Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2018

Bushel of apples on table in orchardI’ll confess that I’m not a huge fan of fall. It’s fine and all, but I prefer spring and summer and I’m not enthusiastic about the approach of cold weather. However, I LOVE apple picking. It almost makes up for the fact that summer is ending. It’s a tradition in our family to go apple picking at least once every fall and I love photographing my kids in the orchard.

Is apple picking a tradition in your family? Here are some great places to get all your favorite varieties of apples fresh off the tree!

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

Apple Orchards in Illinois

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

  • U-Pick season runs September 1 through November 4. Hours to be announced. (2017 hours were: 10am-5pm weekdays, 10am-6pm Saturday & Sunday. Open Labor Day and Columbus Day 10am-6pm.)
  • 14 varieties of apples and a pumpkin patch that opens in mid-September
  • Over 30 barnyard activities including a 10-acre corn maze, petting zoo, country market, restaurant, jumping pillow, tire mountain, pedal cart track, mini zipline park, and more.

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

  • Apples On Oak has started. Apples are often gone by early October.
  • Open 9am-6pm Wednesday and Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday.
  • More than 30 varieties of apples.

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

  • Opens in mid-September. U-Pick season hours will be announced soon.
  • Crops will be limited this year.
  • 5 varieties of apples.
  • Cash only.
  • Apple picking has begun. 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 will begin September 1, 3, and 4 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Beginning September 6, u-pick is 9:00 am-5:00 pm daily.
  • 17 varieties of apples and a pumpkin patch that opens in mid- or late-September.
  • Store, petting zoo, straw maze.

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

  • U-pick season has begun. Open 9am-5:30 pm.
  • 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. Free barnyard admission on weekdays.

Knutson Harvest has closed.

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

  • U-Pick season has begun and runs through October 31. Open 9am-6pm Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm Sunday, but apple picking will ONLY be available on weekends.
  • 14 varieties of apples and a pumpkin patch that opens in September.
  • Pumpkin farm activities available beginning September 15: 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 8. Hours to be announced. (2017 hours were 11am-4pm Saturday-Sunday.)

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

  • Apples season will begin September 8. Hours to be announced.
  • More than 40 varieties of apples.
  • U-Pick season begins around September 1. Open 10am-5pm daily.
  • Coffee kiosk with coffee, pie, and other refreshments.

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

  • U-Pick season has begun. Open 11am-5pm daily until August 31, then open 10:00am-5:00pm Monday-Thursday, 10:00 am-7pm Friday & Saturday, 11am-6pm Sunday.
  • Over 30 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

  • Opening for U-Pick will be September 1. Open Friday 10am-2pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-4pm. Closed Monday-Thursday.
  • 13 varieties of apples.

Apple Orchards in Indiana

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

  • U-Pick begins August 29. Open 9am-5pm daily.
  • 5 varieties of apples for u-pick and a pumpkin patch available in the Fall. U-pick sunflowers also available.
  • Bakery, gift shop, kitchen grill, Kids Farm, Moo-Choo, and corn maze.

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

  • U-Pick apple season begins September 1. 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. Open 9:00am-5:30pm Monday-Saturday, 10:00am-5:30pm Sunday.
  • 16 varieties of apples and pumpkins are available in the fall.
  • Farm market and special events.

Apple Orchards in Wisconsin

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

  • U-Pick apple season has begun. Open 10am-5pm daily.
  • 30 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 runs September 9 through October 22. Open 10 am-5 pm 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 1. Open Noon-5pm Thursday-Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday-Sunday.
  • 16 varieties of apples and pumpkins are available in the fall.
  • Orchard Store.

Chicago u-pick apple orchard

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