Nothing quite says that it’s fall in Chicagoland like the sight of pumpkins appearing all over the place! From coffee shop menus to front porches, pumpkins seem to pop up everywhere as autumn settles in.
Whether you love to carve them, paint them, cook them, or artfully arrange them as decorations, bright orange pumpkins are a fall must-have — and Chicagoland is home to plenty of amazing farms, pumpkin patches, and festivals where you can take your time, enjoy the weather, and find the pumpkin of your dreams.
There’s no better way to spend a crisp fall day than wandering through a pumpkin patch, preferably with a warm apple cider and a good camera in tow. Here are ten great spots all around the region for getting some fresh air, celebrating the fall harvest, and picking that perfect pumpkin:
1.) Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm
Located in the Homer Glen area, about 30 miles southwest of Chicago, Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm has been delighting visitors for nearly four decades. Beyond its sprawling pumpkin patch, Bengtson’s offers up plenty of fun attractions for kids and adults alike, including carnival rides, haystack truck tours, pony rides, and even a spooky haunted barn. If you come with an appetite, Bengtson’s also offers a delicious fall food menu, ranging from seasonal classics like kettle corn and apple cider donuts to award-winning barbecue and fresh-made pizza.
2.) Sonny Acres Farm
Sonny Acres Farm was originally established all the way back in 1883. Over the decades, this West Chicago outpost has grown into a major autumn institution, drawing in visitors from all over the Midwest for its ample abundance of pumpkins, squash, and gourds, all beautifully displayed in Instagram-ready arrangements. Besides marveling at the decorative pumpkins, visitors to Sonny Acres can also pick out their perfect Halloween get-up at the costume shop, visit the farmer’s stand for locally grown produce, enjoy apple cider and fresh lemonade, and get their scream on in the haunted “Spook Shed.”
3.) Lincoln Park Zoo
Who says you have to leave the city of Chicago to enjoy the fall bounty? Throughout September and October, the Lincoln Park Zoo welcomes visitors to “Fall Fest,” a celebration of all things autumn. Running Fridays through Sundays throughout the season, Fall Fest offers Chicagoans the chance to experience the wonders of nature right in their own backyard, with a pop-up pumpkin patch, a corn maze, an edible garden, live farm animals, and so much more. For lovers of jack-o-lanterns, no visit to Fall Fest would be complete without checking out the professional pumpkin carvers who give incredible live demonstrations throughout the day.
4.) Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm and Garden Center
Nestled in a scenic patch of South Barrington, Goebbert’s Farm and Garden Center is a year-round farm and market. But this Chicagoland staple truly comes to life during its annual Fall Festival, when visitors flock to the farm’s 200 acres of live produce to pick the pumpkin of their dreams. In addition to its endless assortment of pumpkins and seasonal gourds, Goebbert’s offers classic fall attractions and its own unique set of traditions, including a live giraffe barn, camel rides, and an enormous robotic “pumpkin-eating dinosaur.”
5.) Didier Farms
In scenic Lincolnshire, just north of the city of Chicago, you’ll find Didier Farms, home to the famous Pumpkinfest. An annual tradition here in Chicagoland, Pumpkinfest is just what it sounds like — a true celebration of everyone’s favorite fall produce. Running September through October, Pumpkinfest at Didier Farms offers visitors the chance to pick out a pumpkin, spray their family and friends in the Silly String Asylum, snack on their favorite fall foods at the bake shop, and get up close and personal with pigs and other adorable farm animals.
6.) Odyssey Fun Farm
Odyssey Fun Farm is a major autumn draw in the southern suburbs. Located in Tinley Park, Odyssey Fun Farms lives up to its name, with countless fall activities for kids and adults alike, including a gigantic 15-acre corn maze and fall courtyard with pony rides, food vendors, a petting zoo, and more. And of course, there are pumpkins galore. The Fun Farm boasts thousands of pumpkins in all shapes, sizes, and colors.
7.) Dollinger Family Farm
Dollinger Family Farm offers up a one-of-a-kind fall experience in a beautiful setting next to the Des Plaines River. Perfect for history buffs and lovers of all things Chicagoland, the Dollinger Farms have belonged to the same family since the 19th century, and many of the structures on the grounds are historic, including the Mule Barn and Rutherford’s Tavern — which have both been standing since 1834! As you stroll the picturesque grounds, be sure to check out the farm’s incredible seasonal attractions, including a corn maze, a honey-producing beehive, and an enormous patch full of pumpkins and gourds ready for carving, baking, or decorating.
8.) The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival
Looking to kick off the fall season in Chicagoland’s North Shore? Then the Highwood Pumpkin Festival should be high on your fall bucket list. Running in mid-October in downtown Highwood, the Pumpkin Festival helps benefit Make-A-Wish Illinois, and is home to plenty of fun attractions and events, including costume contests, pumpkin carving, food vendors, trick-or-treating, a pet parade, and carnival rides.
9.) Johansen Farms
Located in Bolingbrook, Johansen Farms Children’s Zoo and Pumpkin Patch is a must-visit fall destination. If you’re looking to count the reasons why, you could start with a great big number — 25,000, to be exact. That’s how many pumpkins you’ll find in Johansen Farms’ sprawling pumpkin patch. In addition to its beautiful bounty of pumpkins, Johansen Farms is also home to an open air autumn market offering up fresh pies and local honey, as well as gorgeous mums and other fall flowers. For the kids, there’s a petting zoo, miniature golf, carnival rides, a corn maze, and much more.
10.) Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farms
Up near the Wisconsin border, in Waukegan, Illinois, is a true seasonal staple. Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm is home to a wide variety of pumpkins specially bred to come in a range of stunning shapes and sizes, so you’re sure to find your ideal crop whether you’re looking for the perfect option to bake a pie, carve a jack-o-lantern, or create a stunning centerpiece. Alongside the pumpkins, you’ll find a corn maze, a petting zoo, and educational hayrides that help visitors get close to Illinois’ rich agricultural heritage.
Baird & Warner: Helping You Discover Chicagoland Since 1855
At Baird & Warner, we’re all about connecting people with the best things to see, do, and experience around Chicagoland. After all, we’ve been a part of this community since 1855. That’s a lot of cool autumn days and festive hay rides under our belt!
Whether you’re getting ready to sell, looking for a new home, or just want a recommendation on a hidden gem to try out when the leaves start to change color, we’re here to keep the conversation going. At Baird & Warner, we get you, and we’ll help you find exactly what you’re looking for — while making the real estate experience easier, at every step of the way.