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The 6 best apple picking spots near Chicago

Take the kids to the Chicago suburbs and exurbs for apple picking and hay rides in beautiful orchards

Apple picking is one of the best ways to greet fall.

Don't weep too hard at the passing of summer—focus on all of the fun fall brings. Such as apple picking in a picturesque orchard out in the country and drinking crisp cider and going on hay rides. And, yes, you can do all that within a short drive of Chicago. Now you just need to figure out what to do with the giant peck of apples you lug home.

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All Seasons Apple Orchard

Visitors are greeted by chickens, billy goats and llamas at the free petting zoo. Head to the vast orchards for picking (one of the few places you can pick Honeycrisp apples!), enjoy the variety of barnyard activities from the cow train to the giant jumping pillow, and indulge in the new dessert bar with taffy apples and made-to-order desserts.

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Northwest Suburbs

Apple Holler

There is certainly no shortage of what you can do at this orchard. The dwarf trees in the U-pick area require no ladders for picking. After you gather your apples, check out the restaurant, a theater for musical productions, mazes and puppet shows.

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Wisconsin

County Line Orchard

Forty acres of U-pick apples await you at this Northwest Indiana orchard. But there is so much more to do. Visit the petting zoo or run through the corn maze. There are plenty of sweet treats to buy in the bakery, including fresh baked doughnuts or take it outside to the campfire to make your own hot dogs or s'mores. Weekends host local artists for a barnyard jam.

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Northwest Indiana

Jonamac Apple Orchard

Apple cider, fresh doughnuts and 35 varieities of apples are what you'll find at Jonamac. Little ones will love the variety of activities, from duck races to apple cannons and even a petting zoo.

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West Suburbs

Kuipers Family Farm

Take a hayride to the orchard, where visitors fill bushel baskets with more than 20 varieties of apples, including McIntosh, Jonathan and Granny Smith. The return trip drops you at the general store stocked with pies, caramel apples and cider doughnuts.

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West Suburbs

Royal Oak Farm

Royal Oak has more than 12,000 trees and 26 varieties of apples, plus late-summer raspberries. The orchard provides containers for pick-your-own types, and the store features doughnuts, caramel apples, pies and a Royal Oak specialty: apple-cider slushees.

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Northwest Suburbs

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