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Aerial shot of the James Bond-themed corn maze at Richardson Adventure Farm
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The 13 best corn mazes near Chicago

Plan an afternoon (or haunted evening) of fall fun at these local corn mazes.

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Erin Yarnall
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Morgan Olsen
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Stephanie Bernstein
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Fall in Chicago brings a slight chill to the air and a massive array of autumnal activities—that means it’s time to celebrate the season by admiring some fall foliage, stopping by an apple orchard and, of course, taking a visit to some of the best corn mazes near the city. While it’s just about impossible to find expansive corn mazes to get lost at within the city’s limits, there are a large number of farms around an hour’s drive away that make the perfect stop for fall festivities. Open through the end of October, many of them serve as great locales to get into the Halloween spirit as well. Take a look at some of the best corn mazes near Chicago for a fun-filled day filled with autumnal activities.

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The best corn mazes near Chicago

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Driving time from Chicago: About 70 minutes

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 $12–$17, depending on which day you visit. Make a day of it by going apple picking, taking a pony ride and making your way through the orchard’s sprawling pumpkin patch.

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Driving time from Chicago: About 75 minutes

Sure, maybe when you think of corn mazes you don’t immediately conjure up the image of James Bond, but at Richardson Adventure Farm you’ll literally be walking through several variations of his image. This year, Richardson Adventure Farm’s 28 acres of live corn have been cut to pay tribute to 60 years of the legendary spy. The attraction, which features a different theme each year, is made up of four smaller mazes 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.

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Driving time from Chicago: About 45 minutes

Owned by the Siegel family for more than 100 years, Siegel's corn maze has more than 15 acres of twists and turns to get lost in on weekends from late September through Halloween. After you make your way through the field, adults can grab a boozy beverage at Bubba's Bar and kids can fill up on fresh apple cider doughnuts and kettle corn.

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Driving time from Chicago: About 55 minutes

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 $18 or splurge on the Moonlight Combo Special, where $22 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..

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Driving time from Chicago: About 50 minutes

This massive farm is an autumnal wonderland, complete with a sunflower patch, apple orchard and sprawling corn maze. The maze’s theme changes each year, and has previously centered around the Chicago Blackhawks and even politics. 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.

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Driving time from Chicago: About 55 minutes

This classic farm in Waukegan, Illinois, which is open from mid-September through the end of October, 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. If you want to continue the fun at home, the farm also has a virtual maze game available on its app.

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Driving time from Chicago: About 80 minutes

By day, this 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.

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Driving time from Chicago: About 45 minutes

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 (less than half a mile long) designed for young ones. Konow’s annual Fall Fest begins on September 17 and includes other seasonal activities like a straw playground composed of giant haystacks to climb all over and hayrides. With tons to do, this drive is totally worth it.

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Driving time from Chicago: About 45 minutes to South Barrington location, 55 minutes to Pingree Grove location

With locations in Pingree Grove 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.

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Driving time from Chicago: About 70 minutes

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 and Thanksgiving pies.

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Driving time from Chicago: About 35 minutes

One of the closest corn mazes to the city of Chicago, Odyssey Fun Farm in Tinley Park is home to a bevy of autumnal activities, including a journey through its massive corn maze. If your little one is sick of walking after tackling the maze, have them take a ride on the farm’s cow train, or have the older ones soar through the air (for an additional $12) on the zip line, which smoothly soars to its landing spot three stories down.

Driving time from Chicago: About one hour

Most farms and orchards are primarily focused on fall, but Windy Acres Farmstand in Geneva has events going on all year round, including visits with Santa at Winterfest and an abundance of flowers in the springtime. Still, the farm really stands out in autumn. The farm’s Fall Fest, which runs from mid-September through the end of October, has mini golf, a zip line and a long list of other autumnal activities including a corn maze, and for the little ones, a mini straw maze.

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Driving time from Chicago: About 40 minutes

Just a quick drive over the Indiana border is Elzinga Farm and Greenhouse, a farm that’s been in the Elzinga family for four generations. The Elzinga family makes a celebration out of fall every year with its fall festival, featuring a seriously tricky corn maze in addition to an easier mini maze for younger kids. For Halloween thrills for all ages there’s a haunted house as well as a hayride through Scarecrow Forest.

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