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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Weekend getaways for the whole family
When you just need a little escape, hop in the car for a family weekend getaway to another 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.