Where to chop down your own Christmas tree
Whether you're looking to chop down your own fir, spruce or pine for Christmas, you can travel to these tree farms to find the perfect specimen.
While you can find a precut Christmas tree in just about any supermarket parking lot, nothing says Christmas more than heading outside the city to cut down your own tree. It's fresher, you can be pickier, it smells great and it gives you an excuse to leave the city. Here's a round-up of where you can chop down a tree this holiday.
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Ben's Christmas Tree Farm With a selection of pines, spruces and firs, you can use the farm's twine and saws, enjoy a wagon ride into the field, and cut down your perfect tree. The staff will then assist you in wrapping and attaching the tree to your car's roof. $6–$8.75 per foot. Cash or checks only. 7719 Ryan Rd, Harvard, IL (630-279-0216). Nov 29–Dec 22 (Fri–Sun), 9am–4:30pm.
Bengston's Christmas Trees Choose from ten varieties of firs, pines or spruces and enjoy a hot chocolate with fresh mini doughnuts by the fire while your tree is shaken and wrapped for its safe travel home. $7–$10 per foot. 10919 W Wilmington Rd, Peotone, IL (708-258-9610). Nov 29–Dec 22, every day from 9am–4:30pm.
Honeybee Acres Choose your tree, enjoy breakfast in the "Reindeer Cafe," and take a photo in Santa's sleigh at this family-run tree farm. You can also sip on one of its 13 hot cocoa flavors. With only nine available days and super affordable prices, we suggest you get there quickly. Pines $29, firs/spruces $49. 41W072 Bowes Rd, Plato Center, IL (847-464-9627). Nov 29, Nov 30; Dec 1; Dec 6–Dec 8; Dec 13–15. 8:30am–4:30pm.
Ide Christmas Tree Farm With more than 35 acres and 45,000 trees to choose from, you can be sure to find the perfect spruce or pine for your living room. All trees $65, no credit cards. 1500 83rd St, Downers Grove, IL (630-743-4032). Nov 29–Dec 22. Mon–Fri, 10am–4pm. Sat–Sun, 8:30am–4pm.
Lee's Trees Choose from pines, firs or spruces at this small choose-and-harvest tree farm. Those who come to Lily Lake can enjoy free hot chocolate, popcorn and homemade hookies. Average tree $65. 45 Lees Rd, Maple Park, IL (630-365-2116). Nov 29–Dec 22. Fri, 1–5pm. Sat, Sun, 9am–5pm.
Oney's Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride into the 60 acres of more than nine varieties of spruce, pine and fir trees. Guests will then return to the festival area to see Mrs. Claus and can enjoy lunch in the barn or just inhale some hot cocoa and cinammon rolls. Price based upon size. 16609 Rt. 14, Woodstock, IL (815-338-4108). Nov 29–Dec 15. 9am–4pm.
Puckerville Farms Just a short 40-minute drive outside of the city, this farm offers pre-cut Frasier firs ranging from four to 12 feet. Prices based upon size. 13332 Bell Rd, Lemont, IL (708-508-0906). Nov 29–Dec 24. 10am–7pm.
Richardson Farm Nosh on fudge after all your hard work cutting down your spruce, fir or pine tree while it's shaken and baled for your trip home. Guests will also enjoy hot chocolate and coffee and a heated sales barn. $29–$59. 9405 Richardson Rd, Spring Grove, IL (815-675-9729). Nov 29–Dec 23. 9am–6pm.
Tamentreeberry Farm Choose from five varieties of trees and feel free to pack a picnic to enjoy before heading back into the city. $50. 37131 Essex Rd, Wilmington, IL (815-458-6264). Nov 29–Dec 22. 8am–4:30pm.
Ziegler Come by and choose your Christmas tree, or maybe adopt a dog? Chicagoland Dog Rescue will be on site most days with available pooches, cider and other Christmas treats while you pick the perfect tree.$39–$69. Cash or checks only. 42W109 McDonald Rd, Elgin, IL (847-464-5776). Nov 29-Dec 1; Dec 7, 8.
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