If you live in or are visiting Chicago in the summer and googled “sunflower fields near me” you are in the right place. There are several beautiful sunflower fields located close to the city for those that want to enjoy being in nature or take photos for instagram. If you are looking for a fun day trip from Chicago, keep reading for a list of the best sunflower fields near Chicago. I have updated the post to reflect which sunflower fields are still open for visitors.
Sunflower Fields and Mazes Near Chicago
- Sunflower Fields and Mazes Near Chicago
Below is a list of sunflower fields near Chicago – listed in order of distance from downtown Chicago. They are all in the Chicago area (in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana) and are located between 40 minutes to 2 hours driving time from downtown.
I have included useful information you need to plan your visit, including addresses, hours, bloom dates as well as links to their websites and facebook pages. Note: Sunflower fields sometimes close after bad weather and dates are adjusted so always make sure to check their facebook pages for the most up to date hours, dates and weather related closures before you go.
M & D Farms And Garden Center
Address: 14946 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen, Illinois
Distance from Chicago: About 31 miles southwest of Chicago (42 minute drive)
Dates: The sunflower fields are closed for 2020.
Address: 8960 East Ridge Road, Hobart, Indiana 46342
Distance from Chicago: About 41 miles southwest of Chicago (about a 50 minute drive)
When: Sunflower Fun Farm Weekend held on September 12th, 13th, 19th & 20th
Hours: 8am – 6pm (last admission is 5pm)
Cost: Fun Farm admission is $8.00 per person and includes access to the U Pick fields, jump pad, jump pillow, obstacle course, pipe swing, triple slide, pedal karts, blue-choo, tram rides, goat village, Johnson’s town, and corn box. Sunflowers from our U Pick field are 1 for $3 each or 3 for $6.
Johnson’s Farm Produce is a family farm that has been selling some of the freshest home grown fruits and vegetables available in Northwest Indiana since 1940.
County Line Orchard
Address: 200 S. County Line Rd, Hobart, Indiana 46342
Distance from Chicago: About 43 miles southeast of Chicago (1 hour drive)
Cost: $1 per person. Pay for what you pick: $2 for large or $2 for small bunch.
Dates: Sunflower patch is still in full bloom. The best picking is from mid to late September.
County Line Orchard has a sunflower patch but this farm has a lot of fun activities for kids including apple picking, tractor rides, a kid farm, corn maze and more. Check their Facebook page for most current information.
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch
Where: 42W813 Reinking Road Pingree Grove, Illinois 60140
Distance from Chicago: About 50 miles northwest from Chicago (50 minutes driving time)
Dates: The 2020 sunflower season is over. In 2021 they are planning 3 mazes to run from the last weekend of July to Labor Day weekend.
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
Address: 4853 US Highway 52, Minooka, Illinois
Distance from Chicago: About 52 miles southwest of Chicago (1 hour drive)
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. Sunflower season is over for 2020.
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
Distance from Chicago: Approximately 60 miles north of Chicago (1 h 15 minutes driving time)
Dates: Sunflower fields are closed for 2020.
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.
Thompson Strawberry Farm
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Where: 14000 75th Street, Bristol, Wisconsin 53104
Distance: 60 miles north of Chicago (1 hour driving time).
Dates: Sunflower fields are open until October 12, 2020
Hours: 10:00 am -7:00 pm Wednesday-Sunday (Closed Monday and Tuesday)
Cost: $25 per car (up to 6 people) more than 6 people in car is $5 per person). Admission includes a dozen pick your own sunflowers or zinnias. Additional flowers cost $1 for each extra flower, or $10 for an extra dozen.
Thompson Strawberry Farm opened up a sunflower patch in 2020 for the first time and have planted more than 2 million sunflowers! They have 22 acres of flowers in more than 15 fields so they have the longest sunflower season of all the farms in the area. Don’t forget to bring something to cut the flowers with as well as a vase or bag to put them in (water will be provided for your flowers). Pick your own raspberries will begin around the end of August.
There is no extra charge for professional photographers but the farm asks to be tagged in photos. There are also extended hours for photo sessions if you message them on facebook.
Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch
Where: 17904 Grant St, Lowell, Indiana 46356
Distance from Chicago: About 61 miles southeast of Chicago or about a 1 hour drive.
Dates: Open September 12, 2020 until late September, 2020
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 3pm – 7:30pm and Saturday & Sunday 10am – 6pm.
Cost: Tickets cost $5.95 per person (online) or $8.95 per person (on-site). Ages 2 and under are free.
Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch has acres of flower fields including sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos, black-eyed susans, and more. There are vintage inspired photo opportunities throughout the meadows. You can also enjoy tasty treats on the farm from fresh lemonade, iced coffee, and donuts on weekends only. Pets are not allowed.
Check their facebook page for most current information.
Von Bergen’s Country Market
Address: 9805 IL Route 17, Hebron, Illinois 60034
Distance from Chicago: About 73 miles northwest of Chicago or 1 hour 20 minute drive.
Dates: There is a last sunflower patch in full bloom until approximately end of October, 2020. The sunflower patch is part of Fall Pumpkin Fest, and tickets must be purchased online in advance.
Von Bergen’s Country Market is very popular and gets crowded especially on weekends. As of October 14, 2020, they have a small sunflower patch in full bloom for about 10-14 days (weather permitting). This is not a full maze like they had in the summer – the plants are short and the blooms aren’t as large as their previous plantings but this is the last place near Chicago to see sunflowers this year. Pets are not allowed on the farm except for trained ADA service animals. Check their facebook page for current updates.
Oak Rest Farms Sunflowers
Address: Just south of 6138 S. Pine Street, Burlington, Wisconsin 53105
Distance from Chicago: About 80 miles north of Chicago (1 h 20 minute drive).
Dates: Sunflower field is closed for 2020.
Oak Rest Farms Sunflowers has a sunflower field. Pets are not allowed. Check their facebook page for current updates.
Matthiessen State Park
Address: 2500 IL-178, Oglesby, Ilinois 61348
Distance from Chicago: About 96 miles southwest of Chicago (1 h 35 min drive)
Cost: Free (picking flowers is not allowed)
Hours: 7 am– 8:30 pm daily
Dates: Best dates to see sunflowers in peak bloom are mid July to through the first week of August.
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).
Lannon Sunflower Farm
Address: W204N8525 Lannon Rd, Lannon, Wisconsin 53051
Distance from Chicago: About 111 miles north of Chicago (1 h 45 min drive)
Dates: August 28, 2020 was the last day for sunflower picking. By popular demand and because the flowers are still beautiful, the wildflower butterfly gardens will remain open into September for picture taking.
Hours: 7am-7pm daily
Lannon Sunflower Farm has a total of 3 acres of sunflowers for picking in two plantings. They have a wild flower area just for viewing and taking pictures (no picking here – flowers reserved for pollinators). Well mannered dogs on a leash are welcome. Be sure to bring own clippers or scissors (they have a few extras if you forget) to cut your flowers and a vase, bucket, bag or container to bring them home in. Check their facebook page for most current information.
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