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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1. 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.
Open Sep. 17-Oct. 30; Sun.-Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Corn maze is included in general admission (Mon.-Fri., $9; Sat. & Sun., $10; free for ages 2 & under)
16849 S. Cedar Rd.
2. 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.
Opens Sep. 16; Mon.-Thurs., noon-7 p.m.; Fri., noon-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Corn maze costs $7/ages 13 & older; $5/ages 12 & under; free for ages 3 & under.
13236 W. Town Line Rd.
photo: Richardson Farm
3. Richardson Farm
Home to the world’s largest maze, it’s go big or go home at Richardson. This sprawling attraction includes 4 separate mazes that make up 9-10 miles of trails winding through 28 acres of live corn. In honor of the Cub’s big win, this year’s maze theme is “World Champs”. 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.
Open Sep. 2-Oct. 29; Wed. & Thurs., 3 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., noon-10 p.m.
Corn maze is included in the farm’s general admission ($16/ages 13 & up; $13/ages 4-12; free for ages 3 & under)
9405 Richardson Rd.
4. 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 and pays tribute to Odyssey’s mascot, Chipper. 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 . . . or is it? (It’s not.)
Open Sep. 23-Oct. 29; Daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Closed Sep. 26 & 27 and Oct. 3 & 4)
Corn maze is included in general admission ($12/person; free for ages 2 & under)
19111 S. Oak Park Ave.
5. 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 our World Series winning Cubs, the farmland created a Cubs maze, as well Albanese and “Thank You Farmers” themed mazes. Once you’re all maze-d out, pick apples and peruse the massive barn to get your fill of fudge and other farm essentials.
Open daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Access to the maze is $7-$10/person
200 S. County Line Rd.
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6. 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.
Open Sep. 1-Oct. 31; Sep., Daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Halloween, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Corn maze is included in general admission ($12/weekdays; $15/weekends; free for ages 2 & under)
42W813 Reinking Rd.
7. Jonamac Orchard
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. There’s also a nighttime haunted version for the brave corn stalkers.
Open Sep. 2-Oct. 29; Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission is $5 for children and adults; free for ages 2 & under
19412 S. Shabbona Rd.
8. Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm
With 30 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 theme is “Chicago Cubs #FLYTHEW”.
Open Sep. 23-Oct. 31; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
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