Best Apple Picking near Chicago - Farms and Orchards
September is nearly here, and even though many activities and events are unavailable due to COVID, you can still visit your favorite orchards for apple picking! 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.
Some regular attractions may be modified to meet safety standards. Be prepared to follow rules, including social distancing and wearing masks when required.
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 to verify 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
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. Some fees may apply.
Hours: Open August 29 - November 1. Monday - Friday 10am-5pm and weekends 10am-6pm. Farm Market Curbside Pickup hours Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm and Weekends 10am - 5pm.
5006 S. Sylvania Ave., Sturtevant WI
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. The indoor Restaurant’s Main Dining Room, Bakery, Gift Shop, and Farm Park remain closed at this time. The Orchard Market and Cider & Bakery Barn are open.
Hours: Apple picking Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm with last bags sold at 3pm; Weekends 9am - 5pm with last bags sold at 4pm. Opens August 28th. See web site for hours.
County Line Orchard
200 S. County Line Road, Hobart IN
County Line Orchard is in Indiana just one hour from the loop, with over 30 varieties. Tractors take guests on a scenic country ride through the fields, and other fun includes a corn maze and a kids farm with plenty of farm animals. Other farm activities include a MooChoo ride, mini maze and more - check to see which activities are available vs. weekends only. Pick your own apples, or find pre-picked apples in the barn.
Hours: September 3 - November 1. Daily 8am - 6pm. Weekends 9am - 6pm.
11802 Charles Rd., Woodstock
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: See web site for hours.
19412 Shabbona Road, Malta IL
Jonamac Orchard is a three generational family farm owned and operated by the McArtor Family since 1984. The apple orchard is part of the 105 acre farm in Northern Illinois, with over 20,000 apple trees. 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: Open August 19 - November 25, 9am - 5pm. Corn maze hours Fri 9am - 5:30pm; Saturday 9am - 9:30pm, Sunday 9am - 5:30pm.
Kuipers Family Farm
1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park IL
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: Monday - Saturday 9am - 6pm; Sunday 10am - 6pm. Pumpkin Farm and Fall Attractions open September 19.
Prairie Sky Orchard
4914 N. Union Rd., Union IL
This orchard focuses on apples picking, with no admission charge and no rides or concessions. Pick your apples, then head to the store and pick up some apple cider donuts, raw local honey, jams, salsas, butters, fruit pies, cider and more.
Hours: Opens September 12, hours are 10am - 5pm.
Royal Oak Farm Orchard
15908 Hebron Rd.,Harvard IL
This u-pick apple orchard, located in Northern Illinois near the Wisconsin state line, offers family fun and entertainment in a beautiful 120 acre setting from mid-August through mid-November. Featuring over 17,000 apple trees, plus pumpkins, giant pumpkins, gourds and winter squash. Visit And we have the country's first apple tree maze, Amaze 'N Apples, and wander through 1.5 miles of trails with 9 varieties of apples. Entertainment includes a Train, Carousel, Hay Ride and Orchard Tour rides, tokens required. Please check for operating hours of all rides.
Hours: Through November 1. Monday - Thursday 10am - 5pm; Friday - Sunday 10am - 6pm.
Honey Hill Orchard
11783 Waterman Rd., Waterman
Honey Hill Orchard is a family-owned and operated orchard with 2,100 apple trees, with an additional 500 trees at a second farm location. What started out as a simple farm stand has grown to include pick your own apples, raspberries and pumpkins, a bakery, the Apple Barn Country Store and family activities. Kids will also enjoy meeting the barnyard animals such as horses, goats, pigs, rabbits, chickens and turkeys, and they can have fun in the straw maze and climbing the straw pyramid.
Hours: Opens September 5. See web site for hours.
1050 Crest Road, Green Oaks
If you're looking for pure apple picking fun without the distraction of attractions, this orchard is just what you need. Located just next to Libertyville, this no-frills spot offers free parking and no admission fees.
Hours: Opens mid-September. See web site for hours.