18 Pumpkin Patches Worth the Drive from Chicago

Score your gourd at one of these pumpkin patches near you.

Find a taste of a pumpkin patch in the city or drive for the farm experience in the suburbs to fill your home with fall this season.

Pumpkins are ripe for the picking in late September and into October, with locations all across the area ready to care for your needs. Here are some of our favorite pumpkin patches to check out with your family.

NOTE: Before visiting, please check each farm’s website or call ahead to check dates of their pumpkin patch season and COVID-19 safety precautions.

Bronkberry Farms

Don’t leave until you’ve tried a caramel apple made sweeter with a secret family recipe! The market is open daily, and check the farm’s website for other weekend events like storytime and craft-making.

Cody’s Farm

Fun on the farm doesn’t mean breaking the bank at Cody’s Farm. In addition to a free hayride to pick the perfect pumpkin, there is no admission fee or parking fee. Head to the market for apple cider and donuts before you leave.

Cosley Zoo Pumpkin Fest

After you see the animals at the zoo this fall, enjoy the colors of the season and pick out your pumpkins. Pumpkins, gourds, apples, cider, corn stalks, and straw bales are all available for purchase.

Dave’s Pumpkins

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

Pre-picked pumpkins in all shapes and sizes are waiting at this favorite Lincolnshire farm. Watch the pig races, feed the parakeets or ride the kiddie rides. A stop at Grandma D’s bakeshop is a must with yummy apple cider and pumpkin donuts.

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch

Take a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch where the perfect pumpkin awaits. Afterwards, chug around the lake on the Pumpkin Express or catch the silly pumpkin-eating dinosaur.

Konow’s Corn Maze

Pick your pumpkin, plus enjoy two corn mazes, a cow train, a tike track, two jumping pillows, a treehouse and more.

Kupier’s Family Farm

Address: 1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park

Cost: $20-$25 per person (pumpkin included), Free for kids ages 2 and under

Step into the expansive 71-acre pumpkin patch to find your special pumpkin, which is included with admission. Guests will walk to the u-pick areas this season, so bring a wagon if you plan to pick multiple large pumpkins. Afterward, spend a little time getting lost in their five-acre corn maze 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.

Johansen Farms

Address: 710 W Boughton Road, Bolingbrook

Cost: Children’s zoo — $13-$18 per person, free for kids under 2

There is no charge to visit — and even just take pictures — at the pumpkin patch, where more than 25,000 pumpkins await visitors this year. Admission to the zoo and attractions includes llamas, miniature ponies and baby chicks, plus hayrides, train rides and pony rides.

Odyssey Fun Farm

In addition to the pumpkin patch, families can enjoy two corn mazes, a cow train, hay rides, corn cannons, duck races and other fun.

Pioneer Farm

Enjoy the farm — including all of the animals — while picking pumpkins, winter squash, gourds, cornstalks and more decor ready for purchase. Wagons and cutters are available for use, or choose from the pre-picked pumpkins that are in the farmyard for your convenience.

Richardson Adventure Farm

Take a trip through the corn maze and pick up your pumpkin while you’re there. Farm admission includes kids’ ziplines, jumping pillows and an animatronic chicken show, among other activities.

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm

This farm located just outside Joliet offers about 40 acres of fall fun. Take a hayride to the 10-acre pumpkin field, or if you prefer, walk over to the smaller pumpkin field.

Sonny Acres Farm

Around since 1883, Sonny Acres Farm offers plenty of pumpkins. Enjoy the carnival-type rides including a giant swing and a fun house, open Wednesdays-Sundays. Kids can burn off the sugar from the donuts or funnel cakes in the “Kiddie Koral” or the jumping pillow. Chill out on the 15-minute tractor-pulled wagon ride or feed animals at the petting zoo.

Stade’s Farm and Market

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.

Tom & Zach’s Pumpkin Patch

This no muss, no frills farm is perfect for families just looking for a pumpkin. Wagons are available to help you haul your gourd from the field that is parking lot adjacent. Props are also set up if you’re looking for a pic for the ‘Gram.

The Children’s Farm at The Center

Stop by and pick pumpkins with free admission to the patch, which includes pumpkins of all sizes, mini pumpkins, gourds and carving tools. Kids will enjoy a trip to the farm that includes barn tours and a petting farm, a spooky wood shed, hayrack rides and 60 acres of walking trails.

Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm

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 Bengston’s with food trucks on the weekends.

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