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Pumpkin patches near Chicago

Pick out the perfect pumpkin in time for Halloween at these seasonal patches near Chicago

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The best pumpkin patches near Chicago have it all—and a trip to one of these should definitely top your list of the best things to do this fall. So ditch the pumpkin spice latte and venture outside to find the real thing. These spots make it easy to while away an entire day with corn mazes, apple picking and family activities galore.

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Where to find the best pumpkin patches near Chicago

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Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm & Garden Center

35 miles from Chicago
Fall fun is the name of the game at Goebbert’s, where you can not only pick up all the pumpkins your heart (and home) desires, but you can also put the kids on a wagon ride or check out the exotic petting zoo (seriously, there’s a giraffe). And you can't miss the pumpkin-eating dinosaur or the corn maze. 

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Didier Farms

34 miles from Chicago
There’s a reason this lively farm calls its fall pumpkin-picking season Pumpkinfest. Watch pigs race, play in the silly string asylum or grab a hot dog and spiced apple cider at the concession stands. Of course, there's a huge selection of unique, unusual gourds to choose from—perfect for porch jack-o’-lanterns.

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County Line Orchard

40 miles from Chicago
U-Pick apples and pumpkins are the name of the game at this nearby orchard, but that's not all that’s in store. Check out the bee yurts, where hundreds of bees work and live, or book your own campfire. The little ones will adore the kids’ farm, complete with pygmy goats and Peter the pumpkin-eating dinosaur. 

 

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Sonny Acres Farm

36 miles from Chicago
This one-stop shop offers piles of pumpkins, squash and gourds—everything you need to bring the season home to Chicago. The kiddos will have a chance to shop Halloween costumes, and everyone can enjoy roasted corn on the cob and cotton candy. Make time to take a spin on the haunted wagon ride, too.

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Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm

30 miles from Chicago
Pumpkins, ponies and hayrides make Bengtson’s a perfect fall getaway. Arrive hungry for apple cider doughnuts, award-winning barbecue and funnel cakes, too. Then let the kids expend some of that energy over at the kiddie rides. 

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Odyssey Fun Farm

30 miles from Chicago
This aptly named orchard offers a pumpkin patch, 15-acre corn maze, zombie safari hay ride, petting zoo, corn cannon, zip lines and so much more. In other words, don’t plan on a quick trip; you’ll want to spend the entire day at this massive farm. Check out the official website for weekly events throughout fall.

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The Lindberg Pumpkin Patch

80 miles from Chicago
This pumpkin patch has a little bit of everything. On the activities front, families can enjoy old-fashioned wagon rides, a petting zoo, face painting and interactive classes like taffy making and pumpkin carving. The cafe and bakery serve classic autumn treats like caramel apples and pumpkin pies. The patch also hosts plenty of special events throughout the fall season.

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Jonamac Apple Orchard

70 miles from Chicago
It's not just apples you’ll find here. You’ll also encounter 12 acres of pumpkins. Little ones will love the variety of activities, too, from duck races to apple cannons and even a petting zoo.

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Dollinger Family Farm

60 miles from Chicago
Visit a pumpkin patch and learn a little history. The farm, about an hour from the Chicago area, houses an old barn that’s on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to the pumpkin patch, petting zoos and corn maze, check the farm’s website for Revolutionary and Civil War reenactments and even a lumberjack show.

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By: Samantha Lande

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