Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2014

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2014 - Toddling Around Chicagoland #apple #Chicago #Upick

I may have said this last year (and the year before, and maybe the year before that…), but apple picking is one of my very favorite annual traditions with my family.

Some orchards are already open for apple picking, but most will open this week or next. This list is all the U-Pick apple orchards I can find in the Chicago area. If you know of any others I’d love to add them to the list.

Have fun and be sure to share your favorite apple recipes with me!


All Seasons Orchard14510 IL Route 176, Woodstock, 815-338-5637 — See my All Seasons Orchard post

  • U-Pick season starts August 30. Open 10am-5pm , 10am-6pm Saturday & Sunday. Open Labor Day and Columbus Day 1oam-6pm.
  • 11 varieties of apples and a pumpkin patch that opens in late September
  • 10-acre corn maze, petting zoo, country market, restaurant, mini zip park, jumping pillow, tire mountain, pedal cart track, mini zipline park, and more. Pig races and magic shows on the weekends.

Apples On Oak16146 Oak Avenue, Lockport, 815-726-0386

  • Apples On Oak will not be open for the 2014. They plan to reopen for 2015.
  • Hours are 9am-5pm daily.
  • Over 60 varieties of apples and pears. Other fruits and vegetables available for U-Pick.
  • Country market.

Heinz Orchard1050 Crest Road, Libertyville, 847-770-3449

  • Heinz Orchard will be opening for 2014, but reports having a difficult season because of weather.
  • U-Pick season opening will be announced soon.
  • 5 varieties of apples.
  • Cash only.
  • U-Pick season has started. Open 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday, 12pm-5pm Sunday.
  • 23 varieties of apples.
  • Cash or check only.

Honey Hill Orchard11747 Waterman Road, Waterman, 815-264-3337

  • U-Pick apple season opening date to be announced; it is expected to be late-August.
  • Hours to be announced.
  • 18 varieties of apples and a pumpkin patch that opens in mid-September.
  • Store, petting zoo, straw maze.

Jonamac Orchard19412 Shabbona Road, Malta, 815-825-2158 — See my Jonamac Orchard post

  • U-pick season opens August 20 and runs through November 26. Open 9am-5pm daily.
  • More than 25 varieties of apples and a pumpkin patch that opens in late September.
  • Corn maze, jumping pillow, slides, duck races, grain bin, hay bail pile, peddle trikes, spider web, kiddy barn, fort and children’s maze, petting zoo, apple launcher and cannon, apple train

Knutson Harvest13550 Townhouse Road, Newark, 815-557-4630

  • Apples are generally available mid-July to October. Open 9am-4pm on Saturday, 1pm-4pm on Sunday
  • 13 varieties of apples.

Kuipers Family Farm1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park, 815-827-5200 ext. 1

  • U-Pick season starts August 23. Open 9am-6pm Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm Sunday, but apple picking will ONLY be available on weekends.
  • More than 20 varieties of apples and a pumpkin patch that opens September 20.
  • Corn maze, pig races, duck races, Fort Kuipers, tractor tire mountain, box-o-kernels, woodland walk, peddle tractor derby, haunted forest, haywagon ride, farm animals, chalk house, bail maze, ropin’ roundup, Back 40 playground, cornstalk cavern, Charlotte’s Web, Charlotte’s fence maze, giant chess & checkers, mountain slide, toss games, and more.
  • Strollers, wagons, and backpacks are NOT permitted in the orchard.
  • Due to weather conditions, u-pick will NOT be available this season.
  • Saturday & Sunday 11am-4pm.
  • 14 varieties.

More Than Delicious Orchard9905 Thompson Road, Woodstock, IL, 815-575-9650

  • Picking schedule and hours will be announced in early September, but hours will be limited to weekends only because of weather conditions earlier in the year.
  • Opens September 5. Hours are 10am-4pm Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Monday.
  • 5 varieties.
  • Cash or check only.
  • Opens in September.
  • 15 varieties of apples.

Royal Oak Farm15908 Hebron Road, Harvard, 815-648-4141 — See my Royal Oak Farm post

  • U-Pick season starts August 22. Open 9:30am-5:00pm Monday-Saturday through August 31. From September 2 through mid-October hours will be 9:30am-5pm Monday-Thursday and 9:30am-7pm Friday-Saturday. Royal Oak Farm is closed on Sundays.
  • Over 20 varieties of apples and a pumpkin patch opens in mid-September.
  • Country market & bakery, restaurant, petting zoo, “Royal Oak Express”, carousel, play area, and hay rides.

Valley Orchard811 E. State Street, Cherry Valley, 815-332-9696

  • U-Pick apples August-November. Open 9am-6pm Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm Sunday.
  • Over 25 varieties of apples.
  • Store and bakery.

Woodstock County Orchard17015 Garden Valley Road, Woodstock, 815-923-4359

  • Opens in September. Open 9am-4pm Saturday & Sunday, 10am-2pm Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday.


County Line Orchard200 S. County Line Road, Hobart, IN, 219-947-4477

  • Season starts September 6. Open 9am-6pm daily.
  • Over 20 varieties of apples and a pumpkin patch available in the Fall.
  • Bakery, gift shop, kitchen grill, Kids Farm, Moo-Choo, and corn maze.

Mowry’s Fruit Farm2411 E. 109th Ave., Crown Pointe, IN, 219-663-4782

  • Not yet open for the season.
  • Open 9am-5pm Thursday-Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday.
  • 11 varieties of apples.

Radke’s Orchards8999 W. 200 North, Michigan City, IN, 219-872-3140

  • U-Pick apple season begins August 30. Open 8:30am-6pm daily until all apples have been picked.
  • 20 varieties of apples.

Garwood Orchard5911 W. 50 South, LaPorte, IN, 219-362-4385

  • U-Pick apple season has begun.
  • Tuesday-Friday 8am-3:30pm, Saturday-Sunday 8am-5pm. Closed Monday.
  • 11 varieties of apples and pumpkins are available in the fall.
  • Farm market and special events.


Apple Holler5006 S. Sylvania Ave, Sturtevant, WI, 262-884-7100

  • U-Pick apple season has begun.
  • Open Monday-Thursday 8am-7pm, Friday-Saturday 7am-8pm, Sunday 7am-7pm.
  • More than 25 varieties of apples and pumpkins are available in the fall.
  • Farmer’s Market, restaurant, pony rides, barnyard animals, Apple Holler Express train, corn maze, pedal carts, cow maze, playground and play area, straw mountain, and bounce house.
  • U-Pick apple season begins September 7. Open 10am-5pm on weekends.
  • 12 varieties of apples and pumpkins are available in the fall.
  • Tractor pulled hayride, corn maze, vintage trolley ride, and lots of special events.
  • U-Pick apple season begins September 6. Hours to be announced.
  • 16 varieties of apples and pumpkins are available in the fall.
  • Orchard Store.

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