If you live in or near Illinois and googled “sunflower fields in near me” you are in the right place. There are several beautiful sunflower fields and farms throughout Illinois for those that want to enjoy being in nature or take photos for instagram. Keep reading for a list of the best sunflower fields in Illinois that you can visit this summer.
Sunflower Fields in Illinois
Below is a list of sunflower fields in Illinois. 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: Some sunflower farms close the mazes to the public after too much rain so make sure to check their facebook pages for the most up to date hours, dates and weather related closures before you go.
Sunflower Farms in Northern Illinois
M & D Farms And Garden Center
Where: 14946 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen, Illinois about 31 miles from Chicago
Dates: The sunflower fields re-opened to the public on August 29.
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 am-6 pm, Saturday 9 am-5 pm, Sunday and Labor Day 9 am -3 pm (field will close half hour before closing times).
Cost: $5 per person Monday-Friday and $7 per person on Saturdays and Sundays. Ages 3 and under are free. Fresh cut sunflowers are available for $2.50. Photographers are charged a daily fee of $50 and need an appointment to enter the sunflower field.
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch
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Where: 42W813 Reinking Road Pingree Grove, Illinois 60140 about 50 miles northwest from Chicago
Dates: Done for summer 2020 (dates were late July -early August, 2020). In 2021 they are planning 3 mazes to run from the last weekend of July to Labor Day weekend.
Hours: 10 am – 6 pm daily
Cost: $5 a person, kids 2 and under are free. You can also cut your own sunflowers for $1 a piece.
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch created a new sunflower maze this year and have strategically placed some fun stops along the path to stage your own photos. No pets are allowed. Check their Facebook page for current updates.
Heap’s Pumpkin Farm
Where: 4853 US Highway 52, Minooka, Illinois about 52 miles southwest of Chicago
Dates: The 2nd Annual Heap’s Sunflower Harvest is from August 20, 2020 to September 6, 2020. Tickets must be purchased online in advance to guarantee access.
Cost: $12 per person for a daily pass which includes 1 bloom to take home and access to all farm activities. There are various add-on options for additional sunflowers. Kids 2 & under are free. Photographers are charged an extra $50 daily.
Heaps Giant Pumpkin Farm has over 5 acres of sunflowers as well as a new zinnia patch. You can cut your own flowers to take home and enjoy unlimited access to all activities on the farm such as the corn maze, soybean maze and kid playgrounds. Check their facebook page for current hours and other information.
Stade’s Farm and Market
Where: 3709 Miller Road, McHenry, Illinois about 60 miles north of Chicago close to the Wisconsin border
Dates: Sunflower fields in bloom now until the fall. Flowers are picked quickly so visit early in the mornings.
Cost: $5 admission per person, sunflowers are $2 each, 3 for $5, or fill a vase for $25
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.
Pets are not allowed on the farm except for trained ADA service animals. Pictures with a smartphone or small camera are encouraged but photographers with extra equipment or drones are not allowed.
Von Bergen’s Country Market
Where: 9805 IL Route 17, Hebron, Illinois 60034 about 73 miles northwest of Chicago (close to the Wisconsin border)
Dates: The first two mazes are closed for the season. Maze #3 is expected to open early October (weather permitting).
Hours: Open daily from 9 am to 8 pm. Visit early in the morning or midweek for fewer crowds.
Cost: $5 per person (free for kids 3 and under). Picking flowers is not allowed.
Von Bergen’s Country Market is very popular and gets crowded especially on weekends. They have 3 sunflower mazes available, at separate times, throughout the season. Each sunflower maze will last about 2 weeks (depending on weather). Pets are not allowed on the farm except for trained ADA service animals. Check their facebook page for current updates.
Sunflower Fields in North Central Illinois
Matthiessen State Park
Where: 2500 IL-178, Oglesby, Ilinois 61348 about 96 miles southwest of Chicago
Dates: Best dates to see sunflowers in peak bloom are mid July to through the first week of August. It might be too late for this year to see the sunflowers in peak condition.
Hours: 7 am– 8:30 pm daily
Cost: Free (picking flowers is not allowed)
Matthiessen State Park is an Illinois state park with beautiful rock formations located a few miles south of the more famous and popular Starved Rock State Park. This underrated park has a 60-acre sunflower field (in the southern part of the park behind the model airplane field).
Sunflower Farms in Central Illinois
LA Family Farms
Where: 21661 Staley Rd, Paris, Ilinois 61944. It is located close to the Indiana border about 186 miles south of Chicago and 90 miles west of Indianapolis.
Dates: As of August 12, 2020 the sunflower maze season is over for 2020.
LA Family Farms has five acres of sunflowers. Check their facebook page and twitter for most current information. They also have a dedicated sunflower page on their website with updates throughout the year.
Sunflower Farms in Southwestern Illinois
Where: 951 S Green Mount Rd, Belleville, IL 62220 about 20 miles from St. Louis, Missouri
Dates: Due to intense rain, the Sunflower Trail closed early for the 2020 season.
Cost: Must purchase your field access pass in advance which will give you access to sunflower trail, peach orchard and blackberries. Admission to the sunflower trail is an additional $3 which you will pay at the farm.
Eckerts Farm is the largest family-owned pick-your-own orchard in the US. They have a Sunflower Trail – a 5-acre sunflower field featuring shorter flowers, which are better suited to photographs.
Have you visited any sunflower fields in Illinois?