • There are often fun events for children at 11 AM. Follow their Facebook page for specifics.

Libertyville Farmers Market

  • June 3rd – October 22nd
  • 7 – 1 pm
  • In Cook Park on West Church Street

Naperville’s 95th Street Farmers Market

  • June 3rd – September 30th
  • 3 PM – 7PM
  • Located in the parking lot of the 95th Street Library 3015 Cedar Glade Road, Naperville

Orland Park Farmers Market

  • June 3rd – August 19th
  • 4 – 8 pm
  • Crescent Park (near the 143rd Street Metra station). 9705 West 142nd St.

Wauconda Farmers Market

  • July 1st – September 30th
  • 4 – 7 pm
  • Main Street between Bangs and Mill Streets

 

FRIDAYS

 

 

Elgin Farmers Market

  • June – October
  • 3 – 7 pm
  • Spring Street in Downtown Elgin

Lake Zurich Farmers Market

  • June 4th – September 10th
  • 3 – 7 pm
  • Paulus Park: 200 S Rand Rd.

Schaumburg Farmers Market

  • Every Friday from June 4th through October 29th
  • 7 – 1 pm
  • Trickster Gallery: 190 S. Roselle Rd.

St. Charles Farmers Market

  • June 4th – October
  • 8 – 1 pm
  • The East Side of Baker Methodist Church: 307 Cedar Ave.

 

SATURDAYS

 

 

Arlington Heights Farmers Market

  • May 15th – October 16th
  • 8 AM – 12:30 PM
  • In the parking lot at Vail and Fremont

Aurora Farmers Market

  • Saturdays, June 12 through October 16
  • 8 AM – Noon
  • Water Street Square (65 Water Street)
  • “Saturdays in Downtown Aurora are headlined by fresh produce and fun at the Aurora Farmers Market, now in our 109th (2021) season! Every week, our Market features fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, decadent baked goods and pastry items, a selection of local food trucks and vendors (including Aurora’s famous Dick’s Mini Donuts), delicious coffee, one-of-a-kind artisan items and more!”

Batavia Farmers Market

  • June – October 31st
  • 8 – noon
  • North River Street between Wilson and State
  • 3rd Saturdays – will feature the Artisan Collective where you can enjoy living and shopping locally. Shop for handmade items from your favorite artists, makers, and designers.
  • Don’t forget to visit the Batavia Boardwalk Shops while you are there!
    • FRIDAY 10 A.M. – 7 P.M., SATURDAY 9 A.M. – 4 P.M., SUNDAY 12 P.M. – 4 P.M.
      MAY 28 – DECEMBER 19, 2021
    • The Batavia Boardwalk Shops are located at the corner of Wilson and Route 25 (114 East Wilson Street)

Crystal Lake Farmers Market

  • June 5th – September 25th
  • 8 – 1 pm
  • Depot Park (next to Downtown Train Depot)

Downers Grove Farmers Market

  • May 8th – October 16th
  • 7 – 12:30
  • Downers Grove Train Station, 5001 Main Street

Elk Grove Village Farmers Market

  • June – Mid- October
  • 7:30 – 1 pm
  • Come visit us at the Clock Tower at Wellington and Biesterfield
    on the municipal parking grounds in Elk Grove Village, IL.

Evanston Farmers Market

  • May 1st – November 6th
  • 7:30 AM – 1 PM
  • Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave. (just east of East Railroad Ave.)

Glenview Farmers Market

  • June 19th – October 23rd
  • 8 AM – Noon
  • Historic Wagner Farm: 1510 Wagner Rd, Glenview
    • The 2021 market will be held in the circular drive on the north side of the Heritage Center

Green City Farmers Market: Lincoln Park

  • May through October, 7 AM – 1 PM.
  • 1817 N. Clark St.
  • Discounted parking is available for $13 for two hours with validation in the Chicago Historical Museum parking lot(opens in a new window) off of Stockton Drive. Parking validation cards are available at all entrances to the market.

Green City Market – West Loop

  • June through October
  • 8 AM – 1 PM
  • Mary Bartelme Park,115 S Sangamon St

Huntley Farmers Market

  • May – October
  • 8 – 1 pm
  • Huntley Downtown Square – 11704 Coral St
  • You can also enjoy live music and a host of special events throughout the season.

Lisle French Market at PrairieWalk Pond

  • May 1st – mid-October
  • 8 – 1 pm
  • Located along Garfield Ave, adjacent to Prairiewalk Pond

Naperville Farmers Market

  • June  – end of October
  • 7 AM – Noon
  • Downtown Naperville: 200 East. 5th Avenue

Northcenter Farmers Market

  • June 5th – October 30th
  • 8 – 1 pm
  • Northcenter Town Square – 4100 N. Damen
  • Please ENTER AT DAMEN AVE AND EXIT AT LINCOLN AVE!
  • The Northcenter Farmers Market is one of the oldest farmers markets on the North Side of Chicago

Oak Park Farmers Market

  • 7:00 AM – 1 PM every Saturday through October
  • The Market is located in the Pilgrim Church parking lot at 460 Lake St., one block west of Ridgeland Avenue.
  • Free parking is available in the Oak Park River Forest High School parking garage on Scoville Avenue, just north of Lake Street

Palatine Farmers Market

  • May – October
  •  7 – 1 pm
  • Every Saturday at the Palatine Train Station Parking Lot (directly east of the Palatine Train Station)

Rolling Meadows Farmers Market

  • May 29th, June 26th, July 17th, August 28th, September 25th
  • 10 – 2 PM
  • Community Church of RM: 2720 Kirchoff Rd.
  • Free kiddie trains and live music each month!

Sugar Grove Farmers Market

  • June  – September
  • 8 – noon
  • Village of Sugar Grove Municipal Center Parking Lot; 10 Municipal Drive

Tinley Park Farmers Market

  • June 5th – October 9th
  • 8:00 – 12:30
  • Zabrocki Plaza, 17375 S. Oak Park Avenue

Wheaton Farmers Market

  • April 10th – November 27th
  • 8 – 2 pm
  • The outdoor market is at Reber Street and Liberty Drive near Courthouse Square.
  • “The first hour of the market between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. being reserved for the unvaccinated at-risk population that includes seniors and those with underlying health conditions.”

 

SUNDAYS

 

 

Antioch Farmers Market

  • Antioch farmers market will be once a month, on the last Sunday of the month. June 27th, July 25th, August 29th, and September 26th
  • 8:00 am – 2:00 pm located at the William E. Brook Entertainment Center (Bandshell) 900 Skidmore Drive Antioch.
  • The kids flea market will be from 9 AM – Noon

Cary Farmers Market

  • June – September
  • 9 – 1 pm
  • Cary Train Station, 100 W Main Street

Geneva Farmers Market

  • June 7th – November 8th
  • 9 – 2 pm
  • South Street & 4th Street

Glen Ellyn Farmers Market

  • June – October
  • 8 – 1 PM
  • Parking lot South of the Railroad tracks between Forest and Main

Logan Square Farmers Market

  • May 9th – October 31st
  • 9 – 3 pm
  • 9 AM – 10 AM priority shopping for individuals of high risk
  • Takes places along Logan Blvd from Milwaukee to Whipple

Mt. Prospect Farmers Market

  • June 6th – October 31st
  • 8 – 1 pm
  • East Metra commuter lot at NW Hwy and Emerson Street

Oswego Farmers Market

  • June 6th – September 26th
  • 9 -1 pm
  • 19 Main Street in downtown Oswego

Plainfield Farmers Market

  • June – September
  • 11 AM – 3 PM
  • Plainfield Public Library parking lot

Western Springs French Market

  • May through end of October
  • 9 AM – 1 PM
  • The French Market’s location is on Hillgrove Avenue in front of the historic water tower, between Lawn Avenue and Grand Avenue.

Wicker Park Farmers Market

  • Every Sunday through October 31st!
  • 8 am – 2 pm
  • 1425 N. Damen Ave
  • *Masks are required between 8:00 – 9:00 AM for all shoppers, volunteers, and staff, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are optional for all vaccinated individuals between 9:00 – 2:00 PM.

 

Do you live in the West or Far West suburbs?

Check out this awesome and handy printable from Stay + Play Local Tri-Cities!

West suburban farmers markets

 

 


Ways To Celebration Juneteenth in Chicago


June 19th is the REAL freedom day when the word that slavery had ended finally reached the enslaved people of Galveston, TX.

A holiday just as important as the 4th of July, and with Chicago being a major destination of freed African Americans

fleeing the Jim Crow south in the Great Migration, this is the perfect city to celebrate in!

 

Here are some fantastic ways to celebrate this weekend!

 

 

 

Juneteenth Story Time

  • Remember our virtual story time from last year? If you can’t make it out to any of the below events, watch our Colors of Chicago story time of Juneteenth For Maisie!

 

Juneteenth Citywide Caravan / Parade

  • Friday, June 18, 2021; 1:45 PM 4:45 PM
  • “We will begin lining up at 1:45 pm. We will depart from Malcolm X College at 1900 West Jackson, Chicago IL 60612 and conclude at A. Phillip Randolph Porter Museum at 10406 S Maryland Ave, Chicago, IL 60628 in Pullman.”

 

Juneteenth: The Celebration

  • Harold Washington Cultural Center: 4701 S. King Dr.
  • 6-19-21 at 1:00 PM
  • Free grocery giveaway at 11 AM
  • Performances by M.A.D.D Rhythms, BLU Rhythm Crew, Broadway In Bronzeville, & The Happiness Club

 

Beverly / Morgan Park Juneteenth Family Festival

  • Beverly / Morgan Park: 110th Place and Longwood
  • 11 AM – 7 PM
  • “Join us for the Beverly/Morgan Park Juneteenth Family Festival and Black business Crawl! This educational and celebratory event will include storytelling, drumming circles, African-based art, culture, food, music and numerous kid activities. Black businesses will be promoting their goods and services on-site and this event is free to the public. All families are welcome!”

 

1865 Fest at the Band Stand

  • Saturday, June 19th & Sunday, June 20th
  • 10 AM – 8 PM
  • Band Stand: 100 South Central Park Avenue, Chicago
  • Celebrate Juneteenth and listen to live music!

 

Annual Juneteenth Celebration

  • National A. Phillip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum
  • Saturday, June 19, 2021; 2:00 PM 9:00 PM
  • “The Black Mall and A. Phillip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum presents our annual celebration. Come support this family-friendly event.”

 

Dusable Museum of African American History Reopening

  • After being closed for more than a year, the nation’s first Black history museum will be reopening!
  • Juneteenth Reopening Celebration (outdoors):
    Reopening Program: 11:00AM
    Juneteenth Celebration: 1:00PM
    Museum free admission: 11:00AM – 4:00PM
  • “The reopening program which will take place in front of the Museum will feature specially invited guests, community leaders, elected officials and DuSable Museum personnel welcoming visitors, members and friends back to this world-class institution. The relevance of a “Juneteenth” reopening is in celebration this cultural holiday which commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States.”

 

Juneteenth In The 9th

  • Location: The Roseland and Pullman neighborhoods
  • A free shuttle will take guests between Rose Cafe, Block House Gallery, One Eleven Food Hall, and The National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum from 1 – 6 PM
  • Festivities kick off 10 AM – 1 PM at Rose Café: 10701 S. King Drive
  • Block House Gallery 2 -5 PM
  • National A. Phillip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum 2 – 9 PM
  • One Eleven Food Hall 1-6 PM

 

Civil War to Civil Rights at Oak Woods Cemetery

  • 1035 E. 67th St., by the S. Greenwood Ave. gate
  • Start time is 1:00 PM
  • “This large Victorian-era cemetery is the final resting place for prominent Chicagoans like Mayors Hale Thompson and Harold Washington and journalist Ida B. Wells, as well as other famous people, like Olympian Jesse Owens and physicist Enrico Fermi. A towering monument at the back of the cemetery marks the burial spot of several thousand Confederate soldiers who died while being held prisoner at Camp Douglas.”

 

Bronzeville Freedom Ride

  • The ride begins at Noon on June 19th at Wintrust Arena: 200 E Cermak Rd.
  • Ride south to Bronzeville and then into downtown for a final group photo in front of the Demand Justice art installation at the lakefront

 

The Woodlawn’s 2nd Annual Juneteenth Block Party

  • The Woodlawn 1200: 1200 East 79th Street Chicago
  • Noon – 10 PM
  • Rooftop parties, spoken word, live music, cultural activities, kids club, and more!

 

Juneteenth Parade and Celebration: Evanston

  • 11 AM – 4 PM
    • 11AM – Parade begins at Robert Crown center parking lot traveling to Morton Civic Center
    • 1PM – Juneteenth Celebrations kick off at Twiggs Park with programming from Evanston Present and Future
    • 2:30PM – Celebrations continue at Twiggs Park with programming from the City of Evanston
  • After the parade, enjoy musical entertainment, art, food and celebration at Ingraham Park until 4 p.m.!

 

Oak Park Car Parade & Picnic

  • June 19th at 3 PM beginning in Taylor Park
  • “The celebration, which was organized by community members and co-sponsored by the Village, will include a car caravan that is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. at Taylor Park, loop the Village and return to the park for a community picnic at 4 p.m.”

 

Berwyn Juneteenth Fest

  • June 19th, 2021 from 2 -7 PM
  • 1529 S Harlem Ave, Berwyn
  • “Happy Juneteenth! Our goal is to infuse Black Lives Matter & Black Liberation content with Black Music Month into a celebration of life and manifestation of freedom while showcasing unity.
    Please join us in advocating and in celebrating!”

 

Juneteenth / Father’s Day Celebration

  • Eden Place Nature Center: 4417 S. Stewart Ave, Chicago
  • Sunday, June 20th from Noon -3 PM
  • A picnic outing that includes story telling, music, and more!

 

Eat at a Black owned restaurant!

  • For two days, from Friday, June 18 to Saturday, June 19, more than 130 Black-owned restaurants in Chicago and Atlanta will celebrate by offering specials for $6.19 or $16.19.
  • The full list of restaurants is available at the Black People Eats Instagram account

 

Don’t forget about our Bronzeville Scavenger Hunt!

  • Thousands of African Americans fled the Jim Crow south and created a Black metropolis in the Bronzeville area of Chicago.
  • Juneteenth is the perfect day to explore this historical area and our scavenger hunt from Black History Month is a wonderful way to explore!

 

 

Ways To Celebration Juneteenth in Chicago


Celebrate the real freedom day this weekend by selecting one (or more) of these amazing Juneteenth events going on in Chicago!


A Black History Scavenger Hunt Through Bronzeville


Explore all Bronzeville has to offer with this compilation of historical sites. Including a free coloring printable for the kids!


 

 


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