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. Bring a mask, as they’re required at both farmers markets and farms, and prepare to celebrate the season.
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When: 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 21
Check out the online market first to preorder your pumpkin goods – from giant gourds to pumpkin-made goodies. The market is open on Wednesdays and preordering begins the Thursday before.
When: Saturdays through Oct. 31.
Check out the pumpkins available at the Green City Market locations, then head online to the Virtual Sprouts activities to learn more about Illinois’ top agricultural product.
When: Oct. 1-Nov. 1
Where: Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St., Chicago
Admission: Free, $3 entry for the Pumpkin Walk
Throughout October, visitors can enjoy fall at Lincoln Park Zoo including the beautiful pumpkin patch outside of the gift shop. Reserve your timed tickets in advance to ensure your spot. Take a Pumpkin Walk to see pumpkins carved by pros and amateurs (on Saturdays, see professionals work their trade), stop by the pumpkin patch outside of the gift shop to pick up your own gourd to take home and then marvel as the Bird’s Eye Bar & Grill is turned into Patch’s Pumpkin Bar & Grill Pop-up, with themed food and drinks.
When: 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays & 3:30-7 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 29.
Where: Municipal parking lot at North Lincoln and West Leland (adjacent to CTA Western Station)
Stop by for the goodness of fresh fruits, vegetables, homemade baked goods and pumpkins, all in one place. Preordering is available to ensure you come home with the top produce you’re looking for.
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
Where: 19502 River Road, Marengo
Admission: Free, $7 pumpkins (any size)
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. Some activities may be changed or cancelled this season, check the farm’s website in advance. Head to the market for apple cider and donuts before you leave.
When: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, hayrides & donuts on weekends
Where: 9112 Algonquin Road, Huntley
Admission: Free, $8 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. All family activities, including hay rides, pumpkin bowling, broom corn maze, and pedal tractor corral have been modified to facilitate social distancing.
When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Sept. 19-Oct. 31
Admission: Free, fees for some activities
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. Masks are required for anyone 2 and older and capacities will be maintained in buildings like the market. Online ordering is available for curbside pickup on favorites like pies, fudge and Halloween decorations. Rolls of tickets to ride the rides or experience other events can also be purchased in advance for pickup.
When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31
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, chug around the lake on the Pumpkin Express or catch the silly pumpkin-eating dinosaur. Masks are required to enter the farm as well as indoors and when social distancing can’t be maintained outdoors. Guest capacity is limited, so guests are recommended to purchase tickets online in advance. The corn box and jumping pillow will be closed this season, but other adventures, including the straw maze and kiddie playland, have remained open.
When: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through Oct. 31
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.
When: Thursdays-Sundays Sept. 12-Nov. 8, and Columbus Day.
Admission: $18 ages 13 and up, $15 for ages 3-12 in September and weekdays October/November; $20 ages 13 and up and $17 ages 3-12 on weekends in October/November. Free 2 and under.
Take a trip through the Earth Day 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. And for an additional fee, you can try gemstone mining, a paintball gallery and the pumpkin patch for big-time fun. Of course, masks are required inside buildings and in areas where physical distancing is not possible, but the farm will be fogging surfaces with disinfectant on a regular basis.
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. orchard, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. pumpkins, Saturdays-Sundays in September, Fridays-Sundays in October
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. Masks are required at check-in, on the tractor and when social distancing can’t be maintained.
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 1-31
Where: 1356 Gary Ave., Wheaton
Admission: Free with timed ticket to zoo
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.
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31, zoo closed Mondays-Tuesdays
Admission: $9.95 weekdays, $14.95 weekends & Columbus Day
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. Masks are required on the property for all guests over age 2, and additional hand washing and sanitizing stations have been installed for convenience.
When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31
Admission: $17.99 weekdays, $19.99 weekends, Free for kids ages 2 and under; advanced ticketing on weekends required
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. Masks are required to enter and when social distancing can’t be maintained.
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through Oct. 31
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, open Wednesdays-Sundays. 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 feed animals for $.25 per bag at the petting zoo. Masks are expected when social distancing can’t be maintained.
When: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. weekends, Sept. 25-Nov. 1
Admission: $13.99-$25.99, varies by day
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. Guests are encouraged to wear masks and maintain social distancing when possible.
When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays through Oct. 31
The Fall Fest with Craft Fair runs Oct. 10-11 this year and will include a costume contest, plus the best pickings pumpkin hunters can find. (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. Masks are required indoors.
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays in October.
Where: 12700 SW Hwy, Palos Park
Admission: Free to pick pumpkins sold at market pricing, $8 farm activities
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. Masks and social distancing are required.
When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Sept. 25-Oct. 25
Where: 13901 Wolf Road, Orland Park
The farm is only open weekends for the 2020 season and the corn maze and barn are closed this year. Families can still pick up Halloween decorations, pumpkins and crafts plus homemade jellies, apples and more.
When: 2-8 p.m. Mondays & Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31
Admission: $10 weekdays, $12 weekends, Free 2 and under
Pick your pumpkin, plus enjoy two corn mazes, a cow train, a tike track, two jumping pillows, a treehouse and more. Masks must be worn on all rides and at the farm. Tickets cannot be purchased in advance.
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Sept. 26-Oct. 31, closed on Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 5-7
Admission: $16 weekdays, $18 weekends
Paid admission gives you $3 toward food and $3 toward the purchase of a pumpkin. It also includes two corn mazes, a cow train, hay rides, corn cannons, duck races and other fun. Masks are required to enter and on the rides. Tickets can be purchased in advance.
When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Oct. 31
Where: 13332 Bell Road, Lemont
Pick a pumpkin – including large, white pumpkins which are great for painting – or other gourd, then check out the glass artwork and local honey that is extracted onsite.
When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Sept. 26-Oct. 31, plus Columbus Day
Admission: $16.95 online, $19.95 in person
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. Some attractions are closed this season, and there is a limit on guest capacity. The farm has installed an acre of new grass to help facilitate social distancing. Guests are required to wear masks, even outdoors, when social distancing can’t be maintained. Tickets can be purchased online in advance.
When: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31
Where: 15725 W Bruce Road, Lockport
Admission: Free, pumpkins range from $1-$7
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.
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This story was originally published in September 2015 and has been updated with the most recent information.