Top 10 Best Apple Picking Near Chicago

Posted: August 31, 2023

Top 10 Best Apple Picking 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.

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: Aug 26 – Oct 29. Mon-Fri: 10am – 5pm. Sat, Sun, Columbus Day: 10am – 6pm.

Apple Holler
5006 S. Sylvania Ave., Sturtevant WI
(262) 884-7100
Using your farm map, follow the old farm roads and orchard pathways as you search for the perfect apples, peaches, and pears to suit your tastes. Visitors will enjoy four seasons of family fun on our 78-acre farm. With tractor drawn hayrides, Farm Park fun, crazy corn maze, farm animal visits and more.
Hours: Apple picking daily 9am - 5pm through October, 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: August 30 - late October. Big Barn open 8am - 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: September 7th - -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 (must buy one bag of apples.)
Hours: Opens September 15, open dates will fluctuate; check web site. 10am-4pm.

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: Opens August 23. See web site for hours as they vary by activity.

Lang's Orchard
17411 Secor Rd., Woodstock
(815) 568-7547
This old-fashioned orchard focuses on apple picking and nothing more. With no parking or admission fees, you'll only pay for the apples that you take home. Check web site for seasonal open dates.
Hours: Open Sat and Sun from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and closed on weekdays. Closed on weekdays.

Kuipers Family Farm Orchard
1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park
(815) 827-5200
Select from over 20 varieties of apples during the harvest season. Apples are available by the bag fresh from the orchard, or you can pick your own. Admission includes 1/4 peck of apples, and is $10.99 per person online or $12.99 at the gate. Children 2 and under free (no bag of apples included) The Pumpkin Farm fun begins on September 17, where kids can meet the farm animals, jump for joy on our Jumping Pillow, climb Tractor Tire Mountain, find your way thru The MAiZE, and spend hours taking in the fresh country air.
Hours: Opens August 26.

Royal Oak Farm Orchard
15908 Hebron Rd., Harvard IL
(815) 648-4141
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. Entertainment includes a Train, Carousel, Hay Ride and Orchard Tour rides, tokens required. Please check for operating hours of all rides.
Hours: August 19th through October 31st. Monday through Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday through Sunday 10am-6pm

Stade's Farm and Market
3709 Miller Road, McHenry IL
(815) 648-4141
Stade’s Farm and Market offers apple picking as well as u-pick vegetables and fruits, plus a hands-on petting zoo experience. Visitors can learn about agriculture and farming in field trip sessions and shop in the farm market and farm stands for local and regional produce as well as unique country gifts. A $10 minimum apple purchase per person is required to enter the apple orchard (ages two years and under are free).
Hours: August 20 - October 30. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closes sometimes so always check their Facebook page first.