Berry picking is an essential summer pastime, especially for families. But even if you live smack dab in the action in Chicago, you can still take a day trip to find a farm where you can pick your own strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and more. Many spots also have other fun, kid-friendly attractions like petting zoos or wagon rides. Bring those berries home to make your own dessert when you just can't get out to nab one of the city's best pies, or blend a handful up for your own take on one of Chicago's best frozen cocktails, long after the kids have fallen asleep.
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The best places for berry picking
This farm mecca has plenty to do beyond your average farm. In addition to berry picking, it has a full market, farm tours, sunset hayrides and a petting zoo at certain times of the year. Check out the stash of strawberries in June, or head there in July for perfect raspberries.
In the fall it's all about apples, but come summer you'll find raspberries, strawberries, cherries, blueberries and currants. This spot is close to other fun summer attractions like the Magic Waters Waterpark. Enjoy a day out with nature and make sure to stop in the bakery on your way out for some baked goods made with farm-fresh ingredients.
This Homer Glen farm is your one-stop shop for everything that grows, from zucchini to apples to peaches. The expansive farm is open spring through fall, but the Summer U-Pick is a real highlight. Check the website before you head out to see if it's time for cherries, strawberries, blackberries or even gooseberries.
Hop on a horse-drawn wagon for this berry picking adventure. Depending on the month, you might find cherries, strawberries, raspberries or blueberries, among other fine produce, at this Indiana spot. Just call ahead to be sure what's available. In fall, check the calendar for live music on the weekends.