Chicago apple orchards: fall 2021 guide

ILLINOIS – Summer officially ends on September 22, but all is not sad. As the trees begin to change color and the weather begins to cooler, fall activities will once again take place in Illinois. This year’s apple-picking season will return over the next couple of months, and orchards in the area are already gearing up for picking.

Patch made a list of orchards in the Chicago area. While some only offer apple picking, others also offer other kid-friendly activities, including corn mazes and animal barns.

Remember: under Governor JB Pritzker’s tenure, masks are mandatory indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Check with each farm to find out what to expect before your visit.

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McHenry County

All season apple orchard

  • Address: 14510 IL-176 at Woodstock
  • Season dates: August 28 to Halloween
  • Details: In addition to an apple orchard, All Seasons also has a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, a farmyard and a petting zoo. On weekends, they also offer pony rides, shows and an apple cannon. The pumpkin patch and pumpkin picking begins in late September, according to its website.
  • Hours of Operation: Weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekends, as well as Labor Day and Columbus Day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last entry to Apple Orchard and Corn Maze is 60 minutes before closing.
  • Cost: parking is free. Tickets are not required for the farmers market, country kitchen, or concession stand. Apple picking costs $ 11 per person and an additional $ 4 per person for Honeycrisp apples in season. The price includes 1/4 of a bag of apples to peck and a cart ride. More details on the prices can be found here.
  • Telephone: 815-338-5637

More via the All Season website

Prairie Sky Orchard

  • Address: 4914 N. Union Road in Union
  • Season dates: started September 12
  • Details: U-Pick apples are available Saturdays and Sundays only. Bags of Picked Apples – currently including Gala, Jonamac, McIntosh, and Honeycrisp – are available in store, along with apple cider pies and donuts.
  • Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
  • Cost: Free parking and entry. Minimum U-Pick is limited to one bag for four people. A 1 point bag costs $ 29. Pre-picked apples cost $ 2.80 / lb, with the exception of Honeycrisp, which costs $ 3.20 / lb.
  • Telephone: 815-923-4834

More information via the orchard website.

Royal Oak Farm Orchard

  • Address: 15908 Hebron Road in Harvard
  • Season dates: August 21 to Halloween
  • Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday to Sunday.
  • Details: In addition to apple picking, Royal Oak Farm also offers a pumpkin patch, orchard tour, farm carousel, and apple maze.
  • Cost: Admission to apple picking costs $ 10 per person and includes access to the orchard and pollination garden, plus a 1/4 sack of pickle to fill with apples. Check out the full price list on the website.
  • Telephone: 815-648-4141

More information via the Royal Oak Farm website.

Note: Lang’s Orchard in Woodstock indicates that it will be closed for the 2021 season. Woodstock County Orchard will also be closed for 2021.

Lake County

Heinz Orchard

  • Address: 1050 Crest Road, Green Oaks
  • Start of season: September 17
  • Hours of Operation: Days and hours of operation will be updated on the orchard website each week.
  • Details: There is a small harvest this year as many trees have not flowered and the fruits are smaller due to a drought, according to the website. Due to COVID-19 protocols, every group needs a picking stick, there will be no restrooms, and no picnics or gatherings. A calendar of available apples can also be viewed online.
  • Cost: A 1/2 peck bag costs $ 10 and a 1 peck bag costs $ 20.
  • Telephone: 847-770-3449

More information via the Heinz Orchard website.

Kane County

Goebbert pumpkin patch and Pingree Grove apple orchard

  • Address: 42W813 Reinking Road in Pingree Grove
  • Season dates: August 27 to Halloween
  • Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
  • Details: In addition to apple picking, Goebbert’s also has a pumpkin patch. On weekends, entry to a magic show is included in tickets, and pony and camel rides, as well as the shooting range attraction, are available for an additional fee. A farm cafe also offers baked goods, meals and apple cider donuts. An additional list of activities included in the admission fee is available on the Goebbert website.
  • Cost: General admission is $ 17 weekdays and $ 20 weekends and Columbus Day. Admission is free for children 2 and under. Online tickets are required prior to the tour and can be purchased here.
  • Telephone: 847-464-5952

More via the Goebbert site.

Kendall County

Keller’s Farmstand in Oswego

  • Address: 2500 Johnson Road in Oswego
  • Season dates: mid-July to end of October
  • Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Sunday. For holiday hours, guests should call ahead. The last entry to the orchard will be 30 minutes before closing.
  • Details: In addition to apple picking, for which a list of seasonal apples can be found here, the Oswego farm stand also features a pumpkin patch, corn maze, and fall festivities that take place on Saturdays and Sundays. All persons aged 3 and over are requested to wear masks inside the farm stand or in the animal barn.
  • Cost: $ 8.00 / person for 1/4 of a spout; $ 16.00 / person for 1/2 satchel; $ 32.00 / person for 1 bag. Additional prices for the festivities can be found here.
  • Phone: 630-219-8194

More information on the Keller’s Farmstand website.

DeKalb County

Kuipers family farm

  • Address: 1N318, Watson Road, Maple Park
  • Opening hours: Orchard open August 28
  • Details: In addition to an apple orchard, Kuipers also has a pumpkin farm open on September 1, which features a tractor train, pig races, and a corn maze, among other activities.
  • Apples and Pumpkins: Pumpkins available September 21; Honey Crisp apples available until they last from September 14, Jonathan apples on September 15.
  • Entrance: The price of the orchard is $ 12.99 per person, which includes a quarter of a bag of apples to peck. Entrance to the pumpkin farm varies according to age and day of visit; prices can be found here.
  • Telephone: 815-827-5200

More details via Kupiers Family Farm.

Will County

Apples on Oak

  • Address: 16146 W. Oak Ave. at Lockport
  • Hours of Operation: U-Pik will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Guests must register online and choose a time slot in advance.
  • Cost: $ 10 for a 1/2 beak bag, required for anyone 12 years of age and over entering the orchard.
  • Phone: 815-919-3258

More information via the Apples on Oak website.

Indiana Orchards

County orchard

  • Address: 200 S. County Line Road, Hobart, Indiana
  • Season dates: Open September 1
  • Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
  • Details: Besides apple picking, attractions include a corn and soy maze, a Moo-Choo promenade, a yurt house, and a children’s farm. U-Pick apples include Gala, Snow Sweet, McIntosh, Jonathon, Jonagold, and Honeycrisp Limited apples, while prepackaged apples include Honeycrisp, Gala, Zestar, Ginger Gold, and McIntosh apples.
  • Cost: General admission, which includes a tractor ride and a picking bag, is $ 2. Paying for what you pick costs $ 1.79 / lb for apples and 40 cents / lb for pumpkins. More details on the prices can be found here.
  • Telephone: 219-947-4477

More information via the County Line Orchard website.

Wisconsin orchards

Apple Barn orchard and vineyard

  • Address: W6384 Sugar Creek Rd., Elkhorn, Wisconsin
  • Season Dates: U-pick apples begins September 18.
  • Hours of Operation: Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Apple picking will only be available on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Details: A list of available apples and when they will be ready for picking can be found here. Various wines are available at the Apple Barn Winery and wine tasting is free.
  • Cost: The price of apple picking is per spout bag. Details were not announced at the time of publication. Check the orchard’s website for up-to-date information.
  • Telephone: 262-728-3266

More information via Apple Barn Orchard and Winery.

Apple Holler

  • Address: 5006 S Sylvania Ave., Sturtevant, Wisconsin
  • Start of season: Currently in service.
  • Hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
  • Details: Apple picking is open and currently Honeycrisp, Gala, McIntosh, Blondee, Snow Sweet, Gingergold and Sansa apples are ripe for picking. The farm also offers a corn maze, hay barn, giant slide, straw mountain and goat tour. Children can also take pony rides on the farm.
  • Cost: Prices for the apple orchard start at $ 20 per person for a quarter spout bag. Prices for different sizes can be found here.
  • Telephone: 262-884-7100

More via the Apple Holler website.

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