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Sunflower Fields Near Chicago to Visit This Summer & Fall

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.
 

Sunflower Fields and Mazes Near Chicago

sunflower fields near me in 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: Fields are closed as of of August 29, 2021 for the season.

Hours: Monday-Friday 9-6, Saturday 9-5, Sunday 9-3 (field closes a half hour before closing times)

Cost: They have discounted their fee to $5 per person. Kids 3 and under free. Fresh cut sunflowers will be available at the check in/out for purchase @ $3ea.

M & D Farms And Garden Center is a large garden center but also has a sunflower field. No cutting in the field is allowed. Leashed pets are allowed in the field. Photographers must make an appointment by phone (708-935-1715) to enter the field. Cell phone pictures are welcome but professional cameras are not allowed except for photographers who have appointment and pay a daily fee of $60 (but they are allowed to book multiple clients per day).

Check their Facebook page for most current information.

McDonald Farm – The Conservation Foundation


Address: 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, Illinois 60565

Distance from Chicago: About 35 miles southwest of Chicago (45 minute drive)

Dates: The sunflower patch is in full bloom as of September 9, 2021.

Cost: FREE but donations are always welcome

McDonald Farm – The Conservation Foundation has a sunflower patch.

Check their facebook page for updates.

Johnsons Farm

Address: 8960 East Ridge Road, Hobart, Indiana 46342

Distance from Chicago: About 41 miles southwest of Chicago (about a 50 minute drive)

When:  Their sunflower fields are in bloom from end of August through most of September. Sunflower Fun Farm Weekend is peak season and will be held on September 11-12 and 18-19, 2021.

Hours: Open only on weekends from 8am – 6pm (last admission is 5pm)

Cost: Fun Farm admission is $9.00 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. Sunflower pricing TBD!

Johnson’s Farm Produce has planted over 20 acres of sunflowers this year so they continue to have beautiful fields thru the season. They offer sunflower U Pick. In addition to their sunflower fields, they have also planted a field of zinnias.

Check their facebook page and website for most current information.

County Line Orchard

Address: 200 S. County Line Rd, Hobart, Indiana 46342

Distance from Chicago: About 43 miles southeast of Chicago (1 hour drive)

Dates: The farm opens September 1, 2021. The best sunflower picking is from mid to late September.

Hours: 9am – 6pm daily

Cost: General admission is $2 per person. Pay for what you pick: $2 for large or $2 for small bunch.

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.

Keller’s Farmstand

Address: 2500 Johnson Rd, Oswego, IL

Distance from Chicago: About 45 miles southwest from Chicago

Dates: The sunflower field is open August 14-15, 20-22 and 27-29, 2021.

Hours: 9:30am to 5pm (last entry at 3:30pm).

Cost: Online tickets are $10+ and grant you access to the Sunflower field, children’s play area, PLUS 2 blooms that you can pick yourself (you may purchase extras). Children ages 4 and under are free, no ticket needed. They strongly recommend purchasing your tickets online at KellersSunflowers.com to guarantee your entry. Tickets are also available at the ticket booth on a first come first served basis for a surcharge.

Keller’s Farmstand has a 3-acre pick-your-own sunflower field with 3 acres of sunflowers and over 60,000 blooms. There are photos opportunities in the field. The farm has a children’s play area and also an orchard for apple picking.

Check their facebook page, twitter or instagram for updates.

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 sunflower maze is now closed for the season as of August 8, 2021.

Hours: 10am-6pm daily

Cost: $5 a person, kids 2 and under are free. New this year, you can cut your own sunflower blooms: small blooms- 4 for $1.00, Large blooms- 2 for $1.00.

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch has 4 acres of bright sunflowers and has 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: Their 3rd Annual Heap’s Sunflower Harvest is on select dates from August 20 -September 19, 2021. Additional dates might be added if flowers are still in full bloom.

Hours: 10 am to 7pm on select dates from August 20 -September 19, 2021.

Cost: Admission is $12 per person, ages 3 & up which includes access to the sunflower and zinnia field, all farm activities and 1 bloom. They recommend purchasing tickets in advance online.

Heaps Giant Pumpkin Farm has over 9 acres of flowers in 2021 including sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos and a few new flower varieties. 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 updates.

Kuipers Family Farm

Address: 1N145 Watson Road, Maple Park, IL 60151

Distance from Chicago: Approximately 56 miles west of Chicago (about an hour driving time)

Dates: The 2021 Sunflower Experience dates are August 28 until approximately September 12, 2021.

Hours:  Monday-Saturday 9AM-6PM and Sunday 10AM-6PM (Last admission to the field is 5:00 PM M-F and 5:30PM weekends)

Cost: $14.99 admission Per Person which includes 1 Bloom; $2.00 per extra bloom. Children 2 and under admitted free. They also offer combination tickets for those that want to go apple picking as well.

Kuipers Family Farm has 5 acres of several different sunflower varieties in the fields. The experience goes ‘full bloom’ on weekends with live music and delicious farm-fresh food options on the scenic orchard lawn. Check their facebook page and website for most current 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 picking on the farm started July 8 and is expected to last through late September, 2021.

Hours: 9 am – 5 pm.

Cost: Price for cut your own sunflower flowers is $2 each or $5 for 3 flowers or fill a vase full for $28. They accept credit cards, (not American Express) debit cards, and cash but not checks.

Stade’s Farm and Market has 2+ acres and 18 different varieties of sunflowers planted for 2021. They also grow other cut flowers such as snapdragons, zinnias, cosmos, marigolds, and amaranthus.

You can also pick your own raspberries, blueberries (limited), green beans, snap peas and beets and sunflowers!

Flower clippers are provided if needed. For families visiting with children, bring your stroller or wagon if they need a ride out to the Pick-Your-Own fields. Pets are not allowed on the farm except for trained ADA service animals.

Check their facebook page, twitter or call (815) 675-6396 for most current information.

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 opened on July 10, 2021. They have the longest sunflower season of all the farms close to the Chicago area and plan to have flowers all through October.

Hours: Open 10:00am-7:00pm every day (weather permitting)

Cost: Admission is $12.00/adult and $6/child (3-10). Each paid admission fee includes 6 flowers for you to bring home with you. Additional flowers cost $10 for an extra dozen. 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.

Thompson Strawberry Farm opened up a sunflower patch in 2020 for the first time and planted more than 2 million sunflowers but this year they have over 4 million sunflowers on 30 acres. They have paths that are cut out of the field for you to walk around. They have also doubled their zinnias and wildflowers. ​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).

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: U-pick sunflower season is July 17-September 5, 2021.

Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 3pm – 7:30pm and Saturday & Sunday 10am – 6pm.

Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch has acres of flower fields including sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos, wildflowers, 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.

Richardson Adventure Farm

Address: 909 English Prairie Rd, Spring Grove, IL 60081

Distance from Chicago: 65 miles northwest of downtown Chicago

Dates: The sunflower fields will be open on August 21-22 and 25-29, 2021.

Hours: 10am-7pm

Cost: $10 for ages 4 and up (which includes 1 single stem with each admission). Additional single stem cut flowers will be $1 each and muti-stemmed flowers will be $4 each. Get additional pricing details on their website.

Richardson Adventure Farm has 13 acres of sunflowers planted in a whimsical design with 3.2 miles of flowing trail to stroll through. They have 25 different varieties of sunflowers of many different colors including orange, yellow, gold, red, and peach and a “pick-your-own” sunflower area. The gift shop will also be open with restrooms, wine tasting, gifts and donuts. They will ONLY be selling tickets at the farm and not online.

Check their Facebook page and website for updates.

Jonamac Orchard

Address: 19412 Shabbona Road, Malta, IL 60150

Distance from Chicago: 70 miles west of Chicago

Dates: Sunflower Festival is September 4-6, 2021.

Jonamac Orchard will be opening their sunflower patch soon. The farm also offers apple picking (starting August 28, 2021), corn maze, pumpkin patch (opens mid-September) and 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 most current information.

Von Bergen’s Country Market

Address: 9805 IL Route 173, Hebron, Illinois 60034 (2 miles East of Route 47 or 6 miles West of Richmond/Route 12)

Distance from Chicago: About 73 miles northwest of Chicago or 1 hour 20 minute drive.

Dates: Their sunflower maze is closed for the summer. Their next sunflower maze will open in the fall.

Hours: Friday-Sunday 9-6

Cost: Tickets are $5 per person. Available at the entrance. kids 2 and under are free.

Von Bergen’s Country Market is hosting its 3rd Annual Sunflower Festival with over 30 acres of sunflowers. Pets are not allowed on the farm except for trained ADA service animals. Check their facebook page or call the sunflower hotline (815) 648-2332 for current updates.

Thistleberry Farm

Address: 61391 Mayflower Rd. South Bend, IN 46614

Distance from Chicago: 92 miles from Chicago (about a 2 hr drive)

When: The July sunflower field has closed. The sunflower field will reopen September 16 and they anticipate it blooming through October 3, 2021 (dependent on the weather).

​​Hours: Weekdays 3 pm to 8 pm; Saturdays 10 am to 8 pm; Sundays 1 pm to 6 pm

Cost: Admission to the sunflower field is $7 per person. Ages 2 and under are free. Prices for U-Pick are $1 per stem for basic yellow sunflowers, $2 per stem for specialty sunflowers $.50 per stem for zinnias.

Thistleberry Farm has a 6 acre sunflower field with zinnias for u-pick and pictures. You may bring a dog to the sunflower field for pictures as long as you keep it on a leash, it is well behaved, and you clean up after it. Tickets for the sunflower field will be only available at the farm this fall (not online).

Check their facebook page (which is updated daily) or their website for current information.

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: Sunflowers are usually in peak bloom around mid-July to late July. They are no longer in bloom as of August 3, 2021.

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)

Cost: Admission is $20 per vehicle which includes 12 U-Pick Sunflowers (while supplies last). There is an additional charge for corn maze and pumpkins. They are not setup to accept electronic payments.

Dates: Their 2021 sunflower season is July 25 through late September.

Hours: 7am-7pm daily (weather permitting)

Lannon Sunflower Farm has 8 acres of sunflowers. 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. They will also have corn maze and U-Pick pumpkins for the first time in 2021.

Check their facebook page or call 414-803-1542 for most current information.

Have you visited any sunflower fields near Chicago?

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One Comment

  1. So cool Patti. Sometimes I think of an urban center like Chicago and forget nature is not too far away. Every city seems to have suburbs and those suburbs often lead out to more pristine, green environments. Nothing like a sunflower field to make you smile.

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