Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2015

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2015

It’s apple season! There’s nothing quite like fresh apples right off the tree. We love spending a late summer or early autumn day at an apple orchard picking apples, eating fresh donuts, navigating a corn maze, and taking LOTS of pictures.

Some orchards charge and admission fee, while others only charge for apples. It’s always a good idea to check with the orchard you plan to attend before leaving; picking conditions can change daily.


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

  • U-Pick season starts August 29. Open 10am-5pm weekdays, 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 is open.
  • More than 30 varieties of apples.
  • Hours are 9am-6pm 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 in mid-September, but the crop is very light.
  • U-Pick season hours 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 has started.
  • Early season hours are  Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9am-1pm. Full season hours begin in early/mid-September when they will be open 9am-5:30pm daily.
  • 17 varieties of apples and a pumpkin patch that opens in mid-September.
  • Store, petting zoo, straw maze. (Petting zoo not open during early season.)

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

  • U-pick season begins with a Grand Opening (start of barnyard activities) is August 5-7. Open 9am-5:30pm daily through October 31, then see website for hours.
  • More than 30 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

  • No apples available for U-Pick this year.

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

  • U-Pick season has begun. 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 19.
  • Pumpkin farm activities available beginning September 19: 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.
  • U-Pick begins September 12. Hours are 11am-4pm Wednesday-Sunday.
  • 11 varieties.

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

  • Picking is expected to begin after Labor Day; information will be posted on the website or Facebook page.
  • More than 40 varieties of apples.
  • Call for information.
  • 5 varieties.
  • Cash or check only.
  • The tentative start date for the U-Pick season is September 4.
  • 13 varieties of apples.

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

  • U-Pick season has begun. Open 9:30am-5:00pm Monday-Saturday through August 31. From September 1 through October 31, hours will be 9:30am-5pm Monday-Thursday and 9:30am-7pm Friday-Saturday, 11am-6pm Sunday.
  • Over 25 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 season has begun. 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 for U-Pick on September 5. Open 9am-4pm Saturday & Sunday, 10am-2pm Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday.
  • 12 varieties of apples.


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

  • Season starts September 3. Open 9am-5pm 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

  • U-Pick season has begun. Open 9am-5pm Monday-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 September 5. Open 8:30am-6pm daily until all apples have been picked.
  • Over 20 varieties of apples.

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

  • U-Pick apple season has begun. Open 8:30am-3pm Monday-Wednesday, 8:30am-5:30pm Thursday-Sunday.
  • 13 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 10am-5pm daily.
  • 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 12. 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 4. Open Noon-5pm Wednesday-Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday-Sunday.
  • 16 varieties of apples and pumpkins are available in the fall.
  • Orchard Store.


  1. Thank you for the list! Kuipers is usually my family’s go-to and they have the best apple cider doughnuts! Mmm Yum. I can’t believe it’s already apple picking season though!

  2. County Line is our favorite, great donuts, pies and breads, great store and easy pick apples, petting zoo is cure too.

  3. Linda Goblirsch says:

    You don’t list Oriole Springs Orchard in Twin Lakws, WI. this apple orchard has been there since I was a little girl. They also have pumpkin picking. Another orchard is Harvest Time, just down the street from Oriole Springs. They have apples, make fresh cider, they have the BEST fresh donuts, still warm, they have a a bungalow where ou can cut cheese and sausage, and they have a stand where you can buy brats. They sell pumpkins,gourds, and mums. These 2 were once a single farm,’ but the farm wasps,it into 2. Farms

  4. Edwards Apple Orchard in Popular Grove, Illinois
    Is the very best
    The Cindy Doughnuts are to die for!!!!!

  5. SUPER helpful – thank you!!! We’ve been to Royal Oak several years ago and loved it, but now that we have a child, we’re just looking for something a bit closer. Think we’re going to try Jonamac now. Thank you!!


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