5 Sweet Maple Syrup Events in Chicagoland

March not only signals the beginning of spring, but also the sweet maple syrup season. Did you know that it takes 30 to 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup? Learn more about this valuable commodity (and taste!) at these family fun events. Read some of our picks below and find the most updated list on our calendar.

Sap’s Rising

Feb. 27-28; March 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28

Walk in the sugar maple forest to learn about the sweet process of maple syrup making. All participants are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing.

Sugar Bush Sunday Breakfast

Feb. 28, 2021

Register for a one-hour time slot to enjoy breakfast featuring real maple syrup. A wagon ride and a guided tour of the tapped maple trees is included. The breakfast serving area will be cleaned and sanitized after each group.

Maple Tree Tapping Virtual Event

Feb. 28, 2021

  • Hosted by: Lake County Forest Preserves
  • Cost: $3 

Join the Lake County Forest Preserves virtually on Zoom as an educator taps the Sugar Maple Trees at Ryerson Woods. Learn a little about how trees work and the sweet science behind making real maple syrup.

Maple Sugar Magic

March 6, 2021

From the earliest times, Native Americans and pioneers of the Midwest made maple syrup from the sweet sap of the sugar maple tree. Learn how it’s made, find maple trees on site and try some real maple syrup.

Maple Sugaring

March 6, 2021

Discover how sap becomes syrup, examine a maple tree, check the collection buckets, see a tapping demonstration and observe sap thickening over a fire. These 20-minute tours are leave every half hour. Masks that cover the mouth and nose are required.


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