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25 Best Pumpkin Patches in the Chicago Area (2023)

Chicagoans love fall for many reasons, but one of the most popular activities during this season is visiting pumpkin patches. Whether you’re looking for the perfect pumpkin to carve, a fun family outing, or just a scenic drive in the countryside, there are plenty of pumpkin patches around Chicago to choose from.

Here are some of the best pumpkin patches in the Chicagoland area and what makes them stand out!

market with giant pumpkin water tower
Goebbert’s in Pingree Grove

1. Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch

Website | Pingree Grove and South Barrington

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch is definitely one of the biggest pumpkin farms, and they actually have two locations, one in Pingree Grove and one in South Barrington. We’ve been to the Pingree Grove location, and there is so much to do! We actually chose this location because of its proximity to Deicke Park, a truly perfect playground, but the pumpkin patch actually has a fantastic playground!

You could easily spend the whole day there. We are a “get-there-right-when-it opens” family and that was a mistake here.

While we had a great time, a lot of the food vendors weren’t open, and some of the attractions, like the famous pumpkin eating dinosaur, weren’t operating yet. I’d recommend aiming to get here at 11:30 or later, and plan to spend multiple hours here.

They also sell smash burgers, tacos, tamales, pretzels, and they have a variety of adult beverages. It’s truly fun for the whole family, and Goebbert’s will definitely become a family tradition.

*Tip* If you buy tickets in advance, pay attention to which location you purchased the tickets for. They say they won’t offer refunds if you show up at the wrong location, and you won’t be admitted. Also, kids 2 and under are FREE. I didn’t realize this, and they’ve actually been very helpful refunding the ticket for my 1-year-old son.

Here are just SOME of the activities at Goebbert’s:

  • pony rides
  • camel rides
  • train rides
  • straw bales in a maze for small kids
  • a haunted house
  • a giant pumpkin slide
  • weekend pig races
  • face painting
  • a playground
  • food trucks
  • and more!

2. Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm

Website | 13341 W 151st St, Homer Glen, IL 60491

Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm is a family-owned and operated farm that has been in business for over 40 years. In addition to plenty of pumpkins, Bengtson’s also has:

  • a petting zoo with farm animals
  • a haunted barn
  • kiddie rides
  • carnival rides for the whole family
  • gem mining
  • tractor town
  • hay rides
  • “Little House on the Scary” —an adorable kid-friendly haunted house
  • and more!

3. Kuipers Family Farm

Website | 1N145 Watson Rd, Maple Park, IL 60151

Kuipers Family Farm is one of the best places in the Chicago area for your family tradition of visiting a pumpkin farm. This family-owned farm has a tulip festival in the spring, a sunflower farm at the end of the summer, an apple orchard, and a great fall festival with plenty of options for family fun.

Kuiper’s has an adorable farm market where you can buy fresh produce, baked goods, and other fall decorations. Some other activities you can find at Kuipers Family Farm are:

  • a cow train
  • a giant fun slide
  • a jumping pillow
  • a maze of hay bales
  • duck races
  • a haunted forest
  • a woodland walk
  • and more!

4. Odyssey Fun Farm

Website | 18900 South Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, IL 60477

Odyssey Fun Farm is a 110-acre farm and a great place to celebrate the fall season. Some activities you’ll find at Odyssey Fun Farm are:

  • a corn stalk maze
  • a corn cannon
  • a pumpkin house
  • a yellow brick road
  • a cow train
  • a super mega slide
  • and more!

5. Richardson Adventure Farm

Website | 909 English Prairie Rd, Spring Grove

Richardson Adventure Farm is special for a few reasons. You have the opportunity to pick your own pumpkin in their U-Pick Pumpkin Patch. Free wagon rides takes you to the pumpkin patches and back.

They also proudly have the World’s Largest Corn Maze, and this year’s theme is Jurassic Park!

During other times of the year, they have a tulip festival, craft beer festival, sunflower festival, and they even sell Christmas trees in the winter! Other activities you can find at Richardson Adventure Farm:

  • a farm carousel
  • train rides
  • a zip line
  • a 150-foot slide
  • bunnyville
  • gem stone mining
  • a play area for little kids
  • and more!

6. Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm

Website |  17250 S. Weber Road, Lockport

Siegel’s Cottownwood Farm is a 4th-generation family farm that operates all year-round. They are great place for pumpkin picking because you can actually pick your favorite pumpkin off the vine! Their attractions are well spaced around the farm, so you rarely have to wait in line. In addition to pumpkins, Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm has:

  • farm animals
  • a giant spider web
  • bee yurts
  • a ghost train
  • giant games
  • a baby chick nursery
  • and more!
girl on a hay bayle maze

7. Happy Times Pumpkin Fest

Website | 16678 W. Aptakisic Road, Lincolnshire

Happy Times Pumpkin Fest takes place at Didier Farms in Lincolnshire. What’s unique about Happy Times Pumpkin Fest is they offer FREE admission, and then you pay for individual activities. This could definitely lead to significant savings if you don’t think your kids will participate in many activities. They have a pumpkin patch, a family-friendly corn maze, and a farmstand with apple cider donuts, caramel apples, and more treats.

They also have:

  • mechanical rides
  • camel rides
  • a silly string asylum
  • horse-drawn wagon rides
  • an agricultural show
  • pumpkin playland
  • farm animals
  • and more!

8. Sonny Acres Farm

Website | 29W310 North Ave, West Chicago, IL 60185

Sonny Acres Farm is a family-owned and operated farm in West Chicago. What’s unique about Sonny Acres Farm is they have a haunted hayride featuring live actors, dynamic scenery, animatronics, pyrotechnics, vibrant lighting, music, sound effects, and more. This is a great introductory haunted experience for kids! They also have a haunted barn. Their fall festival includes:

  • amusement rides
  • a jumping pillow
  • a petting zoo
  • hayrides
  • and more!

9. Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm

Website | 13236 W Townline Rd, Waukegan, IL 60087

Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm is unique in that there is no admission fee on weekdays, but there is a general admission fee on weekends/Columbus Day and timed entry is required.

They have:

  • a corn maze
  • pumpkins
  • a petting zoo
  • concessions
  • a gift shop
  • agricultural education opportunities

10. Johansen Farms and Children’s Zoo

Website | 710 W Boughton Road, Bolingbrook

Johansen Farms and Children’s Zoo has a FREE farm market, pumpkin patch, and bakery (unless you purchase items, of course). There is a fee for the Children’s Zoo and rides, but admission prices are a bit lower than other places. If you purchase access to the rides and zoo, you can experience:

  • a miniature golf course
  • train rides
  • two-story slides
  • a corn maze
  • inflatables
  • and more!

11. Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up

Website | 1265 W Le Moyne St, Chicago

Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up is a great way to experience fall activities without leaving the city. This pop-up has become very popular over the years, and while there are plenty of kid-friendly activities during the day, it gets boozy at night so the operators recommend bringing kids before 7:00pm. There are multiple packages you can choose from, and kids 4 and under are free.

Some highlights of Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up:

  • straw mazes
  • 10,000+ pumpkins
  • carnival games
  • fall displays for photo ops
  • apple cider doughnuts
  • cocktails for the adults!
barn and sign that says pumpkin patch with corn stalks

12. Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch

Website | 17904 Grant St, Lowell, IN 46356

Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch is a family farm in Northwest Indiana that has a beloved fall festival. This year they have a Reba McEntire-themed corn maze which is hilarious. They also have a kiddie corn stalk maze, and many other family-friendly attractions.

They also host a pumpkin glow trail of jack-o-lanterns which looks super impressive. This is NOT included in the fall festival, but definitely looks worthwhile.

Attractions at the fall festival include:

  • amusement rides
  • rubber duck races
  • a jumping pillow
  • gem mining
  • hayrides
  • a petting zoo
  • and more!

13. Abbey Farms Pumpkin Daze

Website | 2855 Hart Road, Aurora, IL 60502

Abbey Farms is a 40-acre pumpkin farm filled with family fun. In addition to the acres of pumpkins, they have:

  • tractor rides
  • hamster wheel races
  • a log balance beam course
  • go-karts
  • a rope maze challenge
  • a petting zoo
  • zip lines
  • a pirate ship adventure
  • and more!

14. Konow’s Corn Maze

Website | 16849 S Cedar Road, Homer Glen

Known for its corn stalks, Konow’s Corn Maze has pumpkins and so much more! This place is unique because there is a substantial amount of indoor activities which can be useful when it rains.

Some activities include:

  • a straw playground
  • a grain train
  • jumping pillows
  • pony rides
  • duck races
  • corn pits
  • indoor western town
  • plinko
  • an animal barn
  • a bounce house
  • “the vortex”
  • bat shows
  • live music

15. Dave’s Pumpkins

Website | 9112 Algonquin Road, Huntley

Dave’s Pumpkins is awesome because it’s FREE admission, FREE parking, and any size pumpkin is only $9!

They also have:

  • pumpkin bowling
  • a haunted hayride that’s not too scary for little ones
  • donuts
  • a mini corn maze
overhead shot of apple cider donuts on board with apple

16. Cosley Zoo Pumpkin Fest

Website | 1356 Gary Ave., Wheaton

Cosley Zoo is an adorable little zoo in Wheaton, and they have a pumpkin fest throughout October! Buy some pumpkins, enjoy some rides, and see some of the animals at this little zoo.

*Hot Tip* Cosley Zoo is an AZA reciprocal zoo. Their membership is $75 per family and it gets you into Cosley Zoo for free, the Milwaukee Zoo for free, the Shedd Aquarium for 50% off and so much more. We are members and it paid for itself in one visit to the Milwaukee Zoo!

17. All Seasons Orchard

Website | 14510 Illinois Route 176, Woodstock

All Seasons Orchard is one of our favorite places to go apple picking, but it’s also a fantastic place to pick your pumpkins for the season. They have a ton of fall activities, great food, and it’s located in the charming town of Woodstock–filming location of Groundhog Day.

Some attractions include:

  • a bubble barn
  • a goat bridge
  • bunny village
  • giant swings
  • a bee observation station
  • ropes course
  • pedal karts
  • and more!

18. Bronkberry Farms

Website | 18061 South Bronk Road, Plainfield

Bronkberry Farms is a bit more chill than many of the other farms, and they limit their fall festival to Columbus Day weekend. They still offer pumpkin picking, apple picking, mums, caramel apples, and Halloween decorations throughout the fall season.

This is the perfect place if you want less of a commercial vibe or you don’t like petting zoos at pumpkin patches.

apples in basket on fall grass

19. Jonamac Orchard

Website | 19412 S. Shabbona Road, Malta

Jonamac Orchards has 25-acres of apple trees and a 12-acre pumpkin patch! They offer pre-picked pumpkins or U-Pick pumpkins.

They also have:

  • a haunted corn maze
  • campfire sites
  • live music and food trucks
  • a corn crib play barn
  • a pumpkin house
  • and more!

20. Stade’s Farm and Market

Website |  3709 Miller Road, McHenry

State’s Farm and Market is a super popular pumpkin farm and apple orchard for good reason! They have tons of local produce and a fantastic market.

Their fall festival includes:

  • a ferris wheel
  • a giant sandbox
  • slide mountain
  • a pumpkin cannon
  • veggie cars
  • a tractor pull
  • a carousel
  • tetherball
  • and more!

21. Tom and Zach’s Pumpkin Patch

Website | 15725 W. Bruce Road, Lockport

Tom and Zach’s Pumpkin Patch is a no-frills pumpkin patch for families looking for a more authentic experience. There are no rides, petting zoos, or apple cider donuts. You go cut your own pumpkin off the vine and take it home. There’s FREE parking, free admission, and pumpkins range from $1-7.

22. Cody’s Farm

Website | 19502 River Road, Marengo

Cody’s Farm is a local farm that offers FREE admission, FREE parking, a FREE hayride to the pumpkin patch, and a FREE kids’ play area. The only things you’ll pay for are the pumpkins, food, or fall decorations.

This is a great place for people who want some of the activities but an affordable day.

23. Garwood Orchards

Website | 5911 W 50 S, La Porte, IN 46350

Garwood Orchards is a perfect place to pick your own apples, pumpkins, and tons of other local produce. They don’t have a fall festival, so this is a visit much more focused on the produce.

24. Royal Oak Farm Orchard

Website | 15908 Hebron Rd, Harvard, IL 60033

Royal Oak Farm Orchard is an apple orchard and pumpkin patch with a restaurant! They also have some activities like a farm carousel, playground, train, and petting zoo.

25. Pumpkin Patches in Local Parks

Website | Various Locations

The Chicago Park District actually brings some pumpkins to local parks! There is one

at Horner Park on October 14th

and Hamlin Park on October 21st.

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