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Take Your Pick! Best Pumpkin Patches in the City & Suburbs

A pumpkin spice latte shouldn’t be your only taste of the season. Endless fields of orange gourds are only a tractor ride away. We have the scoop on the best pumpkin patches in the countryside (aka: suburbs) that pack fun extras like food, petting zoos, entertainment and carnival rides. For urban fun, you’ll also find pop-up patches in Chicago parks.

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SUBURBAN ESCAPES

Sonny Acres Farm
Halloween lovers flip for the novelty shop, costume selection and seasonal decorations. But we adore this farm for the sheer variety of activities. Pick your pumpkin from piles near the entrance and venture to the grassy area in back for carnival rides, a giant slide and a kids’ play area complete with mini (non-scary) corn mazes. The hayrides are highlights; they sweep you on a leisurely 15-minute jaunt through the woods. There are haunted nighttime hayrides in late October for daredevils.

Fall harvest festival open through October 31
Admission is free (there is a fee for rides and most activities)
29W310 North Ave.
West Chicago
630-231-3859
Online: sonnyacres.com

Didier Farms
The pumpkin selection at this rural gem goes beyond your typical orange roundie. Pumpkins come in speckled, green, white or orange, putting a twist on the jack-o-lantern. Kids can run through the U-pick vegetable fields and bring home fresh tomatoes, cauliflower, cabbage, eggplant, and sweet and hot peppers. During Pumpkinfest, there are hayrides, pony rides and an exotic petting zoo.

Pumpkingfest open through October 31
Admission is free (there is a fee for rides and activities)
16678 Aptakisic Rd.
Lincolnshire
847-634-3291
Online: didierfarms.com

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Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch
Kids will go gaga for just about everything here. Start the day by watching a pig race (weekends only) and then check out the rest of the barnyard animals, as well as kangaroos and giraffes. Older kids will love watching the pumpkin-eating dinosaur (a huge, moving statue) and jumping on the huge inflatable “pillow.” There are also pony rides, camel rides and wagon rides in addition to the corn maze and pumpkin patch.

Open through October 31
Admission is free (there is a fee for rides and activities)
42W813 Reinking Rd.
Hampshire
847-464-5952
Online: goebbertspumpkinpatch.com

County Line Orchard
This oasis may be better known for its apples, but you’ll also find pumpkins that are almost as big as a small child. Jump on the tractor and head out to the patch to pick out your favorite. The kids’ farm has a gaggle of activities, including a mini maze, toddler play area and Chickville, where little ones can see baby chicks hatch.

Open through October 31
Admission is free
200 S. County Line Rd.
Hobart, Indiana
219-947-4477
Online: countylineorchard.com

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Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm
Located about an hour from the city, Bengtson’s is the amusement park of pumpkin fun. Admission is steep (around $10-$12), but includes unlimited turns on five kiddie rides, from spinning honey pots to flying frogs. Look for the stages throughout where animatronic skeletons and other Halloween friends do spooky-silly shows. There is also a kid village — new this year — that has pint-sized buildings for tykes to explore. Bring your camera as they pose behind bars in jail or explore gear in a mini fire station.

Open through October 31
Admission is $9.99 on weekdays; $11.99 on weekends; free for ages 3 and under
13341 W. 151st St.
Homer Glen
708-301-3276
Online: pumpkinfarm.com

Stade’s Farm & Market
The choices for fun are endless at this McHenry County farm. During its annual Shades of Autumn Festival, adventurers can shoot corn out of cannons, race pedal cars or climb up the tractor tire pyramid. Be sure to take a tractor ride out to the pumpkin patch to grab a gourd for home.

Open through October 31
Admission is free (there is a fee for some rides and activities)
3709 Miller Rd.
McHenry
815-675-6396
Online: stadesfarmandmarket.com

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Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm
Just outside of Joliet, you’ll find the farm that pulls out all the stops for its annual Pumpkin Fest. Explore three different play areas, a variety of train rides and giant slides. Look for the pumpkin princess for a photo op and go for a hayride through the country. And be sure to squeeze the whole family into the giant 100-year-old rocking chair before playing in Kelsi’s Corny Crib, a giant sandbox filled with ground corn.

Pumpkin Fest open through October 31
Admission is $10 on weekdays and $12 on weekends
17250 S. Weber Rd.
Crest Hill, Illinois
800-304-3276
Online: ourpumpkinfarm.com

Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm
This Waukegan farm is all about teaching its tiny tourists about farm life. The honeybee corn maze is a fun way to explore. Or you can visit the petting zoo to see mini donkeys and take a hayride to get schooled on crops.

Open through November 3
Admission is $7 for ages 13 and older; $5 for ages 12 and under; free for ages 3 and under
13236 W. Town Line Rd.
Waukegan
847-662-5733
Online: krollsfarm.com

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PATCHES IN CHICAGO

Shabbona Park Pumpkin Patch
Head to the northwest side for a pumpkin decorating station, Halloween-themed carnival games, petting zoo, pony rides and temporary tattoos. Bring your camera to take a family picture at the harvest photo station.

Held October 5, 10 a.m.-2 pm.
Admission is free (nominal fee per activity)
6935 W. Addison St.
773-685-6205

Cornucopia at Eugene Field
This favorite has a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, face painting and live entertainment. Food trucks will roll up to hawk seasonal treats.

Held October 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission is free (nominal fee per activity)
5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.
773-478-9744

Nichols Park Pumpkin Patch
There’s sweet, simple country-style fun at this one. Think hayrides, pony rides, food, games, arts and crafts, face painting and a photo area.

Held October 5, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission is free (nominal fee per activity)
1355 E. 53rd St.
312-747-2703

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Humboldt Park Pumpkin Patch
Fall fun sweeps into Humboldt Park. Head to this patch for arts and crafts, face painting, inflatables, taffy apples, games, popcorn, treats and pumpkins … lots of pumpkins.

Held October 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission is free
1440 N. Sacramento Dr.
312-742-7549

Hale Park Pumpkin Patch
There’s fun on the South Side at this patch featuring hayrides, pony rides, food, games, arts and crafts, treats, face painting and a photo area.

Held October 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission is free (nominal fee per activity)
6258 W. 62nd St.
773-229-1032

Indian Boundary Park Pumpkin Patch
Breeze by this biggie for Halloween-themed carnival games, a petting zoo, pony rides, temporary tattoos and a harvest photo station.

Held October 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission is free (nominal fee per activity)
2500 W. Lunt Ave.
773-262-8658

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Dvorak Park Pumpkin Patch
Celebrate autumn at the annual pumpkin patch sponsored by 25th Ward Alderman Danny Solis.

Held October 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission is free (nominal fee per activity)
1119 W. Cullerton St.
312-746-5083

Rainey Park Pumpkin Patch
Hop on a hayrides, ride ponies, play games, do arts and crafts, eat treats, get your face painted and ham it up in the a photo area.

Held October 19, 11 am.-3 p.m.
Admission is free (nominal fee per activity)
4350 W. 79th St.
773-284-0696

Skinner Park Pumpkin Patch
Play games, burn energy in a bounce house, meet animals at a petting zoo and munch on popcorn.

Held October 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Admission is free
1331 W. Monroe St.
312-746-5560

Hayes Park Pumpkin Patch
This pumpkin patch has all the favorites: hayrides, pony rides, food, games, arts and crafts, snacks, face painting and a photo area.

Held October 26, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission is free (nominal fee per activity)
2936 W. 85th St.
312-747-6177

Which pumpkin patch will you head to this year? Let us know in the Comments section below.

— Samantha Lande

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Photos: Courtesy of Sonny Acres Farms, Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch, Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm, Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm, Chicago Park District

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