The best apple picking near Chicago
This orchard offers no shortage of activity. 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 or check out one of the many tours and special events on the orchard's calendar.
This orchard is worth the 90-minute drive (and it's not too far from Shabbona Lake State Park if you want to make a day of it). You'll find more than a dozen types of apples avaiable for U-Pick and in the country store. Kids will love the petting zoo and getting dirty climbing on bales of hay. Oh, and did we mention this orchard doesn't charge admission? That's right. Entry is fee, and so are all of the activities.
Forty acres of U-pick apples await at this Northwest Indiana orchard, but there's a lot more to do here, too. Visit the petting zoo or run through the corn maze. You'll find plenty of sweet treats to buy in the bakery, including fresh baked doughnuts, or take a snack outside to the campfire to make your own hot dogs or s'mores. Local artists call the orchard home on weekends during barnyard jams.
This no-frills apple orchard is about an hour's drive from Chicago, but less than 40 miles away. You won't find much hoopla here, just gorgeous fields of apples. Strollers and wagons are allowed, but prepare your little ones that this is all about apple picking—there are no hayrides or corn mazes to be found.
Located about a half-hour from Elgin, this low-key spot offers plenty of U-Pick apples, cider and, on the weekends, yummy baked goods. If you're looking for tons of other activities for the family, this probably isn't the spot for you, but if all you need is some good, old-fashioned apple fun in a friendly atmosphere, this is your spot.
Surround yourself with more than 10,000 apple trees at this beautiful orchard. You can head straight to the fields for picking apples, check out the mini zip line or grab your place in line for the corn maze. Apple cannons, pumpkin cannons and pony rides may be available for an additional fee on holiday weekends.