Driving time from Chicago: About an hour and a half
Open daily, this orchard specializes in apples (15 varieties) and Asian pears. Expect to walk away with at least one peck—a 10-pound bag of apples—the minimum haul for a group of one to four. Before you start picking, stop by the farm's Koffee Kiosk for hot chocolate and apple cider doughnuts. FYI: U-pick is only available on Saturdays and Sundays and quantities are limited, so check for updates on Facebook before you make the trek.