Nothing says fall like apple picking in the Chicago area’s best orchards. These pick-your-own farms are wonderful for making memories, enjoying the lovely fall weather and finding excellent apples for snacks or homemade pie. Try some of these orchards this harvest season:
The 105-acre Jonamac Orchard in Malta is celebrating its 29th year of free admission. Here you’ll find over 30 different varieties of apples. Jonamac also strives to entertain families throughout the entire season with apple cart rides for children, a 10-acre corn maze, a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, Halloween festivities and a bakery filled with apple donuts, pies, breads and homemade fudge.
For further details, hours of operations and directions, click here.
All Seasons Orchard
You’ll find All Seasons Orchard just outside Woodstock, an orchard that has been home to family tradition for more than 20 years. The fields hold over 10,000 trees with 12 varieties of apples and pears. All Seasons provides family fun such as pumpkin picking, a corn maze, hayrides and fun barnyard activities. Additional activities include a piglet race and a shooting range with apple shooters and pumpkin cannons.
For admission discounts, directions or to see the All Seasons bakery and farmers market menus, visit the orchard’s website.
A local favorite, Garwood Orchards is located just past the Illinois border in La Porte, Indiana. The orchard has been in existence since 1831 and has perfected the art of pleasing families from one generation to the next. Garwood Orchards offers an expansive farmer’s market, bake shoppe, gelato bar, as well as “Upick” and pre-picked weekly specials.