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Four corn mazes to check out this fall

Stalk these corn mazes for old-fashioned fall fun.


Richardson Farm
This family farm bills itself as the home to the world’s largest corn maze, but it’s actually four separate mazes-within-a-maze covering 33 acres of cornfields. We like the “FSI”—Farm Scene Investigation—maze where clues lead to the correct checkpoints. The farm also has a zip line, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, wagon rides, campfire sites and lots more. 9407 Richardson Rd, Spring Grove (815-675-9729, Open Wed–Sun through Oct 31; $12 ages 4–12 $10, 3 and under free.

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm
There are 5.5 miles of mazes covering 20 acres here, but don’t worry about getting lost: You’ll get a number to text for clues to reach ten checkpoints, and farm staff are positioned throughout the maze to help truly lost causes. Also look for rides, a climbing wall, pumpkin patch and a baby-chick nursery. 17250 S Weber Rd, Crest Hill (800-304-3276, Open weekends through Oct 28; $12, 2 and under free.

Meadow View Farm
This year’s “everyday heroes” theme commemorates September 11 with ten acres of maze cut out to resemble a police car, fire engine and the Twin Towers. During Haunted Maze weekends (Oct 21–23 and 28–30), ghosts and goblins lurk in the maze beginning at dusk. You’ll also find hayrides, a pumpkin patch, moon walks and other entertainment. 17020 Streit Rd, Harvard (815-482-0908, Open weekends through Oct 28; $p, seniors and kids ages 4–12 $6, 3 and under free.

Konow’s Corn Maze
Up for a challenge? Tackle Konow’s twisty 3.5 mile maze though tall corn stalks, or take it easy and opt for the easier 0.9 mile maze. Little kids will love the corn pit (like a sandbox, but filled with corn kernels). 16849 S Cedar Rd, Homer Glen (708-301-8845, Open daily though Oct 30; $9, 2 and under free.

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