Best Apple Picking and Orchards Near Chicago

Posted: September 19, 2021

Chicago Apple Picking - Farms and Orchards near Chicago

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
(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. Some fees may apply.
Hours: Open August 28 - October 31. Weekdays 10am-5pm; Weekends, Labor Day, Columbus Day 10am-6pm.

Apple Holler
5006 S. Sylvania Ave., Sturtevant WI
(262) 884-7100
Get a breath of fresh, country air while reconnecting with family and friends in the wide-open spaces at Apple Holler. On our 78-acre family farm, it is easy to safely social distance while having bushels of fun. Besides picking peaches, pears, and apples, guests can also stroll the picturesque rolling hills of our orchards and explore a breathtaking forest of 150-year-old oak trees, which is home to wildlife like deer, birds, and much more.
Hours: Apple picking daily 9am - 5pm, last admission at 4pm.

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, 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 1 - October 31. Big Barn open 8am - 6pm daily, Attractions open 9am - 6pm daily.

Honey Hill Orchard
11783 Waterman Rd., Waterman
(815) 827-5200
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 10 - October 31. 9am - 5:30.

Heinz Orchard
1050 Crest Road, Green Oaks
(847) 770-3449
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.

Jonamac Orchard
19412 Shabbona Road, Malta IL
(815) 825-2158
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. At the Farm Park, try the Corn Maze, Little Red Haybarn, Giant Slide, Corn Palace Corn Box, Straw Mountain, and visit the Goats at the Golden Goat Bridge, PLUS Pony Rides for kids and Peddle Cart Rides on the weekends
Hours: Open August 28 for apple picking, pumpkin patch opens mid-September. 9am - 5:30pm, last entry at 5pm.

Royal Oak Farm Orchard
15908 Hebron Rd.,Harvard IL
(815) 827-5200
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: August 21 - October 31. Monday - Thursday 10am - 5pm; Friday - Sunday 10am - 6pm.