The transition from summer to fall can be a bittersweet one, but apple orchards are here to ease some of your seasonal woes. Head to the suburbs and surrounding countryside for crisp early fall air and tons of apple orchards brimming with more varieties of the classic fruit than you'll find even in the fanciest city grocery store. Couple that with the fact that many of the orchards are also home to corn mazes, hay rides and the best pumpkin patches near Chicago and you've got a recipe for a perfect autumn afternoon. Pick a bushel of fruit and don't forget to grab some apple cider doughnuts on the way out when you visit the best apple orchards near Chicago.
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