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Our Ultimate Guide to Pumpkin Patches

Give Charlie Brown a run for his money and find your great pumpkin. We dug deep to bring you a list of the best destination pumpkin patches as well as pop-patches in the city. Slip on your comfy jeans, warm your face on the steam of a hot apple cider, breathe the crisp air, and listen to the crunch of leaves underfoot as you hoof your way through these great places.

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photo: Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm

DESTINATION PUMPKIN PATCHES

Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm
You can pack a full day’s worth of fun that goes well beyond the pumpkin patch at this gem located about an hour southwest of Chicago. General admission includes unlimited turns on six kiddie rides including the Hootenanny train through Pumpkin Junction, 14-person Happy Swing, 90-foot-tall mega fun slide, and spinning t-cup honey pots; pig races that occur 10 times daily; tractor-pulled hayrack ride; adorable furry fun in the petting zoo; a walk through Kid Village with tot-sized fire station, school house and jail; and lots more. New for this season, “my Donut Lady” will be baking apple cider donuts fresh daily.

13341 W. 151st St.
Homer Glen
708-301-3276
Online: pumpkinfarm.com

Sonny Acres Farm
Shutterbugs looking for a prime pumpkin patch photo to Instagram will love the mountainous spread of pumpkins of varying shapes, sizes and colors sitting under the watchful eye of scarecrows and ghostly wooden cutouts. Allow time for play and visit the Dizzy Zone spinning tunnel, make friends at the petting zoo, enjoy a ride atop a friendly pony, take a 15-minute tractor-pulled wagon ride, and tiptoe into the spook shed that’s just the right amount of scary for the littles. Come ready to snack because food stands with taffy apples, elephant ears, brats and spiced cider are scattered in the patch. If you’re still on the lookout for the perfect Halloween costume and decorations, don’t fret because they have a novelty shop with masks, wigs and costumes, plus a farm market with gourds, squash and Indian corn.

29W310 North Ave.
West Chicago
630-231-3859
Online: sonnyacres.com

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photo: Didier Farms / Tisia Joseph

Didier Farms
Put an unexpected colorful twist on Halloween by going beyond the typical orange roundie and select one of the speckled, green or white pumpkins instead. New this year to Didier is the Pumpkin Playland, where kids can walk in the hamster-like wheel of the Rat Racers, play corn hole, conquer a straw bale mountain, and weave their way through corn stalk or kiddie straw mazes. Get up-close and personal with a zebra in the exotic petting zoo, take a leisurely stroll on a camel or chat it up with the parakeets in the Animal Land Zoo.

16678 Aptakisic Rd.
Lincolnshire
847-634-3291
Online: didierfarms.com

County Line Orchard
Well known for their u-pick apple orchard, County Line is also a stop for your fall-inspired favorites like pumpkins as big as a small child, gourds, squash, hay bales, Indian corn, corn stalks, zinnias, sunflowers and mums. Kids can experience feeding time for Peter the Pumpkin-Eating Dino every hour on the weekends, the miracle of birth bird-style in Chickville, and a wide variety of animals like miniature horses, pigs and donkeys, turkeys, chickens, guineas, llamas and goats in the kids farm.

200 County Line Rd.
Hobart, In
219-947-4477
Online: countylineorchard.com

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photo: Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch / Julia Shell

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch
A visit to Goebbert’s has been a long-held tradition for local families since they opened their roadside pumpkin stand in 1978. Not only do they have a fantastic assortment of pumpkins eager to adorn your fall displays, but kids will leave with happy memories of the 1/2-mile tour aboard the Pumpkin Express, watching the weekend pig races, experiencing the insatiable appetite of the giant mechanical pumpkin-eating dinosaur and wandering through the corn stalk maze. Don’t leave without a stop into the petting farm where you’ll be greeted by a mama pig and her piglets, the furry residents of Bunny Town, llamas, cows, fuzzy chicks, and goats looking down from atop the 25-foot wooden Goat Mountain, as well as an impressive assortment of exotic animals.

42W813 Reinking Rd.
Hampshire
847-464-5952
Online: goebbertspumpkinpatch.com

Stade’s Farm and Market
The Shades of Autumn Festival has been a family favorite since it’s inception in 1995. Visitors can hitch a tractor ride to the patch to select their perfect pumpkin and gourds, take aim with a corn-launching cannon, race pedal cars, bounce to new heights on the all new jumping pillow or ascend the tractor tire pyramid.

3709 Mill Rd.
McHenry
815-675-6396
Online: stadesfarmandmarket.com

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 photo: Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm
Located just outside of Joliet, Siegel’s offers 40 acres of family fun with more than 20 attractions, including a tractor ride to their u-pick pumpkin patch, included in the general admission price. Explore three different play areas that offer physical play, see the farm in style by taking a ride on the Ghost Town Railroad, squeeze in relaxation for the whole family when you sit back in the giant 100-year-old rocking chair, and make a corn angel in Kelsi’s Corny Crib that’s similar to a sandbox but with corn.

17250 S. Weber Rd.
Crest Hill
800-304-3276
Online: ourpumpkinfarm.com

Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm
Whether you want to bake, carve or decorate, Kroll’s carries many specialty breed pumpkins that vary in size, color and shape ready for you to load up in their pumpkin carts. Hayrides with a focus on educating visitors on farming (crop rotation, hay versus straw, pollination) and the crops they grow (gourds, corn, pumpkins) are offered for $3 per person. Continue the education with a visit to the donkeys, sheep, goats, chickens and turkeys and learn about each from one of the knowledgeable employees.

13236 W. Town Line Rd.
Waukegan
847-662-5733
Online: krollsfarm.com

chicago-park-district-general-patches photo: Chicago Park District

CHICAGO PATCHES

Pumpkin Patch at Lincoln Park CC
Lincoln Park brings a dash of country to the north side offering pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Personalize your favorite at the pumpkin decorating station, enjoy Halloween-themed carnival games, a petting zoo, pony rides and spooky tattoos.

Held October 4, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
2045 N. Lincoln Park West
Lincoln Park
312-742-7726
Online: chicagoparkdistrict.com

Pumpkin Patch at Nichols
Bring your tiny goblins for a spooky good time at this pop-up pumpkin patch featuring pony rides, food, Halloween-themed games and arts and crafts, face painting, hay rides, pictures and lots more.

Held October 4, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
1355 E. 53rd St.
Hyde Park
312-747-2703
Online: chicagoparkdistrict.com

Cornucopia Fall Fest at Eugene Field
Pack your day with a cornucopia of fall fun that’s so much more than just a pumpkin patch. Local artist sell their creative wares with a backdrop of pony rides, petting zoo, inflatables and food trucks itching to fill rumbling tummies.

Held October 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.
North Side
773-478-9744
Online: chicagoparkdistrict.com

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 photo: Chicago Park District

Harvest Fest at Indian Boundary
Walk the makeshift patch to find your pumpkins big and small, round and tall and personalize them at the decorating station. Bring your newly decorated friend along for the Halloween-themed carnival games, petting zoo, pony rides and maybe even end the day faux-inking yourself with temporary tats.

Held October 5, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
2500 W. Lunt Ave.
North Side
773-764-0338
Online: chicagoparkdistrict.com

Pumpkin Patch (Deaf and Hard of Hearing) at Hale
Held especially for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Chicago Kids and Parents Club, along with hearing siblings and hearing youth of deaf parents. Peruse the patch, join in on the pony rides, games, arts and crafts, face painting, hayrides, pictures and sweet treats.

Held October 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
6258 W. 62nd St.
Chicago
773-229-1032
Online: chicagoparkdistrict.com

Fall Fest at Athletic Field
Enjoy a day at the park jam packed full of fun fall activities. Select your favorite pumpkin, enjoy the petting zoo and pony rides, and satisfy your sweet tooth with yummy treats.

Held October 11-12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
3546 W. Addison St.
Chicago
773-478-2889
Online: athleticfieldpark.com

chicago-park-district-general-pumpkins photo: Chicago Park District

Pumpkin Patch at Wrightwood
Halloween-themed carnival games, petting zoo, pony rides, tattoos and pumpkin decorating station add a little pizzazz to your pumpkin-picking experience.

Held October 18, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
2534 N. Greenview Ave.
Lincoln Park
312-742-7816
Online: chicagoparkdistrict.com

Harvest Festival at NPV
North Park Village Nature Center is holding its 23rd annual Harvest Festival with highlights including a scarecrow building contest, children’s nature crafts, storytelling, live music, farmers market where you’ll find pumpkins and fall produce, and seasonal refreshments.

Held October 18-19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
5801 N. Pulaski Rd.
Chicago
312-744-5472
Online: chicagoparkdistrict.com

Pumpkin Patch at Shabbona
Throw on your overalls and hit the field to select your pumpkin for carving or completing your fall display. Stay for hours of fun with Halloween-themed carnival games, petting zoo, pony rides and tattoos.

Held October 19, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
6935 W. Addison St.
Chicago
773-685-6205
Online: chicagoparkdistrict.com

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 photo: Chicago Park District

Pumpkin Patch at Gage
Have your face painted, enjoy a hay or pony ride, play games, create arts and crafts projects, munch on sweet treats and carry, roll or drag home your pick from the pumpkin patch.

Held October 19, noon-4 p.m.
2411 W. 55th St.
Chicago
312-747-6147
Online: chicagoparkdistrict.com

Pumpkin Patch at Horner
Don’t forget your camera because the harvest photo station onsite helps capture the smiles from a day filled with Halloween-themed carnival games, petting zoo animals, pony rides, and the ever-important pumpkin picking.

Held October 25, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
2741 W. Montrose Ave.
Chicago
773-478-3499
Online: chicagoparkdistrict.com

Pumpkin Patch at Hayes
Bring your goblins for a spooky good time complete with pony rides, games, arts and crafts, face painting, treats, hayrides and a pumpkin patch.

Held October 25, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
2936 W. 85th St.
Chicago
312-747-6177
Online: chicagoparkdistrict.com

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 photo: Chicago Park District

Pumpkin Patch at Portage
Spice up your pumpkin at the decorating station, then hit up the carnival games, petting zoo, pony rides and ink yourself with temporary tattoos. Capture a day of smiles at the harvest-themed photo station.

Held October 26, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
4100 N. Long Ave.
Chicago
773-685-7235
Online: chicagoparkdistrict.com

Pumpkin Patch at Veteran’s Memorial
Take advantage of one of the last days to gather your pumpkins before Halloween and hit up this pop-up pumpkin patch. Before you head home to carve, enjoy a pony ride, games, arts and crafts, hayrides and face painting.

Held October 26, noon-4 p.m.
2820 E. 98th St.
Chicago
312-747-6812
Online: chicagoparkdistrict.com

What is your favorite pumpkin patch? Shout it out in the Comments!

— Maria Barnes

 

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