Local farms know if they build it, we will come. By “it”, we mean acres of intricate corn mazes to get lost in with your kids. A lot of them have added bells and whistles like petting zoos and pumpkin doughnuts. Lace up those walking shoes and check out this year’s crop of corn mazes near Chicago.
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Home to the world’s largest maze, it’s go big or go home at Richardson. This sprawling attraction includes 5 separate maze games winding through 33 acres of live corn. In honor of Star Trek’s 50th, this year’s maze theme is 50 Years of Star Trek. Meander through thickets of corn and up the ante by participating in games. The trail includes five games that range from solving puzzles to map reading that keep the littles engaged. In addition to the corny fun, kids can glide on zip lines, cheer for pig races, mosey through pumpkin patches, go for wagon rides and loads more.
Corn maze is included in the farm’s general admission ($14.50/ages 13 & up; $12.50/ages 4-12; free for ages 3 & under)
9405 Richardson Rd.
Konow’s Corn Maze
A huge indoor western playland, grain trains, straw playgrounds, pony rides and more make this Homer Glen attraction a fall favorite. The keystones of the operation are the corn mazes — one large and one small. Depending on how much stamina your kids have, you could either spend a chunk of the day winding your way through the larger 3.4-mile maze or the much smaller .4-mile version. They’re equally rewarding.
Corn maze is included in general admission (Mon.-Fri., $9; Sat. & Sun., $10; free for ages 2 & under)
16849 S. Cedar Rd.
photo: Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm
Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm
Each year, the cornfields at this farm are cut into elaborate circuits, and this year’s field has a fall farm theme, with the words “Fun on the Farm 2016” stamped in the field. Designed for your entire clan, Kroll’s has hayrides ($3/person), a petting zoo with goats, donkeys, sheep and turkeys and a pumpkin patch.
Corn maze costs $7/person (ages 13 & older); $5/person (ages 12 & under); free for ages 3 & under.
13236 W. Town Line Rd.
photo: Odyssey Fun Farm
Odyssey Fun Farm
Romp around 110 acres in Tinley Park and enjoy a pumpkin patch, inflatables zone, zip line, hay rides, a petting zoo and the crown-jewel corn maze. The maze itself is 15 acres with the theme “Peanuts – 50 years of the The Great Pumpkin”. In case that seems like a lot walking for little feet, the farm also features a pint-sized hay maze. Brave souls may also be interested in the twilight flashlight maze, wherein visitors peruse the maze at night. Don’t worry … it’s not haunted.
Corn maze is included in general admission ($12/person; free for ages 2 & under)
19111 S. Oak Park Ave.
photo: County Line Orchard
County Line Orchard
Just over the Indiana border lies an awe-inspiring orchard complete with pumpkin doughnuts, concessions, apples galore and corn mazes. In honor of this being an election year, the farmland crated a “Vote 2016” maze with the faces of Clinton and Trump stamped into the corn. Once you’re all maze-d out, pick apples and peruse the massive barn to get your fill of fudge and other farm essentials.
Access to the maze is $7-$10/person
200 S. County Line Rd.
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch
The annual fall festival is underway in Hampshire. Through October 31, the farm opens its gates to visitors clambering for homemade fudge and caramel apples and those eager to ride the ponies and take a run through the mazes. The mazes here come in two varieties: a larger corn maze good for slightly older children and a “munchkin maze” ideal for younger kids. Another special asset at Goebbert’s is its array of exotic animals. Kids can get close to giraffes, kangaroos and even tiger cubs. In addition to pony rides, they can go on a camel ride as well.
Corn maze is included in general admission ($8/weekdays; $10/weekends; free for ages 2 & under)
42W813 Reinking Rd.
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This apple-picking oasis is also home to one stellar corn maze. While mostly renowned for its extensive apple orchards, the 10-acre corny adventure should not be overlooked. And with three miles of pathways and two bridges, it’s almost impossible to overlook. This year’s maze theme was created with Culvers as a way to say “Thank you Farmers”. There’s also a nighttime haunted version for the brave corn stalkers.
Admission is $5 for children and adults; free for ages 2 & under
19412 S. Shabbona Rd.
photo: Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm
Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm
With more than 20 attractions on hand, Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm in Crest Hill, truly is a solid catch-all for kids of all ages and interests, whether said interests include pumpkin-picking, pony rides, climbing walls, jellies and jams, hay rides, or even “zombie” paintball. Then of course there’s the corn maze, open weekends through October 31. Spanning 15 acres, the corn maze contains 5 miles of winding pathways. This year’s maze theme is dedicated to the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
Corn maze is included in general admission ($15/person; free for ages 2 & under)
17250 S. Weaver Rd.
Which corn maze do you plan on getting lost in this year? Let us know in the Comments!
— Maria Chambers