September is here which means it is time for fall activities like apple and pumpkin picking. If you live in or are visiting Chicago this fall and googled “apple picking near me” you are in the right place. There are several apple orchards located close to the city for those that want to enjoy fun fall activities like picking apples. If you are looking for fun day trips from Chicago this fall, keep reading for a list of the best apple picking near Chicago.
Apple Picking Near Chicago
Below is a list of apple orchards near Chicago open for apple picking this fall (listed in order of distance from downtown Chicago). All the apple orchards in this post are located in the Chicago tri-state area between 40 minutes to 1.5 hours driving time from the city.
Some orchards are small no frills farms that just offer apple picking for a low price while other farms have restaurants and bakeries and offer a plethora of fun attractions and activities like pumpkin patches, corn mazes, kid farms and more.
I have included useful information you need to plan your visit, including addresses, hours, dates as well as links to their websites and facebook pages. Note: Each apple orchard has different types of apples and each type of apple is only available for a short time. Make sure to check each orchard’s apple picking calendar to see when your favorite apple is ready for picking.
Heinz Orchard is a small, family-run orchard and is Chicagoland’s closest orchard located next to Libertyville. This no-frills orchard specializes in pure apple picking fun and does not offer hayrides, corn mazes or food/drink. You are welcome to bring strollers and wagons into the orchard. Much of the fruit is very small this year due to this summer’s drought so hours and dates and times are to be determined and might not be updated until the night before.
Address: 1050 Crest Road, Green Oaks, IL 60048
Distance from Chicago: 39 miles north of Chicago
Apple Picking Dates: Opens September 18, 2020. Dates and hours will be regularly updated on their website.
Cost: There are no admission or parking fees but at least one person in your party must buy a bag. Prices are $10 for a 1/2 peck bag and $20 for a 1 peck bag.
County Line Orchard
County Line Orchard is a popular and affordable farm with over 30 varieties of apples. In addition to apple picking they have a U-Pick sunflower patch (best mid to late September) and pumpkin patch. Other fun activities include a large corn maze, tractor rides, bee yurts, a MooChoo ride, and kids farm with animals. Check their facebook page, website or call (219) 947-4477 for most current information.
Address: 200 S. County Line Road, Hobart, Indiana
Distance from Chicago: About 40 miles southeast from Chicago (about 55 minutes)
Apple Picking Dates: September 3 – November 1, 2020
Hours: Daily 9am – 6pm.
Cost: General Admission is $1; Pay for what you pick: $1.79/lb for apples. Children 2 & under are free. See website for detailed pricing.
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch is a family owned and operated farm since 1985 well known for their annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch, Goebbert’s offers many fall themed attractions for kids and families including a Haunted House, Kiddie Play Land, Straw Maze, Singing Chickens, Pumpkin Express Train, Giant Pumpkin Slide, 20-foot Pumpkin Eating Dinosaur and Animal Land with a Pig Family, Giraffe Barn, and Feathered Friends Building. They also have a café that features baked goods and meal options, apple cider donuts and homemade caramel apples. Check their Facebook page and website for more updates.
Address: 42W813 Reinking Road Pingree Grove, Illinois 60140
Distance from Chicago: About 50 miles northwest from Chicago (about 1 hour driving time)
Apple Picking Dates: August 28, 2020 through October 31, 2020.
Hours: Hours are 9-6 daily.
Cost: General Admission is $12.99 (weekdays) and $16.99 (for weekends), Labor Day and Columbus Day. Seniors are $11.99/each any day. Children 2 and younger are free. They 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.
Kuipers Family Farm
Kuipers Family Farm offers 230 acres of apple orchard, a sunflower field and a pumpkin farm (opens Sep. 19). After picking apples, head to the Orchard Bakery to pick up their famous apple cider doughnuts, home-baked pies and cream and butter fudge and grab a gallon of freshly-pressed pasteurized apple cider. Check their facebook page and website or call (815) 827-5200 Ext. 1 for most current information.
Address: 1N145 Watson Road, Maple Park, IL 60151
Distance from Chicago: 58 miles west of Chicago (about 1 hour)
Apple Picking Dates: Apple picking Saturdays, Sundays only through October or while supplies last
Hours: Saturday 9AM-6PM (No orchard admissions after 5:30PM) and Sunday 10AM-6PM (No orchard admissions after 5:00PM)
Cost: $10.99 per person which includes ¼ peck bag of apples. Children 2 and under admitted FREE but don’t receive a bag.
Woody’s Orchard has over 18 varieties of apples that ripen throughout the fall season. There are tons of fun activities for kids including train rides and a Play Yard with a spider web, jump pad, hay maze, big slides, hamster rollers, duck racers, wooden tractors, climbing tire pile and a cedar playhouse. They also have a U Pick pumpkin patch that opens late September.
Address: 3223 Creek Road, Plano, IL 60545
Distance from Chicago: About 58 miles west of Chicago
Apple Picking Dates: Mid to late August until late October
Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm on Fridays-Sundays in September and Thursdays-Sundays in October
Cost: Orchard entrance is permitted with the purchase of a $7 quarter peck bag for each person over the age of 4. There are additional fees for other activities. See website for pricing.
All Seasons Orchard
All Seasons Orchard is one of the largest u-pick apple orchards in Illinois with over 15,000 apple trees and two apple orchards. In addition to apple picking there is also a barnyard with over 30 family-friendly activities including a petting zoo, corn maze and a pumpkin patch (opens late September). They have a drive thru located near the exit which is stocked with donuts, cider and some of their most popular farm market items. Check their facebook page and website or call (815) 338-5637 for most current information.
Address: 14510 IL Route 176, Woodstock, Illinois 60098
Distance from Chicago: 60 miles northwest from Chicago (about 1 hour)
Apple Picking Dates: Open daily August 29 – November 1, 2020
Hours: Monday – Friday 10am-5pm; weekends and holidays 10am-6pm booth closes 1 hour prior to closing.
Cost: There is no entrance fee to enter the Country Kitchen and Farm Market but there are fees for apple picking and barnyard activities. See their website for pricing. Tickets can be purchased at the orchard or online.
Stade’s Farm and Market
Stade’s Farm and Market is located in scenic McHenry County in northeastern Illinois. They produce 2,200 acres of fresh fruits and vegetables that they sell directly to consumers through their Farm Market. The farm is also popular for pick-your-own fruits and vegetables including zinnias, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, peppers, green beans, and pumpkins. They also have a large entertainment area which includes a petting zoo, corn maze, giant slides, hay rides, and a large variety of unique attractions. They also have sunflower fields late summer and early fall. Check their facebook page, twitter and for website for more information.
Address: 3709 Miller Road, McHenry, Illinois
Distance from Chicago: Approximately 60 miles north of Chicago
Apple Picking Dates: Late August through late October, 2020.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Apple Pricing starts at $10 for a 1/4 Peck Bag. A $10 minimum apple purchase per person is required to enter the apple orchard (ages two years and under are free).
Prairie Sky Orchard
Prairie Sky Orchard has more than a dozen varieties of pre-picked and U-pick apples. Their Store & Koffee Kiosk sells fresh doughnuts on weekends, fresh cider, raw honey, jams, salsas & butters, and several varieties of pies.
You-pick quantities are limited – check their facebook page and website or call (815) 923-4834 for updates.
Address: 4914 N. Union Road Union, IL 60180
Distance from Chicago: 61 miles northwest from Chicago
Apple Picking Dates: September 12 until early October
Hours: Open every day from 10am to 5pm
Cost: Free parking and admission. See website for pricing.
Address: 17411 Secor Road, Woodstock, Illinois 60098
Distance from Chicago: About 63 miles northwest from Chicago
Apple Picking Dates: Apple picking season starts September 12 until at least early October
Hours: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays and closed on weekdays
Cost: $16/peck = 1/4 bushel (No Admission or Parking Fees)
Homestead Orchard is a quiet no frills place in the country to pick 23 varieties of apples, pie cherries and pears. Their store in an 1880s horse barn, sells hand crafted items, glassware, and some antique furniture. There is a separate room that honors WWII veterans with memorabilia. They also sell fresh honey from orchard’s own bee hives along with beeswax candles. Check their facebook page and website for updates. The message on their answering machine (815) 338-7443 gives up-to-date picking information and estimated ripening dates.
Address: 11802 Charles Road, Woodstock, Illinois
Distance from Chicago: About 65 miles northwest from Chicago (about 75 minutes)
Apple Picking Dates: Apple picking season is late July to late October
Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00am-4:00pm and Sunday, Noon-5:00pm
Cost: One peck = 12lbs. or about $1.65 lb. 1 peck bag is $20.00 (There is a 1- peck minimum for family with children and a 2-peck minimum for more than 4 adults.)
Voted one of the “Top Ten Best Orchards” in the country, Apple Holler is a 78-acre orchard with more than 20,000 select dwarf trees featuring 30 varieties of apples. They also offer a handy guide with apple-picking tips for newcomers. Check their facebook page, website or call (262) 884-7100 for most current information.
Address: 5006 South Sylvania Ave, Sturtevant, Wisconsin 53177
Distance from Chicago: About 66 miles north of Chicago
Apple Picking Dates: Apple picking has begun and is expected to last through early November.
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9AM until 4PM (the last picking bags are sold at 3PM), and Saturday-Sunday: 9AM until 5PM (last picking bags are sold at 4PM).
Cost: Apple picking prices start at $15 for a 1/4 peck bag. Check their website for detailed pricing.
Honey Hill Orchard
Honey Hill Orchard is a family-owned and operated orchard with 25 varieties of apples. In addition to pick your own apples, the farm has pick your own raspberries. There is a bakery though which Apple Cider Donuts, Apple Cider, Honey, Caramel Apples, Fresh Baked Pies. There is also a Free Children’s Play Area with Farm Petting Zoo and Straw Maze and weekend wagon rides.
Address: 11783 Waterman Rd., Waterman, IL 60556
Distance from Chicago: 66 miles west of Chicago
Apple Picking Dates: September 12 – October 31, 2020.
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily
Cost: $8.00 per 1/4 peck or $28.00 per peck. There are no admission or parking fees. However, everyone over the age of 2 years must purchase a picking bag to ride a wagon and go into the picking areas.
Jonamac Orchard is a three generational family farm owned and operated since 1984. The apple orchard has over 20,000 apple trees. In addition to apple picking, the farm offers a 12 acre U-Pick pumpkin patch (opens mid-September), corn maze, and a sunflower patch (select weekends). There are also many activities for kids including a petting zoo and a Barn Yard Play Area (slides, kid fort & wooden maze, play tractor, duck races, trike track, spider web, kiddie barn, straw bale pile, & “Tiny Town” Donut Shop & School House). They also have a Store & Bakery and Cider House. Check their facebook page and website for more information.
Address: 19412 Shabbona Road, Malta, IL 60150
Distance from Chicago: 70 miles west of Chicago (about 1 hour 10 minutes)
Apple Picking Dates: Apple picking season started August 29, 2020 and will stay open until quantities last.
Hours: 9am to 5:30pm (last entry is at 5PM). Make sure to check their website for detailed hours of other activities.
Cost: $15 per 1/2 peck bag of apples, up to 4 people may pick per bag. Entry is free on weekdays (Monday-Thursday, excluding Labor Day & Columbus Day Monday) but there is a general admission charge of $5.00 per person (2 and under free) on Fall Festival Days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Labor Day & Columbus Day Monday). Check their website for detailed pricing and to purchase general admission tickets in advance.
Royal Oak Farm Orchard
Royal Oak Farm is a 160-acre orchard with 20,000 apple trees in over 30 varieties, along with pumpkins, gourds and squash. It is also home to Amaze ‘N Apples, the country’s only apple tree maze filled with 1.5 miles of walking trails, 9 varieties of apples to pick, 3 activity areas, a central climbing tower, and games. Royal Oak offers many family fun and entertainment activities including a train, carousel, hayrides, petting zoo and playground. After apple picking make sure to stop by the bakery for fresh fudge, hand dipped caramel apples, homemade pies and its famous apple cider donuts and the country kitchen for home-cooked chicken pot pies and hand breaded chicken tenders.
Address: 15908 Hebron Rd. Harvard, IL 60033
Distance from Chicago: 77 miles northwest of Chicago (about 1 hour 30 minutes)
Apple Picking Dates: Apple Picking season has started for 2020.
Hours: Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Friday – Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Cost: Apple Picking Admission costs $7 for children age 4-18 and for seniors age 65+ and includes a 1/4 peck (3 lb) bag to fill in the orchard. Admission for Adults is $13 and includes a 1/2 peck (5-6 lb) bag to fill in the orchard.
Have you visited any of these apple orchards close to Chicago?