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Pumpkin patches near Chicago

Pick out the perfect pumpkin in time for Halloween at these pumpkin patches near Chicago while enjoying fall fun

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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 in October. I mean, it wouldn't really be the fall season without a big ol' pumpkin, right? Make a whole day out of it and take a trip to try out some corn mazes or do some apple picking.  

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Where to find the best pumpkin patches near Chicago

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Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm & Garden Center

Fall fun is the name of the game at Goebbert's, where you can not only pick up quite a few pumpkins, but you can also put the kids on a massive slide 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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Sonny Acres Farm

Visit this one-stop shop you can take home pumpkins, shop for costumes and decorations and munch on roasted corn and cotton candy. There's a haunted wagon ride and carnival, too.

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County Line Orchard

On weekends, as part of a concert series called Barnyard Jams, the main stage features performances by local musicians and hourly pumpkin-catching shows by a giant, orange mechanical creature known as Peter the Pumpkin Eating Dino. All ages can hop aboard the "Moo-Choo" tractor ($2) for a ride around the farm, while kids under 3 can also ride the pedal tractor in the toddler play area.

 

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Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm

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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Didier Farms

There is a reason this farm calls its fall pumpkin picking Pumpkinfest—the amount of activities available are boundless. But you can also enjoy a good, old-fashioned hayride, visit the ponies and camels and make crafts.  

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Chicago Park District patches

A pumpkin patch right in your neighborhood park—what could be more convenient? The Chicago Park District does pop-up pumpkin patches in parks across the city with face painting, pony rides, arts and crafts and plenty of food and drink. Of course, you'll find plenty of pumpkins, too. Check the Chicago Park District website for park locations and dates.

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Odyssey Fun Farm

Warning: Your family may have fun overload at this farm across from Odyssey Fun World, which hosts a whole lot of stuff, from zip lining to pig races. The farm is an autumn extravaganza with a pumpkin patch, hayrides, pillow jump, flashlight maze and more.

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The Lindberg Pumpkin Patch

Under new ownership in 2015, 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 patch also hosts one of the largest pumpkins in the world, standing at more than 10 feet tall. 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

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

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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