9 pumpkin patches and farms worth the drive

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm


Nothin’ says fall like the crisp weather, apple cider, and picking the perfect pumpkin at the farm. Harvest some family memories at these perfect pumpkin farms and patches worth the drive from Chicago.


Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm


Where: 17250 S. Weber Road, Lockport


Admission: $11.95 weekdays, $18.95 weekends and Columbus Day, Free for military all season and grandparents are free weekdays with paid grandchild


This farm located just outside Joliet offers about 40 acres of fall fun. Take a hayride to their 10-acre pumpkin field, or if you prefer, walk over to the smaller pumpkin field. With over 30 attractions, you can easily spend the day here. Chug along the not-so-spooky ghost town railroad or slide down 150 feet down The Mia and Miley Mountain Slide. Save time to get lost in their hero-themed maze. Come with an appetite because you can get your grub on with smoked turkey legs, funnel cakes, apple cider donuts and more.


Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch


Where: 42W813 Reinking Road, Hampshire


Admission: $12.99 weekdays, $16.99 weekends and Columbus Day, Free for kids ages 2 and under


Take a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch where the perfect pumpkin awaits. Afterwards, spend some time perusing the farm where you can choose from 15 fun activities such as a haunted house, pig races, corn box, pedal tractor track and an animal land. Chug around the lake on the Pumpkin Express or catch the silly pumpkin-eating dinosaur. If you’re looking to add to the fun, you won’t want to miss their fall light show. Every night (except Mondays) after 7:30 p.m., you can drive through the farm and see over 1.5 million twinkling lights.


Stade’s Farm and Market


Where: 3709 Miller Road, McHenry


Admission: $15, free for kids ages 2 and under


Families flock here during the weekends for Shades of Autumn Festival and classic farm fun. Start off by taking a tractor driven hayride to their 30+ acre pumpkin patch. Watch pumpkin cannon demos blast at the top of every hour. Take a spin on the beautifully restored 1922 Carousel. Activities abound, including a mini-Ferris wheel, veggie cars, slide mountain, zip lines and more. People have been known to drive great distances for a taste of the sweet corn. Apple cider doughnuts and pies are also a must. Don’t forget to say hello to bunnies at the new Bunny Village.


Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm


Where: 13341 W 151st St., Homer Glen


Admission: Please check website for pricing


Talk a walk to the pumpkin patch or hop on a hayride to find a variety of pumpkins in the patch. After the patch, kids will have a blast riding the 10 children’s rides including a mini cow coaster and flying frogs. Slide down the 90’ mega fun slide, step into the haunted or fun barn, and make corn angels in one of the largest corn bins around. You’ll never go hungry at Bengtson’s with food trucks on the weekends. Ever wanted to ride a tractor? The all-new Tractor Town Ride is a life-size tractor that takes you through the brand new barn.

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch


Sonny Acres Farm


Where: 29W310 North Ave., West Chicago


Admission: Free, all activities and rides are individual tickets


Around since 1883, Sonny Acres Farm offers plenty of pumpkins. Enjoy the carnival-type rides including a giant swing and a fun house. Kids can burn off the sugar from the donuts or funnel cakes in the “Kiddie Koral” or the new jumping pillow. Chill out on the 15-minute tractor-pulled wagon ride or go on a ride on a camel, horse and pony. The haunted hayride and new haunted barn provides a fun time with scares, live actors and surprises. Still looking for the perfect costume? Check out their shop with Halloween costume and decorations.


Kupier’s Family Farm


Where: 1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park


Admission: $15.99 weekdays, $17.99 weekends, Free for kids ages 2 and under


Step into their expansive 71-acre pumpkin patch to find your special pumpkin which is included with admission. Afterward, spend a little time getting lost in their five-acre corn maze, hopping on a tractor train, or watching the pig and duck races. As always save time to indulge in sweet treats like apple cider doughnuts, home-baked pies, fudge, fresh-pressed apple cider and hand-spun caramel apples.


Cody’s Farm


Where: 19502 River Road, Marengo


Admission: Free


Fun on the farm doesn’t mean breaking bank at Cody’s Farm. In addition to a free hayride to pick the perfect pumpkin, there is no admission fee or parking fee. If you have kids that are perfectly content in the corn box or sand box and the climbing the play tractor, then you won’t have to spend a dime. However, if you’re looking for more activities like barrel rides, pedal tractors, or a 4-acre corn maze, then you’ll only need to spend $6 for a wristband.


Dave’s Pumpkins


Where: 9112 Algonquin Road, Huntley


Admission: Free


For no-frills pumpkin fun, you’ll love Dave’s Pumpkins. For just $8, you can pick any pumpkin regardless of size. On weekends, hop on the hayride which has been expanded with a longer path (and more pirates!). The mini corn maze is perfect for perusing and exploring with younger kids. Go pumpkin bowling (yes, with real pumpkins) or have some old-fashioned fun on the pedal tractors.


Didier Farms


Where: 16678 W. Aptakisic Rd., Lincolnshire


Admission: Free


Pre-picked pumpkins in all shapes and sizes are waiting at this favorite Lincolnshire farm. Take a relaxing hayride that weaves through the cornfield or get lost in the corn maze. Animal lovers will cherish their time spent in Animal Land or Parakeet Encounter. Stop by on Thursdays between 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for their $15 wristband special good for kiddie mechanical rides and burlap slide. A stop at Grandma D’s bakeshop is a must with yummy apple cider and pumpkin donuts.


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