2017 Apple Picking Hot Spots

Posted: August 30, 2017

Chicago Apple Picking - Farms and Orchards near Chicago

September is nearly here, schools are getting back in session, and the apples are getting ripe! It's time to break out those family favorite apple recipes, and go pick some fresh apples. There are a number of great local orchards and u-pick locations, and here are our picks for some of the best apple picking near Chicago. Admission and prices for U-Pick and attractions vary widely at most locations based on the type of entry and activities you're looking for. Visit the web sites for season opening dates, admission and ticket information, and to check on supply.

Here are some of our picks for your picking - and you can see a more complete list by visiting our Farms and Orchards page.

All Seasons Apple Orchard-Pumpkin Patch
14510 Illinois 176, Woodstock IL
(815) 338-5637
Take a wagon ride to our apple orchard to go apple picking among 15,000 apple and pear trees. There's also a 10-acre pumpkin patch that opens in late September where you can pick from a variety of pumpkins and gourds. Fall family-friendly activities include a corn maze, petting zoo, pumpkin patch and more, with Pony rides, lives shows and apple cannon available on weekends.
Hours: Open weekdays 10 am - 5 pm; weekends and Labor Day and Columbus Day 10am - 6pm. open Daily September 2 to October 29.

Apple Holler
5006 S. Sylvania Ave., Sturtevant WI
(262) 884-7100
Just north of the Illinois border, Apple Holler is a 74 acre orchard that also offers pear, pumpkins, and other fruits. Kids can pick apples straight from the trees. Fall fun also includes pony rides, barnyard animals, tractor pulled wagon rides, a crazy corn maze, pedal carts, a Golden Goat Bridge, cool cow maze, gemstone mining and more.
Hours: Farm Park and Orchard open daily through October. Monday - Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm.

County Line Orchard
200 S. County Line Road, Hobart IN
(219) 947-4477
County Line Orchard is in Indiana just one hour from the loop, and offers apple picking fun, a corn maze and a kids farm with plenty of farm animals. Other farm activities include a MooChoo ride, mini maze, pumpkin eating dino, toddler play area, and Chickvill where baby chicks hatch daily. Pick your own apples, or find pre-picked apples in the barn. Orchard season starts August 31, the Corn Maze is open September 3-October 30.
Hours: Opens August 30. Orchard Store open 8:00 am - 6:00 pm daily. U-Pick 9am - 5pm; Kids Farm 9am - 6pm. See web site for attraction hours.

Homestead Orchard
11802 Charles Rd., Woodstock
(815) 338-7443
Homestead Orchard is a quiet place in the country to pick 23 varieties of apples, pie cherries and pears. The 1880s horse barn is now a store, offering hand crafted items, glassware, fresh honey from the orchard's own bee hives, and candles. And a special room honors WWII veterans with memorabilia.
Hours: Orchard Store open Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 4:00, and Sundays during the apple harvest 12:00- 5:00.

Jonamac Orchard
19412 Shabbona Road, Malta IL
(815) 825-2158
Pick-your-own apples from over 40 varieties during the season. 7,000 trees, and starting in late September you can catch a weekend hayride to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Other fun includes a Jumping Pillow, petting zoo, corn maze, Barn Yard activity area, peddle tractors, sand pile, corn bin, play barn, mazes, tube slide, jumping pillow, apple train, Apple Cannon and more.
Hours: Apple Picking 9am - 5pm daily starting August 16. Corn Maze and barnyard activities open Sept 2 - Oct 29. See web site for attraction and store hours.

Kuipers Family Farm
1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park IL
(815) 827-5200
Freshly harvested apples available for purchase, and pick your own on the weekends. Call first to check on supply. Delicious fare includes apple cider donuts, pies, fudge and fresh pressed apple cider. Start your fun with an old-fashioned hayride to the grove where you can select from over 20 varieties of apples during the harvest season. Have more fun at the Pumpkin Farm with farm animals, a Jumping Pillow, Tractor Tire Mountain, MAiZE.
Hours: Open August 19, Pumpkin Farm opens September 16. Pick your own apples Saturdays and Sundays only through October or while supplies last.

See our full list of farms and orchards!