Where in Chicago and Northern Illinois to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!

This month's notes: November 2014: Apples are in full swing!  Raspberries tomatoes, corn and most vegetables are being picked in most places, most blueberries and peaches are finished. Find a corn maze, hayride or pumpkin patch here. Make your own homemade ice cream including low fat, low sugar and other flavors))  Have fun, eat healthier and better tasting, and save money by picking your own locally grown fruit and vegetables, and then using our easy canning and freezing directions!

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Chicago and Northern Illinois U-Pick Farms and Orchards, sorted by county

Remember: ALWAYS call (or follow the link to the farm's own website, if the name is a blue link) to confirm the information before you go! They may close, run out or change events, times, etc. without notifying me!

All Seasons Orchard Woodstock, IL

 

Boone County

  • Edwards Apple Orchard - apples, raspberries, pumpkins, horse-drawn hay rides, hay maze, petting zoo, restrooms, gift shop, pony rides
    7601 Centerville Road, Poplar Grove, IL 61065. Phone: 815-765-2234.  Open: 9 am to 6 pm daily, during September through November. Bluegrass music (presumably only on weekends), apple cider and apple cider donuts.
    See comments about this farm here! Some visitors on Yelp and Google report high prices and a commercialized feel, but the reviews I've received have been positive. (UPDATED: September 25, 2010)
  • Fiorello's Pumpkin Patch - Pick your own pumpkins. 
    3178 Hwy 173, Caledonia, IL. Pumpkins, pony and wagon rides, haunted house, witches, scarecrows, Halloween costumes, cornstalk maze and autographed copies of Frank Fiorello's latest pumpkin book. Open: September - end of October, 9AM - 7PM daily. Phone: 815-765-2587.  (UPDATED: October 28, 2009)
  • Susie's Garden Patch - Uses natural growing practices, eggplant, herbs/spices, peas, peppers, pumpkins, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, corn maze
    10258 US highway 20, Garden Prairie, IL 61038. Phone: 815-597-3011. Fax: 815-597-3414. Email: susie@susiesgardenpatch.com. Open: Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 6:30 pm and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: 6 miles east of Belvidere and 7 miles west of Marengo on Highway 20. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. There is No Membership or Admission Fee for anything. Payment: Cash, Credit cards only (NO checks). Typical harvest dates: June: Strawberries; Mid July to Frost: Tomatoes, peppers, egg plant, okra, hot peppers; Mid September - October 31: Pumpkins, Fall Squash. See this page for our picking updates. Special Events. Pre-picked crops are also available: Cherries, melons, peaches, tomatoes, watermelon, asparagus, beans, beets, cucumbers, gherkins, eggplants, garlic, onions, peppers, sweet corn.  We offer a corn path for the little ones. Hosting the 2012 15th annual Dairy Breakfast. Saturday June 23, 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cow pie bingo, petting zoo, antique cars and tractors horse drawn wagon rides, crafts and much more Breakfast- pancakes, sausage, apple sauce,milk & coffee . Proceeds go to Agriculture Education & Scholarship Fund Sponsored by: Boone County Farm Bureau Foundation . Click here for our Facebook page (UPDATED: February 02, 2012)  
    See comments about this farm here!

Cook County

  • The Children's Farm - pumpkins
    12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, IL 60464. Phone: 708-361-3650. Fax: 708-361-2811. Email us at: centerpalospark@aol.com . Directions: 294 (tristate) South towards Indiana, Exit I-55 towards Chicago. Take I55 to the second exit Route 45 (Lagrange Road) south. Lagrange Road south to 131st Street (8 miles) turn left onto Southwest Highway (7). The farm will be on your right turn in just before the large wooden pedestrian bridge. I-80 to Harlem or Lagrange exit north. At Harlem and 131st Street you will go right to Southwest Highway (7) and then right on 7 to the farm on your right. Click here for a map to our farm. We are open October. Our hours are: Monday through Friday from 3:00 - 5:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m. For the entire month of October our farm is open to pick your own pumpkin. You can visit our farm animals, take a hayrack to our pumpkin fields and have lunch in under our pavilion. A great day on the farm for you and your family. At the end of October we transform our farm into a spooky Haunted experience. Visit our website for more details.

DeKalb County

  • Honey Hill Orchard - apples, raspberries, pumpkins. 
    11747 Waterman Road, Waterman, IL 60556. Phone: 815-264-3337. 
    Comments from a visitor on October 17, 2009: "We went to the Honey Hill Orchard last week (10/10/2009) and had a wonderful time! There were plenty of apples still available and even some raspberries! There was a 10 pound minimum to pick (per group, not per person) for $15 for apples. There were also hay rides out to the pumpkin patch and a bakery that sells delicious pies and donuts as well as a cute store. All of the employees were so friendly there! We decided this is the best orchard we have been to in this area and will be back next year!"
  • Jonamac Orchard, Inc. - Pumpkins, apples, hayrides, pick-your-own pumpkin patch, kiddie barn
    19412 Shabbona Road, Malta, IL 60150. Phone: 815-825-2158. Directions: three quarters of a mile south of Malta on Shabbona Road (19412 Shabbona Rd.) Open: 7 days a week. Mid-August till Thanksgiving 9am - 5:30 daily. Also, prepicked sweet corn, pumpkins, squash, apples, cider, preserves, honey, popcorn, Indian corn, weekend hayride to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Get lost in our 10 acre Corn Maze with 3 miles of pathways and 2 bridges. The kids will love our Barnyard activity area with a huge bale pile, peddle tractors, sand pile, corn bin, play barn, bunny barn, mazes, tube slides and other fun activities. On weekends the Apple Train will be running and you can try your marksmanship skills at our Apple Launcher. We will also have festivals, live music, horse drawn wagon rides and more. Haunted Corn Maze this year by expanding the number of weekends to four. It will be open October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29, starting at Dark and ending at 10 PM.
    A visitor writes on September 02, 2013:
    "We visited Jonamac Orchard in DeKalb County for the first time and were amazed how nice it was. Everyone was so friendly and they have a ton of different types of apples for you to pick. They even let you sample the different available apples so you know how they are before you pick them. The store is very nice with apple donuts, fudge, cider, apples and other little things. It is a very family friendly place to visit as there are activities for the kids. We would definitely return. "
    Comments from a visitor on September 09, 2010: "We've been taking the kids for about 5 years now. Its getting to be a habit."
  • Sycamore Pumpkin Patch - Pick your own pumpkins. 
    15326 Quiqley Road, Sycamore, IL. Hayride, Haunted Forest, Maze of Corn, Giant Pumpkin Patch, Charlotte's Web, barnyard animals, store and refreshments. Admission charged. Open: Late September - October 31, daily 10AM - 6PM. Phone: 815-895-3276.  
  • UP Berries - raspberries (Autumn, red),
    30683 Lanan Road, Kingston, IL 60145Email: christine@upberries.com. Open: During daylight hours; A Self Serve Honor system in place; Raspberries start late in mid July and go through until the first frost. Directions: See website for directions and map. Click here for a map and directions. Raspberries start late in August and go through until the first frost. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: September 15, 2009)  (UPDATED: July 09, 2011)
    Comments from a visitor on September 27, 2010: "UP Berries was great.  Christine is so nice and the berries were delicious.  Not crowded and not expensive.  It was a very relaxing day."
    Comments from a visitor on August 27, 2010: "My husband and I spent a lovely afternoon picking the largest raspberries we have ever seen. The bushes were practically overloaded too so there was plenty to be had. I plan on going back this weekend for a few more. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 22, 2010: "I wanted to send my thanks for the wonderful listings you have here. We stopped at UP Berries in Kingston, IL and had a wonderful time picking delicious raspberries. We will definitely be visiting this farm again! The honor system was mapped out with very detailed instructions and it was a delight to pick from there. Thanks to the instructions here half of the loot is already turned into jam; the other half is properly freezing now on a cookie sheet! Thank you again for all this site has offered, and a big thanks to UP Berries!"

DuPage County

Ford County

Grundy County

  • Olive Berry Acres - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (black), raspberries (Spring, black), rhubarb, strawberries, U-pick and already picked, porta-potties
    2575 West Mine Road, Mazon, IL 60444. Phone: 815-474-6511. Email: oliveberryacres@aol.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Mazon is located on Illinois Route 47, about 15 miles south of Interstate 80. The farm is about 70 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, about an hour and a half drive. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: June 01, 2011) (ADDED: May 21, 2009)  
    Comments from a visitor on June 05, 2010: "We visited Olive Berry Acres (Grundy County, IL) today and had a great time. The owner, Nik, was very friendly and informative. There were three varieties of strawberry available, all were very tasty and flavorful. There were plenty of berries. We picked ten pounds and it was a drop in the bucket. The price was very good ($2/lb). The farm is nice and tranquil, very relaxing. Raspberries will be ready next week, and even though we live in Chicago, we're trying to make time to go back."

Kane County

  • Goebbert's Pumpkin Patch - beans, eggplant, peppers, pumpkins, tomatoes, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    42w813 Reinking Rd, Hampshire, IL 60140. Phone: 847-4645952. Email: Hollyp@pumpkinfarms.com. Open: Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: I90 west to Route 47. Exit left to farm. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. (ADDED: January 03, 2013)
  • Kuipers Family Farm - apples, pumpkins, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, Jumping pillow, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    1n318 Watson Road, Maple Park, IL 60151. Phone: 815-827-5200. Fax: 815-827-4100. Open: Apples Saturdays and Sundays 9:00 to 5:00 during September and October while supplies last. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: I88 West to Sugar Grove and Route 47 exit. Route 47 North 10 miles to Keslinger Road. 5 miles West on Keslinger to Watson Road. North on Watson to Entrance. I90 West to Randall Road exit. Randall Road South to Route 38. West on Route 38 five miles past Route 47 to Watson Road. South on Watson Road to farm. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page.  Apple Orchard, Gift Shop and Bakery. Christmas Trees from Thanksgiving thru Sunday before Christmas; Pumpkin Farm Festivities, Corn Maze and Barn Store

    Approximate Ripening Dates:
    Please call for daily updates to the apple picking schedule.

    Variety Ripens: Variety Ripens
    Paulared mid-August Red Delicious October 4
    Prima August 30 Golden Delicious October 4
    Jonamac, Gala

    September 6

    Mutsu, Idared October 18
    Cortland, McIntosh September 13 Rome, Winesap October 18
    Spartan, Ozark Gold September 13 Blushing Golden October 25
    Empire, Jonathan September 20 Granny Smith Nov or later

    Turn your fall pumpkin picking into a family event. Kuipers offers u-pick pumpkins right from the patch! We also have pre-picked pumpkins in many sizes. When the fall season is over don't forget to come back to Kuipers for your Christmas Season. We offer fresh u-cut and pre-cut Christmas trees and wreaths. We'll even have hot cider, home baked pies and our famous apple cider doughnuts to warm you up! For holiday decorating visit our Gift Shop for beautiful Christmas decorations and crafts. (UPDATED: October 29, 2013, from their website)  (UPDATED: May 02, 2012)
    See comments about this farm here!

  • Pine Apple Acres - apples
    41W651 Powers Road, Huntley, IL. Phone: 847-669-3251. Open: Closed Mondays, open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Directions: One Mile North on IL Hwy 47 from I-90 Northwest Tollway, then 1/4 mile East on Powers Road, right after Home Depot construction.  (UPDATED: October 29, 2013, from their website) (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: September 16, 2009)
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  • Plank Road Apple Orchard - U-pick apples, apple cider
    50w737 Plank Rd, Sycamore, IL 60178. Phone: 815-899-4020. Email: monica@plankrdappleorchard.net. Open: Monday to Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm; Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. U-pick apples: Gala, Jonathan, Honeycrisp, Spartan, Jonamac, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Cortland, Braeburn, apple cider, apple pie, strudels, apple cider doughnuts, honey.  We are a small, no-frills family owned apple orchard located about 50 miles from downtown Cjhicago and within minutes drive from Elgin. We offer u-pick, apple cider, on the weekends apple pies, apple cider donuts, apple strudels, turnovers, apple filled cookies., taffy apples.  It is always a good idea to call ahead and reserve an apple pie! Season starts at the end of August thru October, sometimes November depending on the weather. (UPDATED: October 29, 2013, from their website)  (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: September 22, 2009)
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  • Shady Hill Gardens - flowers, tomatoes, restrooms
    42W075 Route 38, Elburn, IL 60119. Phone: 630-365-5665. Fax: 630-365-5664. Email us at: joe@shadyhill.com. Directions: On the south side of Route 38, five miles west of Randall Road and two miles east of Route 47 And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in September, October. Our season typically runs from Labor Day until about October 15. Open: Monday through Saturday 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday 11 am to 4 pm Cut Flowers: August 29 through hard frost (approximately October 12). Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard. Shady Hill Gardens has long been known for their famous geraniums and other Spring plants, but in the Fall, you will find many other items. In addition to mums, cabbage, pansies and perennials, we have beds of Pick Your Own cut flowers, and pick your own tomatoes - both during their season only.
  • Spring Bluff Nursery - vegetables
    41W130 Norris Road, Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Phone: 630-466-4278. Email: info@springbluffnursery.com. Directions: 5 miles North of Sugar Grove off Bliss Road at Norris Road. Six miles West of Aurora. Please call for specific directions. Open: See their website or call to find out what they have and when; the You-Pick Farm Stand is open every Friday, Saturday & Sunday beginning July 5 (Available as Veggies Ripen).  (UPDATED: October 29, 2013, from their website)
  • Wiltse's Farm Produce and Greenhouses - corn (sweet), flowers, pumpkins, porta-potties, picnic area
    50 W 379 State Route 38, Maple Park, IL 60151. Phone: 815-827-3575. Email: wiltsefarm@aol.com. Open: season permitting - weather permitting. Directions: Directly on State Route 38, Maple Park, Illinois - 1/2 mile East of County Line Road or 6 miles West of State Route 47. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. U-Pick Tomatoes .. all U-pick items are weather permitting. The Wiltse family has been growing and selling quality vegetables for four generations. We start the season out with greenhouse products that consists of all sorts of annuals, vegetables and perennials - hanging baskets and planters, mulch, landscaping materials and services. We start picking Asparagus in the spring and following with our vegetables and finish with a variety of fall items including hardy fall mums, fall squash and our U-pick pumpkin patch. We are truly a family farm!. (UPDATED: May 30, 2013) (ADDED: February 09, 2011)

Kankakee County

  • Mary's Berries - rhubarb, strawberries, U-pick and already picked
    9495 E 1500 N Rd, Momence, IL 60954. Phone: 815-472-6015. Email: nwatson8128@gmail.com. Open: We will open 5/29/2012 and should be open for 2 pm to 3 weeks. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. For upick berries either bring containers or you will need to purchase boxes to take them home; Shallow boxes are the best; Our strawberries are planted on land that is very sandy and we put a lot of straw on the rows so we can have an inch or more of rain and still be able to allow picking as soon as the rain stops. (UPDATED: May 27, 2012)
  • Vana's Pumpkin Land - pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, Other fruit or veg, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    7705 W Rt17, Kankakee, IL 60901. Phone: 815-939-2000. Directions: 7 mi. West of Kankakee on Route 17. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in September, October. Open: Monday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Gourds, jack-be-little, white pumpkins, bird houses, banana squash, and so forth. (ADDED: October 18, 2008)

Kendall County

  • Dollinger Family Farm - Pick your own pumpkins. 
    7420 E Hansel Road, Minooka, IL. U-pick pumpkins, squash, gourds, mums, and Indian corn, hay rides, educational activities, farm animals, haunted cemetery, some 200 - 300 lb pumpkins here, picnic facilities. Open: September 30 - October 30, daily 10 am to 6 PM. Phone: 815-467-6766.    
  • Knutson's Country Harvest - apples, asparagus, beans, blackberries, blueberries, cucumbers, eggplant, flowers, herbs/spices, melons, onions, pears, peas, peaches, peppers, plums, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (black), raspberries (Spring, black), rhubarb, summer squash, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked, farm market, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    13550 Townhouse Road, Newark, IL 60541. Phone: 815-695-5905. Email: Info@Knutsonsharvest.com. Open: Monday through Friday 9:00 to 2:00, Saturday 9:00 to 4:00, Sunday 1:00 to 4:00. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: 20 Miles West of Joliet via Route 52. One mile South of Newark IL on Townhouse Road from Route 71. Call or visit our website for directions and maps. Click here for a map and directions. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September, October. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. We grow our Strawberries Hydroponically. They are in stacks about 4 feet high (very easy to pick, Elderly and Handicap friendly), much cleaner and more natural. See our website for pictures and details. In our store we have Fresh Pies (Regular and Sugarless), Jams, Jellies (Regular, Seedless and Sugarless), Pickles and Local Raw Honey available. Paddle boat rides in the summer and Wagon Rides in the Fall. Please call to verify availability. (UPDATED: July 06, 2012)
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  • Robbins' Raspberries - blackberries, raspberries (Autumn, red), picnic area
    11802 Fox River Dr., Newark , IL 60541. Phone: 815-695-9563. Email: robbins.raspberries@gmail.com. Open: Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Mondy to Friday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm; August 1 to first frost. Directions: Rt. 71 to Johnson street, follow out of town 7/10 mile on right hand side. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Please be sure to call or follow us on facebook for the latest picking information before coming out. Typical dates (but CALL first!) are: Blackberries: Mid July to Mid August Red Raspberries: Mid August to Frost. Children must be supervised and please keep pets at home. (UPDATED: July 26, 2014) (UPDATED: August 25, 2013) (ADDED: September 06, 2009)

Lake County

  • Didier Farms - beans, eggplant, peppers, pumpkins, tomatoes, other vegetables, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, Bouncy castle or moon bounce, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    16678 West Aptakisic Road, Prairie View, IL 60069. Phone: 847-634-3291. Alternate Phone: 847-634-3295. Fax: 847-634-3298. Email: didierfarms@didierfarms.com. Open: Farmstand Daily from the middle of July to October 31, from 9 am to 7 pm. Directions: Located at the northeast corner of Aptakisic Road and Buffalo Grove Road. Or 2 miles west of Route 21. Click here for a map and directions. Pick your own begins the beginning or middle of August and runs (weather permitting) until frost;. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. More: open spring for plants, summer for vegetables, fall for pumpkins, etc. Greenhouse. Also see our Photo Gallery,  Birthday Parties, and Calendar of Events pages. (UPDATED: July 21, 2011)
  • Heinz Orchard - apples,
    1050 Crest Road (corner of Crest & Atkinson), Green Oaks, IL 60048. Phone: 847-770-3449. Email: heinz.orchard@yahoo.com. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Crops are usually available in September, October. Open: See our website for current hours. Payment: Cash, only. Our family-run orchard is the closest to Chicagoland and has been welcoming individuals and families for over 40 years. We don't charge for admission or parking, and there is no minimum-per-person charge. (ADDED: September 02, 2008) (UPDATED: September 05, 2009)
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  • Krueger's vegetable's - beans, pumpkins, tomatoes, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, train rides, and prepicked produce, restrooms, picnic area, tractor-pulled hay rides
    28572 West Route 120, Lakemoor, IL 60051. Phone: 815-385-4981. Email us at: Kruegersfarm@aol.com. Directions: From us rte 12 we are located a mile and a quarter west of Route 12 on Route 120 Click here for a map to our farm. Crops are usually available in July, August, September, October. Open: Staring in July and ending October 31 we are open 7 days a week 9am till 6pm. our pumpkins patch hayrides start in October every weekend from noon till 5pm. Payment: Cash, Check.
  • Ziegler's Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked, restrooms
    32363 North Bacon Road, Grayslake,, IL 60030. Phone: 847-546-1228. Fax: none. Email: helsep@sbcglobal.net. Open: Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm (But you should call first) October 24, 25, 3l and November 1; not open on weekdays. Directions: Located on Bacon Road just south of Highway 120 and 2 miles west of Hainesville in unincorporated Grayslake. Click here for a map and directions. Ziegler Orchard apple picking time has been extended for Saturday October 24 and Sunday October 25 also Saturday October 31 and Sunday November 1; Available apples (both U-pick and prepicked) are Jonathan, Red and Golden Delicious, Banana Apples, Mutsu, Fuji, Cortland and Blushing Gold; They are ripe tasty and plentiful. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. There is also a Country Store/Bakery. Payment: Cash, Check.(UPDATED: September 14, 2014, by a visitor) (UPDATED: October 22, 2009)
    A visitor writes on September 14, 2014: " It is basically a pick your own orchard. They have a gift shop selling honey, cider, donuts, etc. It's a walk in, pretty extensive orchard. No admission other than minimum apple pick. Nice place for a sunny fall afternoon. Free parking. "

LaSalle County

  • Guelde Strawberries - asparagus, pumpkins, strawberries
    4779 E 1525th Road, Earlville, IL 60518. Phone: (815) 246-9609 Click here for a map to our farm. Open: See their website for most current information; They are typically open May, June, September, October; 7 Days a week, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, weather permitting

Marshall County

  • Schneider Orchard - fresh apples, pumpkins
    1036 County Road, 1150 North; Henry, IL 61537. Directions: 2 miles South of Henry on Rte 29, West 2 miles. Watch for signs.
  • Tanner's Orchard - Pick your own apples, Apples, cider, grapes, pumpkins, cider, Christmas decorations, gourmet foods, candles, jams and apple butter, bakery, deli
    740 State Route 40, Speer, IL, 61749. Phone: 309-493-5442. Email us at: info@tannersorchard.com. Open: 7 days a week, July 15 for season, school tours, restrooms, picnic areas, kids petting zoo and play area, Payment: Cash and credit cards welcome.  Tanners also has hayrack rides and a corn maze in the Fall!
    Comments from a visitor on September 16, 2012:
    "I have been going to Tanner's since I was a little girl and now take time out to drive my family a fair distance to visit them every year. We absolutely love the variety of activities, food choices, market items and fun we have when there. I have also taken my girl scouts to do their tour for kids, however they are strict in scheduling these only during their designated time. The tour is a great option and provides a lot. Covered wagon rides out to the orchard and pumpkin patch, samples of donuts and cider (1 donut per person and Gallon(s) of cider, color books, behind scene tour of packing, storing, cider making areas, etc. plus access to the back 40 activity/playground area is included in the price. "
    Comments from a visitor on September 13, 2010:
    "The Tanner's Orchard has been around for decades as a U-Pick apple farm. They have a great playground and petting zoo for the kids along with corn mazes. They are best known for their apple cider donuts and apple cider, but also have a large bakery/market too.  Love the orchard and have been going since I was a kid. Now taking my kids too it, and they keep adding more activities."
    Comments from a visitor on November 18, 2009:
    "Tanners Orchard has become a family destination with fresh apples and pumpkins, a bakery, a large county farm market, wagon rides to the orchard for pick your own fruit, a corn maze and a children's playground with farm animals. I have a blast every time I visit Tanners Orchard. The people are friendly, the food is good, and the price is right. And it's fun! My husband and I are addicted and visit frequently every year."

McHenry County

  • All Seasons Apple Orchard, Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze - apples, pumpkins, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked, farm market, restrooms, Inflatables/bounce house, Jumping pillow, pony rides, petting zoo, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    14510 Il Route 176, Woodstock, IL 60098. Phone: 815-338-5637. Email: info@allseasonsorchard.com. Open: We will open Labor Day Weekend 2013 Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: July 02, 2013) (ADDED: April 03, 2010)
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  • Cody's Farm -strawberries, pumpkins, corn maze
    19502 River Road, Marengo, IL 60152. Phone: (815) 568-7976. Alternate phone: (815) 276-3799. Email: codysfarmfreshvegetables@yahoo.com. In the Spring, they have a Strawberry Festival in the middle of June (exact date TBD); U Pick will be available. Please email us and we will send you the exact date when the strawberries are ready. There is a Pumpkin Festival, every weekend in October.  There is also an Autumn Drive with home grown vegetables/pumpkins, Fall decorations, plenty to eat, barrel rides, corn box, corn maze, pumpkin launcher, Children's tractor track, antique tractors, music and many craftors.   (ADDED: April 29, 2010, from their website) (UPDATED: July 01, 2011)
    Comments from a visitor on October 02, 2011: "Excellent little farm. Went on Saturday 10/01--not crowded at all! Delicious apple donuts, cider and good looking produce, especially pumpkins. Reasonable prices. They carry a few crafts and goat milk bath products. I will be back for the Autumn Drive!"
    Comments from a visitor on May 19, 2011: "Here is a great place for the Upick experience along with festivals!"
  • Freedom Organix - peas, tomatoes, Turkeys (organic, not-hormone-fed), Fresh eggs
    8406 Maxon Road, Harvard, IL 60033. Phone: 847-910-1160. Email: info@freedomorganix.com. Open: Sugar Snap Peas - Available Spring 2012 - - - Call first for availability Estimated dates: May 20, 2012 until June 15, 2012. Directions: North of Route 173, West of Route 14. Click here for a map and directions. Sugar Snap Peas - Available Spring 2012 --- Call first for availability Estimated dates: May 20, 2012 until June 15, 2012. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: September 05, 2011)
  • J. Goebbert U-Pick Farm (aka, J & J Dill, LLC) - beets, carrots, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, other vegetables, Other fruit or veg,
    16018 Route 176, Union, IL 60140. Phone: 224-764-8821. Alternate Phone: 224-623-9617. Open: The U-Pick Fields, and Farm Stand are open from August 17th until Mid - October, 7 days a week, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Directions: At Route 176 & Franklinville Road in Union, IL. It is 4 miles west of Route 47, on Route 176. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: May 22, 2012)(UPDATED: August 03, 2012)
  • Grace Farm Studios - raspberries (red), raspberries (Autumn, red), farm animals, events at your location (call for info)
    2719 Franklinville Road, Woodstock, IL 60098. Phone: 815-790-8895. Email: owney@gracefarmstudios.com. Open: Monday through Thursday 8 am to 5 pm, call first on these days. Friday and Saturday 8 am to 5 pm. Closed Sundays. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. asparagus: May 1 pm to June 15 red raspberries: June 15 pm to November 15 yellow, black, and purple raspberries: July 1 pm to September 15. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard. icelandic wool and woolen goods custom local hardwood and reclaimed barnwood furniture. (ADDED: April 25, 2010) (UPDATED: October 03, 2011)
  • Heider's Berry Farm - raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), strawberries, U-pick and already picked
    1100 North Queen Anne Road, Woodstock, IL 60098. Phone: 815-338-0301. Open: Sunday through Saturday from 9am to 3pm as long as berries are available. Directions: From Chicago and suburbs: Take I90 west to Route 47 north. Go through Huntley to Woodstock. Turn right on route 120. Go 2 miles, then turn left on Queen Anne. Go one-half mile. Farm is on the right. Strawberries: about June 10 to July 4 Raspberries: about July 4 to August 1 and about August 25 to frost. Payment: Cash, Check. You may call ahead for each day's picking conditions and availability. The beginning and ending of each picking season depends on the weather. (ADDED: September 05, 2011)  (UPDATED: June 06, 2012)
  • Homestead Orchard - apples, blackberries, cherries, gooseberries, pears, rhubarb, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, porta-potties
    11802 Charles Road, Woodstock, IL 60098. Phone: 815-338-7443. Email: donburda@comcast.net. Open: Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: From I-90 (Illinois Tollway) go north on Route #47 approximately 12 miles to Woodstock. Continue on #47 through business district going north a few more miles to Charles Road stop sign. Turn right and go 1 mile to Orchard!  From McHenry going west on #120. Go to the "Greenwood" stop sign, but do not turn left on #120, continue going west on what is now Charles Road. Homestead Orchard is a mile and a half on the right.Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: July 12, 2014) (UPDATED: June 22, 2014)
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  • Knoll's Apple Orchard and Vegetable Farm - Apples, home grown produce
    15211 Saint Patrick Road, Woodstock, IL 60098. Phone: 815-337-2334. Also called Knoll's Vegetable Farm and Apple
    Orchard. Open: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. They have a Farmers Market, on farm sales,  and Pick-your-own. Payment: Cash, only. (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: October 03, 2008)
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  • Lang's Orchard - Apples
    17411 Secor Road, Woodstock, IL 60098. Phone: (815) 568-7547. Email us langs@langsorchard.com. Open: Saturday to Wednesday from 11 am to 5 pm; Closed on Thursday and Friday.  Directions: From rts. 47 and 176 take 176 west about 4 miles to Franklinville rd and turn rt. Go 1.7 miles on Franklinville rd to Secor Rd and turn left. Proceed to Farm. Click here for a map to our farm. We are open September, October. Our store features fruit spreads, local honey and arts and crafts. (UPDATED: September 29, 2010)
  • McCann Berry Farm - strawberries, blueberries, sugar snap peas and rhubarb.
    18110 Kishwaukee Valley Road, Woodstock, IL 60098 , IL 60098. Phone: 815-568-8810. Fax: 815/568-1062. Email: mccannberries@joltmail.com. Open: Not opened for Blueberry picking this year (2014), due to cold weather crop damage; in a normal year, it would be Strawberries: June 16 open thru July 4th weekend. 8 am to 4pm every day; Blueberries are typically available  from July through mid August; Blueberry picking is on Wednesday and Saturdays only from 8am - 2pm; Call to check on picking conditions. Directions: Take Route 47 N or S to Route 14. Turn NW. to 2nd stop light. Turn Left onto Kishwaukee Valley Road 4 miles west of Route 14 ( just past the S curve); 3 miles east of Route 23. Click here for a map to our farm. Crops are usually available in June. Call AHEAD for afternoon picking conditions. Payment: Cash, Check.(UPDATED: June 28, 2014) (UPDATED: June 17, 2014)   (UPDATED: July 28, 2013) (UPDATED: June 06, 2012)
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  • Meadowmoor Orchard - apples, picnic area (bring your own food)
    1517 N Rte 47, Woodstock, IL 60033. Phone: 815-687-8208. Email: bill.rolain@gmail.com. Open: August 13 to October 22 on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. Directions: Take rte 47 north from Woodstock. About 1/2 mile north of the McHenry County Center is where Meadomoor Orchard is located (on the left as you drive north). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page. We have Honeycrisp, Ruby Jonathon, Cortland, Sweet Sixteen, Crimson Crisp and many other varieties available to pick. Please check Facebook for absolute latest info. There is no entertainment and no store-just an old fashioned apple orchard that we started trees in 2006.(UPDATED: September 22, 2014) (UPDATED: September 10, 2014) (ADDED: August 04, 2010)
  • More Than Delicious Orchard - Apples, pears, and prepicked produce, restrooms
    9905 W. Thompson Road, Woodstock, IL 60098. Phone: 815-575-9650. Email: morethandeliciousorchard@gmail.com. Open: We will be opening on Saturday, September 13th, 2014. We will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm; We will not be open on Fridays this year; Because of the small crop this year, we do not know how long the season will last; U-pick will be very limited this year, with days or weeks being pre-picked purchasing only; Please check our website or Facebook before coming out to see us.  Directions: The farm is located 2 miles east of Woodstock at the corner of Route 120 and W. Thompson Road. And for a map to our farm, Click here. Crops are usually available in September, October. Open: Saturdays & Sundays, from 10 am to 5 pm, Opening Saturday, September 13th.  Payment: Cash, Check. We have over 80 varieties of apples and pears.  It's been an excellent growing season so far, and the trees are loaded with great looking fruit!  Check our website for weekly updates on ripening.  As always, every week we will have some unusual apple and pear varieties not listed on the schedule.  Please call or stop by to try and apple you have never had. Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: September 12, 2014)  (UPDATED: August 16, 2011)
  • Prairie Sky Orchard - apples, pumpkins, raspberries, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms
    4914 N Union Road, Union, IL 60180. Phone: 815-923-4834. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Crops are usually available in September, October.  Click here for picking updates. Open: Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover.  (UPDATED: August 28, 2010)
    Comments from a visitor on October 02, 2009: "Staff was wonderful and I am sure that my family and I will be going back for years to come. Thanks, Rachel" UPDATED: October 02, 2009)
  • Royal Oak Farm Orchard - apples, blackberries, pumpkins, raspberries, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    15908 Hebron Road, Harvard, IL 60033. Phone: 815-648-4141. Fax: 815-648-4821. Email: service@royaloakfarmorchard.com. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Crops are usually available in August, September, October, November. Open: Monday to Saturday: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm U - Pick closes at 5:00 pm Closed on Sunday. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Raspberries: August 1 to October 15 or first heavy frost Blackberries: September 15 to October 31 or first heavy frost Apples: August 15 to November 15 Pumpkins: September 15 to November 15 or first heavy frost. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. No admission fee Monday to Friday $3.00 Admission fee per car Saturdays, Labor Day and Columbus Day Rides in the Entertainment Area include Royal Oak Express, Royal Oak Carousel and Orchard Tours. Each require a $2.50 token. Free Playground and Petting Zoo. Group Tours and School Tours available by appointment Monday to Friday. (UPDATED: October 07, 2008)
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  • Stade's Farm and Market - beans, raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), strawberries, tomatoes, Other fruit or veg, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked, farm market, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area, inflatables/bounce house, jumping pillow, carnival rides, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    3709 W Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60051. Phone: 815-675-6396. Alternate Phone: 815-847-0625. Email: thefarm@stadesfarmandmarket.com. Open: See website, Facebook and Twitter for most current hours for U - Pick. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Shades of Autumn Weekends Sept 6 to November 2. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. Our main farm market on Miller Road is open from the beginning of May to the end of October; Our farm market on Ringwood Road and McCullom Lake Road opens when the sweet corn is ready; UPick strawberries are available from mid June to mid July; Our fall festival, (UPDATED: July 18, 2014) (UPDATED: June 18, 2009)
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  • Tom's Farm Market - strawberries, farm market
    10214 Algonquin Road, Huntley, IL 60142. Phone: (847) 669-3421. Email: info@tomsfarmmarket.com. Open: call, email or see their website for current hors and availability. Directions: North on Randall Road to Algonquin Road, turn left (west) 3-one half miles. Located on north side of road OR north on Route 47 to Algonquin Road, turn right (east), go 1-one half miles. Located on north side of road. We have U-pick strawberries in June, and during our strawberry season, we bake fresh strawberry pies and have shakes and sundaes made to order. What a treat on those hot days! In July and August, we make great peach cakes from the harvest of wonderful Southern Illinois peaches we receive. Our market is always filled with a delicious aroma that can be smelled right after walking through the door. Our famous pies, cookies, scones and home- made breads are tasty and baked fresh every day. As the season changes, so do our bakery items. For our Fall Fest in September and October, we he have our famous apple cake that is applelicious! November we begin taking orders for our Thanksgiving pies. Call our bakery, to place an order. We are open during the Holiday Season so you can purchase pies and our specialty breads (eggnog teacake, cranberry walnut or our miniature fruit cake).  In the Fall, we have a 5 Acre Corn Maze, Straw Mounds, Petting Zoo, Bunny Village, Goat Walk, Wooden Train/School Bus/Tractor, Spider Web. Also,* Additional tickets required for Pumpkin Barrel Ride * ($2.00), Face Painting * ($3.00), Giant Pumpkin Jumper * ($2.00), Giant Inflatable Train * ($1.00), Pony Rides * ($4.00)(not available 9/29 and 9/30), Tom's Chucker * ($3.00). (ADDED: june 22, 2013, from their website)
  • Woodstock Country Orchard raspberries, apples
    17015 Garden Valley Road,  Woodstock, IL 60098. Phone: (815) 923-4359. Email: bytemecomputing@yahoo.com. See these pages for more information: [Hours] [Map] [Schedule] [Varieties] [Prices]. 12 varieties of the best apples. (UPDATED: July 06, 2009)
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Will County

  • Apples On Oak - apples,
    16146 Oak Avenue, Lockport, IL 60137. Phone: 815-726-0386. Open: August 1st to Mid October or until we run out of apples; Days/Hours: Wednesday: 9:00am to 6:00pm; Saturday: 9:00am to 6:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am to 5:00pm. Directions: 16146 West Oak Avenue(not Oak STREET) Joliet, IL 60432. We are located just west of Interstate 355, between 159th Street and Route 6. Click here for a map and directions. Open August 1st to Mid October or until we run out of apples; Days/Hours: Wednesday: 9:00am to 6:00pm; Saturday: 9:00am to 6:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am to 5:00pm. Payment: Cash, Check. A family owned and operated U-Pick Apple Orchard "Where the people are friendly and the apples are tasty!" Treat yourself to the taste sensation of specialty and traditional apple varieties grown in Peceniak's Orchard. With 90 to 100 different varieties to choose from, there is an apple variety for everyone. It's an apple connoisseur's delight! Two varieties of Asian Pears are also available. Our Goal: To produce the highest quality apples possible, while using a "Low Spray" philosophy for pest control. Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: September 15, 2014)  (ADDED: September 20, 2009)
  • Bengston Pumpkin Farm - U-pick pumpkin farm. 
    13341 West 151 St, Lockport, IL.  Phone: 708-301-3276.   Also haunted barn, hayrides, pig races, pony rides, fun barn, farm animals, custom shop and concession stand. Open: October 10AM - 8PM. Admission charged. Tractor pulled Hayrack ride, pumpkins (of course!), a completely animated Haunted Barn, a giggling animated Fun Barn, the "famous" action-packed Pig Races (running 10x a day on the 1/2 hour),an adorable Petting & Feeding Zoo, The Giant Crazy Corn Maizey & Pony Rides. Enjoy a variety of entertaining animation throughout the barnyard and farm. Sing along with the animated singing chickens at "The Grand Ole' Poultry", The Pumpkin Launcher, the Flying Frogs ride, a Train Ride, "The See-Through Skeleton Band" playing daily, Farm Animals, Straw Tunnel, the Honey Pots T-Cup ride, Pony Rides, the Frog Hopper Ride, "Moulin Rouge Chickens on a Hot Tin Roof. Be sure to see the all new animated "Prairie Dogs" performing live at the Pig Races 10x daily!
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  • Bronkberry Farms - blueberries, apples, pumpkins, farm market, porta-potties, hayrides
    18108 S. Bronk Road, Plainfield, IL 60586. Phone: 815-436-6967. Email: veen77@sbcglobal.net. Open: Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. spring flowers, fresh vegetables, sweetcorn, pumpkins, tractor pulled hayrack rides. we are just starting up this year so please call or visit our website for availability and hours. (ADDED: May 25, 2012)
  • Butterprint Farm - pumpkins, winter squash, gourds and popcorn
    24936 S. 80th. Avenue, Monee, IL 60449. Phone: 708-534-- 8801. Email us at: butterprintfarm@cs.com. Directions: Take I 57 to the Monee Manhattan Exit. Head West for 2.3 miles to 80th. Avenue. Turn right heading north for 7/10 of a mile and a giant pumpkin will greet you! Click here for a map to our farm. We are open October. Our hours are: Saturdays and Sundays 10am till 6 pm in October Pumpkin picking at the Butterprint Farm is designed to give a glimpse of days gone by on the farm. It's a place where the family can get away to a place in the country not to far from Chicago. Our name Butterprint comes from the seed capsule of the Velvet leaf plant once used by the early settlers to make fancy patterns in their butter. Enjoy a three quarters of a mile round trip hayride. Go across the creek to the pumpkin patch to pick 1 of over 15 varieties of pumpkins, also gourds and squash. Our ScareCrow Corn Maze will confuse you. Indian corn, hardy mums, and honey from our farm is also available as well as concessions. There is also old time rope making, Corn Cracking and processing demonstrations. Make a wooden bird feeder the old fashioned way. Visit the Butterprint Prairie and Museum. There is also face painting, Hay and barrel car rides, puppet shows and a petting zoo. Main events include a fiddlers Competition and various live entertainment.
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  • Dunn's Farmstand - asparagus, strawberries, green beans, okra, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplant.
    21302 W. Angle Road, Wilmington, IL 61481 Phone: 815-476-7667. Directions: 2 miles east of Wilmington off Route 102. Follow signs. Open: 9 am – 5 pm, daily. Appointments welcome.
  • Garden Patch Farms & Orchard - Apples, blackberries, cherries, cucumbers, currants (red and black), eggplant, grapes, gooseberries, pears, peaches, peppers, plums, raspberries, summer squash, strawberries, tomatoes
    14154 W. 159th Street, Homer Glen, IL 60491. Phone: 708-301-7720. Email us at: sales@gardenpatchfarms.com. Directions: garden patch is located on 159th St. (Route 7) 1 mile east of Cedar Road and 1 mile west of Parker Road in Homer Glen, Illinois. Click here for a map to our farm. We are open May, June, July, August, September, October. Our hours are: Monday thru Sunday, 8 am to 6 pm specific harvesting dates are provided at our web-site events calendar. garden patch is an ideal facility for hosting group outings with tours to our fruit orchards & flower greenhouses, fall activities include pumpkins, jump castle and straw maze, hayrack rides. Many other fruits and vegetables, unusual included, available at fruit stand.
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  • Jim Gorman's Vegetables - peppers, tomatoes, Other fruit or veg,
    30643 South Route 53, Wilmington, IL 60481. Phone: 815-476-7514. Open: Thursday to Sunday 9 am to 6 pm. Directions: Right off Route 53 and New River Road — a half mile north of Wilmington, IL. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. (UPDATED: May 26, 2010)
  • Rainbow Harvest Hydroponic Greenhouse & Farm - herbs/spices, peppers, tomatoes, other vegetables, Other fruit or veg, Turkeys (organic, not-hormone-fed), Fresh eggs
    P.o.box 428, Channahon, IL 60410. Phone: 815-530-8366. Email: Rainbowcrop.com or Kevin@rainbowcrop.com. Open:year - round by appointment only; Please email or call to schedule an appointment. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: April 03, 2011)
  • Siegel's Cottonwood Farm - corn (sweet), cucumbers, flowers, herbs/spices, melons, onions, peaches, peppers, plums, pumpkins, tomatoes, other vegetables, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, Bouncy castle, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    17250 South Weber Road, Lockport, IL 60441. Phone: 1 815 741 2693. Alternate Phone: 1 800 304 3276. Fax: 1 815 729 2693. Email: Loyalcustomer@cottonwoodfarms.net. Open: September 24th through Halloween/Monday through Sunday, from 10am to 6pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: gps coordinates: latitude 52.075581 longitude 4.541513. Less than an hour anywhere in Chicagoland! Lots of FREE! parking. Located 5 miles south of I-55 on Weber Road (Exit 263) in Crest Hill. Located 5 miles north of Route 80 on Larkin Avenue, Exit 130, go 5 miles north. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. The Siegel’s have been farming this land for over 100 years. Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm is a 4th generation working family farm. Each season there is a different way for you to enjoy visiting our farm and spending time out in the country air. (ADDED: April 17, 2011)
  • Tammen Treeberry Farm - blueberries. 
    37131 Essex Road, Wilmington, IL 60481 (Will County) Phone: 815-458-6264 or 800-892-5989. E-mail: btammen@tammentreeberryfarm.net.  (UPDATED: October 12, 2008)
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  • Tom and Zach's Pumpkin Patch - corn (sweet), pumpkins,
    15725 W Bruce Road, Lockport, IL 60441. Phone: 815-838-6816. Email: tommcnamara07@gmail.com. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Crops are usually available in August, October. Open: Everyday, 8 am to 6 pm. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: October 19, 2008)

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  • The Children's Farm at The Center - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, Wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, pumpkins, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, IL 60464. Phone: 708-361-3650. Fax: 708-361-2811. Email: the.center@mac.com. Open: Farm Market: Weekdays from 3 pm to 5 pm; Weekends (including Columbus Day) from 10 am to 4 pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. All through October we have a pick-your-own pumpkin patch; Weekdays from 3 pm to 5 pm; Weekends (including Columbus Day) from 10 am to 4 pm; On October 23 and 24 we host a Haunted Farm; Tickets are $12; Please call for advance tickets, which are required. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check. (UPDATED: October 05, 2009)
  • Glenview Farmer's Market, c/o Wagner Farm -
    1510 Wagner Road, Glenview, IL  60025. Phone: (847) 657-1506. Email: WFannounce@wagnerfarm.org. Open from June 27th to October 10th, on Saturdays from 8 am to 12 pm. (ADDED: September 09, 2009)
  • Goebbert's Farm & garden Center - Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal, fruits and vegetables (some locally grown), Indoor market, Baked goods, Preserves, jams, jellies,
    40 W Higgins Rd, South Barrington, IL 60010. Phone: 847-428-6727. Fax: 847-428-6850. Email: suem@pumpkinfarms.com. Open: April Monday - Sunday 9am to 6pm May Monday - Friday 9am to 8pm Saturday - Sunday 9am to 6pm June - October Monday - Friday 9am to 7pm Saturday - Sunday 9am to 6pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Located 1 mile west of Barrington Road on Higgins Road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: January 03, 2013)
  • Morton Grove Farmers' Market - Farmers market (multiple stalls or vendors), Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, some produce is certified organically grown, some produce is sustainably grown, some produce is grown using IPM (integrated pest management), Covered outdoor market, Uncovered outdoor market, Fresh local eggs, Baked goods, Preserves, jams, jellies, Crafts, artistic products, etc, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area, face painting, events at your location (call for info)
    6210 Dempster Street, Morton Grove, IL 60053. Phone: 847-750-6436. Email: connect@mgfarmersmarket.com. Open: Saturday mornings from 8 am to 12 pm; The 2012 Season ends on October 20th; See our website to learn more about our Festivals and Special Events, including our indoor Winter Markets on December 1, 2012 and February 2, 2013. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: The Morton Grove Farmers' Market is located between Waukegan Road and the I94/Edens Expressway. Just a few blocks West of Austin Avenue and a few blocks East of Lehigh/ Lincoln/ RR tracks. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page. We hope to accept the EBT SNAP / LINK program starting in 2013. Check our website or facebook page for updates!. We are a family friendly Farmers' Market that strives to be a producer only Market. We offer live entertainment and children's activities in addition to a wide variety of vendors. We are open Saturdays through Oct 20 from 8 am - 12 pm. (ADDED: September 16, 2012)
  • Wolff's Flea Market - Farmer's Market - Farmers market (multiple stalls or vendors), Wide variety of seasonal, fruits and vegetables (some locally grown), some produce is certified organically grown, Covered outdoor market, apples, carrots, melons, onions, oranges, tomatoes, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms
    1775 N. Rand Road, Palatine, IL 60074. Phone: 847-524-9590. Email: wolffsflea@aol.com. Open: Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 4pm June 1 through October 27. Directions: On Rand Road, just 1/2 mile north of Dundee Road in the former Menard's building at Old Hicks Road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page. This new farmers market that will be opening June 1, outdoors in front of Wolff's Flea Market, Palatine. Now accepting reservations for produce and bulk food vendors. First month rent is free. Palatine health department license may be required. Customers will find 300 additional antique, collectible, craft and new merchandise vendors inside the market. (ADDED: March 08, 2013)

Dekalb County

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Kane County

  • Goebbert's Pumpkin Patch - Roadside stand, Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal, fruits and vegetables (some locally grown), Indoor market, Covered outdoor market, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    42w813 Reinking Rd, Hampshire, IL 60140. Phone: 847-4645952. Email: Hollyp@pumpkinfarms.com. Open: Mid July - October 31, 2013 Daily 9am to 6pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: I90 west to Route 47. Exit left to farm. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. (ADDED: January 03, 2013)
  • Wiltse's Farm Produce and Greenhouses - Garden stand on a residence (which is NOT on a farm), Roadside stand, Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, porta-potties, picnic area
    50 W 379 State Route 38, Maple Park, IL 60151. Phone: 815-827-3575. Email: wiltsefarm@aol.com. Open: Seasonally Mid - April through October Weather Permitting Monday - Saturday; 9am to 6pm Sunday; 9am to 5pm. Directions: Directly on State Route 38, Maple Park, Illinois - 1/2 mile East of County Line Road or 6 miles West of State Route 47. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. U-Pick Tomatoes .. all U-pick items are weather permitting. The Wiltse family has been growing and selling quality vegetables for four generations. We start the season out with greenhouse products that consists of all sorts of annuals, vegetables and perennials - hanging baskets and planters, mulch, landscaping materials and services. We start picking Asparagus in the spring and following with our vegetables and finish with a variety of fall items including hardy fall mums, fall squash and our U-pick pumpkin patch. We are truly a family farm!. (ADDED: February 09, 2011)(UPDATED: May 30, 2013)

Lake County

  • Didier Farms - Indoor market, Baked goods, Preserves, jams, jellies, beans, beets, broccoli, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, onions, peaches, peppers, plums, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, Bouncy castle or moon bounce, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    16678 West Aptakisic Road, Prairie View, IL 60069. Phone: 847-634-3291. Alternate Phone: 847-634-3295. Fax: 847-634-3298. Email: didierfarms@didierfarms.com. Open: Farmstand Daily from the middle of July to October 31, 2010 9 am to 7 pm. Directions: Located at the northeast corner of Aptakisic Road and Buffalo Grove Road. Or 2 miles west of Route 21. Click here for a map and directions. Pick your own

LaSalle County

  • Country Pond Gardens - Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, some produce is sustainably grown, Indoor market, school tours
    2190 North 45th Road, Leland, IL 60531. Phone: 815-495-9200. Email: garden.countryponds@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 7 pm; Saturday 9 am to 6 pm; Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm. Directions: Go 2 miles south of the intersection of Route 34 and Route 23 North on E 22nd Road to the Stop Sign at N 45th Road. At the Stop Sign the Farm Gardens will be directly in front of you. Turn right onto N 45th Road and enter the Farm at the first driveway on your left. Payment: Cash, only. We offer our customers CSA and other subscription options and will custom grow produce. Please use our Facebook page to find current lists of produce available and other information as well as sending us messages. (UPDATED: September 21, 2012) (ADDED: July 26, 2012)

McHenry County

  • All Seasons Orchard - Preserves, jams, jellies, apples, pumpkins, Honey from hives on the farm, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, Bouncy castle or moon bounce, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, school tours
    14510 Illinois Route 176, Woodstock, IL 60098. Phone: 815-338-5637. Fax: 815-338-6479. Email: James@allseasonsorchard.com. Open: Late August to early November. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Market updates: Click here for updates. Directions: All Seasons Orchard is a u-pick orchard located in Woodstock, IL on Route 176 West, 2.5 miles west of the intersection of Route 176 West and IL Route 47(IL Route 176 and Timber Lane). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. (ADDED: April 03, 2010)
  • J. Goebbert U-Pick Farm - Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, Uncovered outdoor market, beets, carrots, eggplant, herbs/spices, onions, peppers, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, Other fruit or veg,
    16018 Route 176, Union, IL 60140. Phone: 224-764-8821. Alternate Phone: 224-623-9617. Open: From early July to Mid - October, 7 days a week, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Directions: At Route 176 & Franklinville Road in Union, IL. It is 4 miles west of Route 47, on Route 176. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Specialty Peppers (10 varieties), many varieties of Tomatoes, Cilantro, Potatoes, Turnips. (ADDED: May 22, 2012)
  • Grace Farm Studios - asparagus, raspberries (red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (black), Other fruit or veg, farm animals, events at your location (call for info)
    2719 Franklinville Road, Woodstock, IL 60098. Phone: 815-790-8895. Email: owney@gracefarmstudios.com. Open: Monday through Thursday 8 am to 5 pm, call first on these days; Friday and Saturday 8 am to 5 pm; Closed Sundays. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. asparagus: May 1 pm to June 15 red raspberries: June 15 pm to November 15 yellow, black, and purple raspberries: July 1 pm to September 15. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard. Icelandic wool and woolen goods custom local hardwood and reclaimed barnwood furniture. raspberries, purple. (ADDED: April 25, 2010) (UPDATED: October 03, 2011)
  • Red Barn Farm Market - vegetables and fruit
    3500 Route 47, Woodstock, IL 60098. Phone: 815-338-4343. Open: April-November Weekdays 9-6, Weekends 10-5. Have restroom and picnic area. They take credit cards. They have a corn maze, spooky house, haystack, hay rides & petting zoo for Fall Festival. Spring they sell flowers/gardening supplies. Summer they sell vegetables and fruit. (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: March 03, 2010)
    Comments from a visitor on March 03, 2010: "Its the best one (farm market) in McHenry County"

Will County

  • Glasscock Farms- Wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables,
    198 West Laraway Road, Joliet, IL 60436. Phone: 815-723-3792. Open: July-October 9am-6pm most days at the farm. Farmstand wagons in New Lenox, and several in Joliet.. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only..  (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: August 29, 2012)
    Comments from a visitor on August 29, 2012: "A local favorite that I've frequented all my life. Excellent Sweet Corn, Melons, peppers, beets, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, zuccini, fruits, pumpkins-pie and halloween, decorative gourds and drid maize, honey, home made salsa, and more. Well known for the best illinois sweet corn. They can also advise you on canning and freezing their produce for winter/after season use. Friendly and helpful with great local produce."
  • Jim Gorman's Vegetables - Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables,
    30643 South Route 53, Wilmington, IL 60481. Phone: 815-476-7514. Open: Tuesday to Sunday 9 am to 6 pm. Directions: Right off Route 53 and New River Road — a half mile north of Wilmington, IL. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. (UPDATED: May 26, 2010)
  • Rainbow Harvest Hydroponic Greenhouse & Farm - some produce is certified organically grown, Fresh local eggs, melons, peppers, tomatoes, other vegetables, Other fruit or veg, Turkeys (organic, not-hormone-fed), Fresh eggs
    P.o.box 428, Channahon, IL 60410. Phone: 815-530-8366. Email: Rainbowcrop.com or Kevin@rainbowcrop.com. Open:year - round by appointment only; Please email or call to schedule an appointment. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Specializing in hydroponically grown gourmet lettuces. (ADDED: April 03, 2011)
  • Siegel's Cottonwood Farm - Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area, Bounce house, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    17250 South Weber Road, Lockport, IL 60441. Phone: 815-741-2693. Alternate Phone: 815-741-2698. Email: kaity@siegelsfarm.com. Open: July - August Mon - Fri 10:00am to 6pm Sat 10:00 am to 5:00pm Sun 10:00am to 4:00pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Less than an hour anywhere in Chicagoland! Lots of FREE! parking. Located 5 miles south of I-55 on Weber Road (Exit 263) in Crest Hill. Located 5 miles north of Route 80 on Larkin Avenue, Exit 130, go 5 miles north. gps coordinates: latitude 52.075581 longitude 4.541513. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: August 16, 2012)

Local Honey Sources:

Kane County

  • Blackberry Creek Honey Farm - Honey (retail), Blackberry honey, Clover honey, Wildflower honey, Comb honey, Raw honeys, Strained honey, Ultrafiltered honey, Whipped honey, Beeswax candles, Pollen, Other honey products,
    2 S. 599 Bliss Road, Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Phone: 630-291-7725. Email: beesdance2@gmail.com. Open: Monday through Sunday 8:00am to 9:oopm. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. We give canning classes, soap making and candle making classes. We give lectures and demonstrations to interested groups. I am a member and on the Board of the Cook - Du Page Bee Association in Illinois. We are currently working on our new Web Page. Cherry and apple blossom orchard honey. Honey candy and Honey straws Honey Jams and preserves. (ADDED: July 06, 2012)
  • Thanksgiving Farm, Inc. - Uses natural growing practices, Honey (retail), Wildflower honey, Strained honey, Beeswax candles, Tours, Honey from hives on the farm, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals, school tours
    1221 Lindenwood Avenue, Aurora, IL 60506. Phone: 603-818-7594. Alternate Phone: 630-788-2712. Fax: 630-882-6892. Email: ThanksgivingFarm@live.com. Open: General hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 3 pm; Saturday 9 am to Noon; Please call first to make sure someone will be in the store when you plan to come. Directions: From the intersection of Orchard Road and Jerico Road in Aurora, Illinois: Go East on Jerico Road 5 blocks to Lindenwood Avenue, turn South (right) on Lindenwood and go 5 blocks to our entrance gate Number 1. Then just follow the signs to parking. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check. We also offer camping on the farm for Scout Troops and specialize in educational presentations to school groups. Call for further information. (ADDED: September 10, 2010)

McHenry County

Will County

  • Butterprint Farm - Honey (retail), Honey from hives on the farm, farm market, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    24936 S. 80th Avenue, Monee, IL 60449. Phone: 708-534-8801. Email: butterprintfarm@att.net. Open: Hours of operation: weekends from 10am till 6pm; School group tours weekdays; Times are flexible. Directions: Butterprint Farm is 35 miles south of Chicago off of I57. Take I 57 to the Monee-Manhattan exit. Turn right ,heading West for 3 miles to 80th avenue. Following the signs, turn right going north to the farm on top of the hill!. Click here for a map and directions. Open to the general public on weekends 10am to 6pm in October School group tours available weekdays by registration for October. Payment: Cash, only. There is much to see and do on the Butterprint Farm " winner of a Native Landscaping Award from the U.S.E.P.A. and the Chicago Wilderness Coalition. Live Entertainment on weekends, puppet shows, rubber ducky races, barrel car rides, early farm museum and nature center, and much more!. (ADDED: August 14, 2009)

Meats, Milk and Eggs:

Dekalb County

McHenry County

  • Freedom Organix - Turkey, Beef, Pork, USDA Natural, No hormones used, No antibiotics used, 100% Grass fed (includes finishing), Eggs (organic, free range, vegetarian fed), Eggs (free range), Eggs, Brown eggs, Specialty eggs (see below), Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, No pets please, Turkeys (organic, not-hormone-fed), Fresh eggs
    8406 Maxon Road, Harvard, IL 60033. Phone: 847-910-1160. Email: info@freedomorganix.com. Open: By appointment at the farm or meet us in Barrington or Libertyville for pick - up each month. Directions: North of Route 173, West of Route 14. Click here for a map and directions. Sugar Snap Peas - Available Spring 2012 --- Call first for availability Estimated dates: May 20, 2012 until June 15, 2012. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: September 05, 2011)
  • Zarnstorff - eggs
    10880 Zarnstorff Road  Richmond, IL. Open: 24 hours 7 days a week.  Directions: Call for directions. Click here for a map.  Payment: Cash, only. (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: September 20, 2013)
    A visitor writes on September 20, 2013: "Eggs are in friges. They have home made Jellies, stewing chickens usually in the fall. On Zarnstorff Road which starts and runs east between Oriole springs and Harvest time, is the Zanstorf Farm, where you can purchase fresh eggs. they have home made Jellies, stewing chickens, corn, usually in the fall. small fresh egg sign on mail box which is accross the street from thier driveway."

Will County

  • Rainbow Harvest Hydroponic Greenhouse & Farm - Chicken (free range), Turkey, Beef, USDA Natural, No hormones used, No antibiotics used, 100% Grass fed (includes finishing), Eggs (organic, free range, vegetarian fed), Brown eggs, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, Turkeys (organic, not-hormone-fed), Fresh eggs
    P.o.box 428, Channahon, IL 60410. Phone: 815-530-8366. Email: Rainbowcrop.com or Kevin@rainbowcrop.com. Open:year - round by appointment only; Please email or call to schedule an appointment. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. By appointment only, please. (ADDED: April 03, 2011)

Horse Rides and More:

Cook County

  • Forest view farms - Boarding stables, Overnight stables, Horse trails (guided), Riding academies, schools, Horses rented (guided trails), Horse leasing, Horse riding lessons, equipment & instruction, Western riding equipment & instruction, English riding equipment & instruction, Dressage lessons, Jumping lessons and ring, snacks, refreshments and/or concessions, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, School tours, children welcome, picnic area, picnic area (bring your own food), pony rides, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    16717 S Lockwood Ave, Tinley Park, IL 60477. Phone: 708-560-0306. Email: Forestviewfarms@aol.com. Open: 7 days 9 am to dusk. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Horse drawn Sleigh rides Enjoy an old fashioned ride on a real horse drawn sleigh, 2 to 4 passenger Sleigh $50.00 8 to 12 passenger sleigh $10 per person Campfires available $25.00 for 1 hours Reservations required. Sleighs need 6 inches of snow, sleighs can be run on wheels if conditions demand. We offer a heated barn and a heated indoor arena along with two outdoor arenas and several turnouts. The farm is contiguous to the Cook County Forest Preserve that provides our boarders and trail-riders with direct access to miles of forest preserve trails. We offer boarding, lessons, summer camp, trail rides, pony rides, hayrides, horse-drawn vehicles, group events, birthday parties, petting zoo and our famous fall festival and haunted hay ride. Trail Rides and Pony Rides 9:00 AM to Dusk Standard Ride / 1 hour, First come - First serve (UPDATED: January 01, 2014) (UPDATED: October 28, 2013, from their website) (UPDATED: September 07, 2010) (ADDED: January 25, 2010)

Kendall County

McHenry County

  • Countryside Christmas - snacks, refreshments and/or concessions, Beautiful rural setting, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, children welcome, No pets please, No smoking allowed, Horse-drawn sleigh rides (weather permitting), concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, petting zoo, farm animals
    10009 Lilja Rd, Harvard, IL 60033. Phone: 815-401-9022. Email: contact@countrysidechristmas.com. Open: Friday and Saturday December 10 and 11 10am to 6pm, Friday and Saturday December 17 and 18 10am to 6pm, Monday thru Wednesday December 20 thru 22 12pm to 6pm, Monday thru Wednesday December 27 thru 29 12pm to 6pm, Closed Sundays. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: 6 Miles North of Harvard, IL Follow US Route 14 past Harvard towards Wisconsin Left at Yates Road - follow 2 miles to T Left at Lilja Road - follow for 1/2 mile Follow the signs to destination at 10009 Lilja Rd, Harvard, IL. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Horse drawn sleigh rides, Live Nativity with animals, Sledding hill for younger children, Gourmet fresh baked goods, coffee, and hot chocolate. (ADDED: December 01, 2010)
  • GoSleigh.com Countryside Christmas - Horse-drawn sleigh rides (weather permitting), snacks, refreshments and/or concessions, Beautiful rural setting, skiing nearby, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, School tours, children welcome, No pets please, No smoking allowed,
    10009 Lilja Road, Harvard, IL 60033. Phone: 815-600-8066. Email: contact@gosleigh.com. Open: Call for reservations; Open for sleigh rides throughout the winter season; Visit GoSleigh;com for latest hours and sleigh ride availability. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: We're approximately 35 minutes east of Rockford, or 1 hour northwest of O'Hare airport. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. Join GoSleigh.com Countryside Christmas for a day of snow packed fun! Affordable luxury sleigh rides and more! Visit GoSleigh.com for details!. (UPDATED: November 23, 2011)

Farm Venues for Events, Activities, Parties and Meetings:

Cook County

  • Forest View Farms - Birthday parties, Corporate events, Filming or photo shoots, School and educational groups, Daycare and preschool groups, Other Private Parties, Catering available, You may bring your own food, Some Tables and chairs are provided, Bring your own linens and table silverware, BYO alcohol, sheep, goats, horses, pigs, llamas/alpacas, Horse riding at the farm, Free Onsite Lot parking lot, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, children welcome, picnic area, picnic area (bring your own food), pony rides, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    16717 S Lockwood Ave, Tinley Park, IL 60477. Phone: 708-560-0306. Email: Forestviewfarms@aol.com. Open: 7 days 9 am to dusk. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. (UPDATED: January 01, 2014) (UPDATED: September 07, 2010) (ADDED: January 25, 2010)

Henry County

  • Teresa's Tasty Produce - Birthday parties, School and educational groups, Daycare and preschool groups, Other Private Parties, Kitchen facilities available, Catering available, You may bring your own food, Tables and chairs are Provided, B&B nearby, Hotel nearby, Motel nearby, Vegetables, or bush fruit, Corn maze, Pumpkin patch, goats, Beautiful rural setting, Phone available, Free Onsite Lot parking lot, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, children welcome, No pets please, No smoking allowed, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, petting zoo, birthday parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    12420 County Highway 5, Atkinson, IL 61235. Phone: 309 936-7792. Alternate Phone: 309 945-7865. Fax: 309 936-7399. Email: ttp@geneseo.net. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. (ADDED: March 21, 2011)

Kendall County

  • Andersons FUN-E Farm - Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception, Business outings, Corporate events, School and educational groups, Daycare and preschool groups, Other Private Parties, Kitchen facilities available, Catering available, Some Tables and chairs are provided, Bring your own linens and table silverware, BYO alcohol, Servers Must Be Licensed for alcohol, Vegetables, or bush fruit, Pumpkin patch, sheep, goats, horses, chickens, pigs, llamas/alpacas, other animals, CD Player, Computer, Computer Projector, Microphone, Sound System, Projection Screen provided, Free Onsite Lot parking lot, Valet parking can be arranged, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, children welcome,
    508 Il 126, Plainfield, IL 60453. Phone: 888-352-5837. Email: andersonsfunefarm@yahoo.com. Open: year round just call for reservations. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: July 22, 2013)

Lake County

  • Didier Farms - Birthday parties, Business outings, School and educational groups, Restaurant onsite, Some Tables and chairs are provided, Hotel nearby, Vegetables, or bush fruit, Corn maze, Pumpkin patch, dairy cows, goats, chickens, pigs, other animals, Free Onsite Lot parking lot, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, children welcome, No pets please, Smoking allowed in designated areas, handicap accessible, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, Bouncy castle or moon bounce, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    16678 West Aptakisic Road, Prairie View, IL 60069. Phone: 847-634-3291. Alternate Phone: 847-634-3295. Fax: 847-634-3298. Email: didierfarms@didierfarms.com. Open: Pumpkinfest September 24 to October, daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Directions: Located at the northeast corner of Aptakisic Road and Buffalo Grove Road. Or 2 miles west of Route 21. Click here for a map and directions. Pick your own begins the beginning or middle of August and runs (weather permitting) until frost;. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. pony rides,farm animal zoo,petting zoo,antique tractor display,educational farming display,kiddie rides,homemade apple cider and pumpkin donuts made daily.Apple cider,mums and fall produce.Special events on weekends.School groups weekdays only.Didier Farms Pumpkinfest begins September 25, 2010-October 31, 2010. (UPDATED: July 21, 2011)

McHenry County

  • All Seasons Orchard - Lighting, Cooking Facilities, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception, Wedding Rehearsal Dinner, Corporate events, School and educational groups, Kitchen facilities available, Restaurant onsite, Hotel nearby, Motel nearby, Apple Orchard, sheep, goats, chickens, pigs, llamas/alpacas, other animals, Beautiful rural setting, golf nearby, Computer Projector, Internet (Wireless), Free Onsite Lot parking lot, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, Bride and groom dressing areas available, children welcome, No pets please, Smoking allowed in designated areas, Honey from hives on the farm, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, Bouncy castle or moon bounce, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, school tours
    14510 Illinois Route 176, Woodstock, IL 60098. Phone: 815-338-5637. Fax: 815-338-6479. Email: James@allseasonsorchard.com. Open: Late August to early November. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Venue updates: Click here for updates. Directions: All Seasons Orchard is a u-pick orchard located in Woodstock, IL on Route 176 West, 2.5 miles west of the intersection of Route 176 West and IL Route 47(IL Route 176 and Timber Lane). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. (ADDED: April 03, 2010)

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