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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
  • “On Fridays (afternoon only), Saturdays & Sundays starting September 19 until the end of October, you can pick your own apples right off the tree, or choose from a variety of fresh picked apples available in our orchard store.”
  • “The Country Store and Bakery is the perfect place to complement your orchard experience. Treasures abound under the barn roof and in the aisles of the country store.”
  • Due to the pandemic there will be no tractor rides, jump house, outside games, etc this season.

 

Apple Holler

  • Sturtevant, WI
  • 78 acre orchard and hardwood forest
  • Monday-Friday: 9AM until 4PM; the last picking bags are sold at 3PM,
    Saturday-Sunday: 9AM until 5PM; the last picking bags are sold at 4PM.
  • Must pre-purchase bag to pick apples. $15 for a 1/4 peck bag

 

 

Cody’s Farm & Orchard

  • Marengo, IL
  • Apple orchard opening TBD. Follow their Facebook page for updates.
  • Pumpkin season are weekends September 21st – October 27th
    • Free hayrides to pick your pumpkin
    • Kids play area
    • Fall decorations
    • Delicious food & desserts

 

County Line Orchard

  • Hobart, IN
  • U-Pick apples are pay what you pick, 1.79/lb
  • Pumpkins are 40 cents / lb
  • 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

 

 

 

 

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.
  • Apple picking will begin mid-September Monday thru Thursday. Guests will drive their vehicles out to the orchard on days when picking is available
  • Beginning September 28, pumpkin picking will be available weekly Monday thru Thursday.

 

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 28, 2020 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).
  • Purchase admission tickets online in advance
  • The fall festival at the South Barrington location begins September 19th 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
  • Opening day is September 18th
  • 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

  • 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 September 10th – October 31st, 9 AM – 5:30 PM daily
  • Children’s play area with farm petting zoo and straw maze
  • Donuts, cider, pies, etc
  • Must have a pre-purchased picking bag to enter the orchard. $8 1/4 peck

 

Jonomac Orchard

  • Malta, IL
  • Fall Festival Days will require a General Admission to safely limit the number of guests visiting the farm and allow for proper space to safely social distance. Guests are encouraged to purchase general admission tickets in advance on-line to ensure your entry on the day you plan to visit.
  • Fall Festival days are Fri-Sun and holidays
  • Admission not required Mon – Thurs
  • 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.

 

 

 

 

Keller’s Farmstand

  • Oswego, IL
  • The apple orchard is located on the Oswego farm. Before heading to the orchard for U-pick apples, all guests must first purchase a bag in the farmstand on weekdays or at the Apple Barn on weekends. Please buy apple bags 30 minutes prior to closing time to allow enough time for picking.
  • $7.00/person for ¼ peck bag (about 3 lbs)
  • The pumpkin patch is at the Oswego farm only
  • Kids play area, farm animals, corn maze, pedal tractors, etc available on weekends.

 

Kuipers Family Farm

  • Apple Orchard & Pumpkin Farm
  • Admission to Orchard: $10.99 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.
  • U-Pick apples on weekends only
  • Pumpkin Farm Fun begins September 19th.
  • Corn maze, pig races, jumping pillow, tractor train, farm animals, and more!

Lang’s Orchard

  • Woodstock, IL
  • Open Sat and Sun from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Honeycrisp and Snowsweet will be sold prepicked only
  • Follow their Facebook page for the availability schedule of the various apple varieties

 

 

 

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 for U-Pick
  • U-Pick sunflower and zinnia field as well
  • “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!”
  • There is also a children’s entertainment area with train, carousel, hay ride, etc.

 

Stade’s Farm & Market

  • McHenry, IL
  • A $10 minimum apple purchase per person is required to enter the apple orchard
  • Hayrides and pumpkin picking will begin on Saturday, September 19th

 

Valley Orchard

  • Cherry Valley, IL
  • U-Pick apples will be available September 12th
  • Pay per pre-purchased bag
  • Fresh donuts, pie, and apple cider!

 

Woody’s Orchard

  • Plano, IL
  • Apple orchard, pumpkin patch, playground, train rides, and activities galore!
  • Open Fri – Sun in September and Thur – Sun in October
  • “Orchard entrance is permitted with the purchase of a $7 quarter peck bag for each person.
    Over the age of 4 requires purchase of an apple bag.’
  • 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.”