The 10 best corn mazes near Chicago
Located in Woodstock, Illinois, All Seasons turns more than 10 acres of corn fields into a meandering maze. There are two paths to choose from: a shorter, easier version for little ones and a longer, more difficult path for adults in your group. Your trip through this epic corn maze is included with Barnyard admission, which is priced at $16–$21. Make a day of it by going apple picking, hitting the petting zoo and making your way through the sprawling pumpkin patch.
Thrill seekers needn't look further than Richardson Adventure Farm, where the intricate corn maze offers about 10 miles of trails across 28 acres of live corn. The attraction is made up of four smaller mazes that are dotted with checkpoints to help you make it to the finish line. Take a load off on a wagon ride or at Bunnyville, where dozens of fluffy rabbits run wild.
Every year, Siegel's corn maze sports a theme, and 2019 is devoted to "Who Is Your Hero?" The expertly groomed 12-acre attraction is open on weekends and Columbus Day through Halloween. After you make your way through the field, adults can grab a boozy beverage at Bug's Bar and kids can fill up on fresh apple cider doughnuts and kettle corn.
This spooky, nighttime-only walkthrough is dotted with ghouls and goblins whose only goal is to scare the living daylights out of you and your friends. Cruise the haunted corn maze for $15 or splurge on the Moonlight Combo Special, where $20 gets you admission to two mazes plus a moonlight hayride. This scary attraction is only open on select dates throughout the season, so check the schedule and plan your trip accordingly.
This massive farm is an autumnal wonderland, complete with a pumpkin patch, apple orchard and sprawling corn maze. This year, the latter is dedicated to the family's late Grandma Luke, who was a skilled baker. Youngsters will get a kick out of the Albanese Gummi Bear Maze, which is shorter and easier but still boatloads of fun. It's the perfect way to top off a day filled with apple picking in Hobart, Indiana.
This classic farm in Waukegan, Illinois, is a smart selection for families looking to fill a weekend afternoon with fall fun. Pick the perfect pumpkin before finding your way through the corn maze and hopping on a hayride. As a heads up, this place only accepts cash, so hit the ATM on your way there.
By day, this Chicago Bears-homaging maze is fun for the whole family, but on weekend nights, the field turns into a haunted corn maze that's best suited for adults. The 21-and-over set can pregame the experience at the Cider House, where apple wines, ciders and ales can be sampled and sipped.
While Konow’s larger corn maze is more than three miles long and includes tricky twists and turns, the Illinois farm also has a second smaller maze designed for young ones. Konow’s annual Fall Fest begins on September 21 and includes other seasonal activities like a faux-mining company and two giant corn pits—yes, corn pits. With tons to do, this long drive is totally worth it.
With locations in Hampshire and South Barrington, Goebbert’s Farms offer a selection of pumpkins and fresh veggies culled from the 200-acre farm. The venue's corn and straw mazes can entertain the kids while you stroll through the market to stock the fridge. You can also visit the zoo or enjoy pony and camel rides—just be sure you don't leave without a box of homemade fudge.
With three levels of corn maze to choose from at Kuiper’s, there's something for everyone in your group. While kiddos will love the thrill of the quicker maze, teens and adults can get lost inside the tougher attraction. Admission to the corn maze includes the pumpkin farm’s other activities, like pig and duck races, hayrides and train rides. Make a second visit later in the season for freshly harvested Christmas trees.
Family weekend getaways from Chicago
When you just need a little escape, hop in the car for a family weekend getaway to another super-cool Midwest destination. We all know Chicago is great when it comes to taking kids to the beach or playgrounds with water features, but sometimes you just need a change of scenery. Check out these sample itineraries to discover quaint small towns and even resorts full of awesome activities for kids.