Fall brings cooler weather, turning leaves, and lots of pumpkin patch fun! There are many incredible pumpkin patches in Chicago metro (aka: Chicagoland) that it is easy to spend every weekend in October exploring a new one!
Many of the pumpkin patches in the Chicago area have all sort of extras like apple picking, corn mazes, and lots of rides and activities. Here are the best of the best. These are genuine farms dedicated to giving families an incredible experience while in search for the perfect pumpkin. Updated for 2023!
The Best Pumpkin Patches in Chicago Metro for 2023
1. Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm
13341 W 151st St, Homer Glen
The most popular pumpkin patch in Chicagoland is Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm. Trekaroo families return to this farm year after year because there are so many fun things to do!
There are over a dozen rides that little kids will surely love, from the Barnyard Dance Cow Coaster to the Frog Hopper and the 90′ Mega Fun Slide. There are also pig races, hay rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, and a pumpkin chucker.
There are plenty of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes to pick from, including carving pumpkins and baking pumpkins, as well as gnarled gourds.
Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm also serves up a wide variety of food and treats including apple cider donuts, tasty bbq, and even ice cream.
Admission hours and prices vary by the day so be sure to check the calendar on their website before you go. This Chicago pumpkin patch opens September 15, 2023 for the season and is open daily. Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm is now cashless so be sure to bring your card with you. You can also purchase tickets in advance.
2. Odyssey Fun Farm at Odyssey Fun World
18900 Oak Park Ave. Tinley Park
Odyssey Fun World in Tinley Park is an amusement center with mini golf, bumper boats, arcade games, laser tag and a few rides that is open throughout the year, but during the fall harvest season they also play host to Odyssey Fun Farm.
Fun awaits at this pumpkin patch with a petting zoo, hayrides, a cow train, duck races, pony rides, zipline, giant pillow bounce, corn maze, and Zombie Paintball Shooting Gallery.
They open for the season on September 23 and are open daily except September 25-27 and October 2-4.
Admission is $22 during the week and $24 on weekend. Some attractions are included and some require an additional fee. Visit their website for full details.
3. Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm
17250 S. Weber Road, Lockport
Siegel’s is another one of those pumpkin patches in Chicago metro that you won’t want to miss. This farm has been around for over 100 years and has acres of Halloween fun waiting to be enjoyed.
Their 10-acre corn maze draws families from all over the area, brave enough to wander in and then find their way out. This year’s corn maze theme is “Jurassic Farm”. It is open September 23rd through October 29th.
Be sure to purchase your tickets online . The great thing about this farm is that admission grants you access to unlimited use of the attractions, so visiting the farm can easily become an all-day adventure!
There are 35 attractions on this farm. Highlights include the Mountain Slide, Nanny Goat’s Road House (filled with adorable goats), lots of games, a train, tractor rides, playgrounds, the corn maze, and so much more!
There are several different places around the farm to buy food and treats. There pumpkin patch is widely regarded as one of the best around with plenty of perfect pumpkins for the picking.
4. The Children’s Farm at The Center
12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park
The Children’s Farm at The Center is a great place for kids to really learn about what farming animals is like and where their food comes from. They host classes, camps, and farm tours all year long.
It is a great place for kids to see horses eating hay right from the field, cows producing milk, chickens laying eggs, and sheep growing wool.
On Thursdays through Sundays beginning September 23rd, the farm is hosting Pumpkin Days. Admission is $13 and includes barn tours, a petting farm, hay climber, maze, hay rack rides, and a spooky shed.
There will be food to purchase and 60 acres of mapped walking trails to explore. And, of course, they have a u-pick pumpkin patch and farm stand which offers a large variety of pumpkins and gourds in all shapes and sizes, as well as corn stalks and straw bales
5. Richardson’s Adventure Farm
909 English Prairie Road, Spring Grove
There are farms and then there is the Richardson’s Adventure Farm north of Chicago near the Wisconsin border.
It is widely known for its incredible corn maze which has 9-10 miles of trails winding through 28 acres of corn. In addition to the giant maze, there are also several games you can play inside the maze. It claims to be the world’s largest, most intricate corn maze.
That might sound a bit daunting but the good news is that this maze is actually four different mazes, so you can break it up into much more manageable sections. This year’s maze theme is Jurassic Park.
But wait, there’s more! There is also a train ride, 50 foot tall observation tower, wagon rides, zorb balls, a zip line, bungee jumpers, paint ball, air cannons, playgrounds, and a 150 foot slide.
Animal lovers will be happy to learn there are bunnies, goats, a petting zoo, and wildly popular pig races.
We can’t forget about the pumpkins! Richardson’s Adventure Farm grows thousands of pumpkin and gourds for the picking. You can choose to head out to the patch or purchase something from the pile.
This farms is open September 9 through October 29, 2023, Thursday through Sunday. Admission is $18 for adults and $16 for children online but there the cost goes up to $18 for kids and $24 for adults on weekends in October.
Fun fact: Richardon’s hosts a Tulip Festival in the spring.
6. Jonamac Orchard
19412 Shabbona Rd, Malta
Jonamac Orchard is well-known for being an apple picking destination in the fall. They have dozens of varieties of apples and over 20,000 apple trees. Apple picking takes place mostly during September but come October, they swtich gears and focus on pumpkins.
The pick-your-own pumpkin patch opens mid-to-late September so if you time it right, you can enjoy both!
During both pumpkin and apple season there is a barnyard play area, petting zoo, wagon rides, corn crib play barn, pony rides, a train, an apple launcher, and cider house tasting room. There is also live music and food trucks on the weekends.
Their large corn maze is open weekends from August 26, 2023 through Halloween. There is a cider house theme. During the evenings in October (and September 29th) the maze becomes a haunted corn maze which is fun for older kids who love a good fright!
It is highly recommended you purchase your tickets in advance.
7. Kuipers Family Farm
1N318 Watson Rd, Maple Park
West of Chicago you will find 230-acre Kuipers Family Farm which bills itself as an entertainment farm. They have an apple orchard, pumpkin patch, and even Christmas trees in the winter!
The farm opens for apple picking Labor Day weekend and lasts as long as the apples do. As October approaches (the pumpkin farm is open September 16- October 31, 2023) you will want to stop by the Pumpkin Farm.
The Pumpkin Farm has a corn maze, hayrides, a haunted forest, peddle tractor derby for the little ones, jumping pillow, train, tractor tire mountain, a giant slide, games, farm animals, and more!
Their store sells homemade pies, apple cider, caramel apples, apple cider donuts, and fudge. They also have the Corncob Cafe and The Farmhouse Kitchen serving up meals.
Admission varies by date and does include a pumpkin if you visit in October. Save $2 if you buy online.
8. TOM’s Farm Market
10214 Algonquin Road, Huntley
TOM’s Farm Market grows all sorts of produce year round in their 80,000 square feet of greenhouses. There is everything from sweet corn, tomatoes, and peppers to asaparagus and strawberries at their stand northwest of Chicago.
From September 30 – October 30 they celebrate Fall on the Farm at their u-pick pumpkin patch. Admission includes activities like the corn maze, straw maze, duck races, barrel rides, jumping pillow, corn crib box, and climbing tire mound, wallball, barnyard ball, peddle tractors, and a petting zoo.
Tickets must be purchased online to guarantee admission. Admission is $10.50 on weekdays and $12.50 on weekends. There is a $2 discount for seniors and kids under two are free. Tickets are not required to visit the store, bakery, or u-pick field.
9. Royal Oak Farm Apple Orchard
15908 Hebron Road, Harvard
The Royal Oak Farm Apple Orchard is another great u-pick apple orchard that also hosts a pumpkin patch, allowing you to combine two favorite fall experiences into one outing. They have 20,000 apples trees growing 30 apple varieties on their 160 acre farm north of Chicago near the Wisconsin border.
In addition to the pumpkins and apples, there is a playground, petting zoo, train, carousel, hay rides, and even an apple tree maze! Their country kitchen sells baked goods like pies and donuts and home-cooked meals like chicken pot pie.
Royal Oak Farm is open daily throughout the fall season. Check the website to see which apple varieties are available for picking.
10. Sonny Acres Farm
29W310 North Avenue, West Chicago
Sonny Acres Farm has been a Chicago mainstay since 1883. They have a bunch of carnival rides, hayrides, a petting zoo, sweet shop, and tons of pumpkins to choose from.
There is an unlimited ride/attractions until 5pm wristband that can be purchased on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for $25. On Friday through Sunday guests purchase tickets for attractions separately (no wristbands).
During the evenings, things get extra spooky with a Haunted Hayride and a Haunted Barn on the weekends. The evening attractions are better suited for those 10 and up who don’t mind a good scare.
The farm is open September 16th through Halloween.
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