Get lost with a friend in the corn maze at Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm.
Get lost with a friend in the corn maze at Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm.

Amazing Corn Mazes for Kids Near Chicago

Getting lost is never as much fun as when you’re in a corn maze, and farms around Chicagoland offer a cornucopia of opportunities for fall fun on the farm. Mazes throughout Illinois and Indiana present creative themes and different ways to navigate the twists and turns, so children of varying ages can join in the challenge. Some corn mazes even host 5K races or flashlight corn maze nights.

Before or after your corn maze adventure, families can enjoy plenty of harvest time fun, including apple picking, pumpkin patching, corn bins, and even Halloween-themed outdoor movies. Many of the farms listed on our corn maze list also host fall festivals throughout the season. Read on for our top picks for corn mazes near Chicago. 

Corn maze adventurers of all ages are encouraged to dress appropriately in clothes they don’t mind getting dirty. Families should plan ahead by checking corn maze websites for time estimates to avoid going into a maze that exceeds their kids’ attention span, or to avoid being in the corn maze after closing time. And be sure to check ahead before heading out in case of weather-related closures.

Celebrate fall and the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing at Richardson's Adventure Farm.

Corn Mazes Northwest of Chicago

Richardson Adventure Farm — Spring Grove, IL
909 English Prairie Road
115 minute drive from Chicago Loop
Richardson’s Adventure Farm touts its corn maze as the largest and most intricate in the world, with 9.7 miles of trail through 28 acres of corn. The 2019 maze celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and the first man walking on the moon. The maze is actually four separate mazes with their own entrances and exits, so families can choose to do as many quarters of the maze as they choose. Visitors can also play five corn maze games that take between 20 minutes and two hours as they wander through the corn, or view their position from one of three 8-foot tall wooden bridges. Families can participate in the annual World’s Largest Corn Maze 5K run, walk and kids dash on October 13. 

All Seasons Orchard — Woodstock, IL
14510 IL Route 176
70 minute drive from Chicago Loop
Families can navigate through either a shorter 20-minute route or a longer 40-minute trail via a themed passport quiz, a whodunnit game, or a map. The mazes are part of the orchard’s larger Barnyard attraction, which features a jumping pillow, pedal carts, mini zip line park, pony rides, and an apple cannon. Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins and a country store provide additional farm-themed entertainment. Some attractions are open during the week.

Corn Mazes West of Chicago

Jonamac Orchard — Malta, IL
19412 Shabbona Road
75 minute drive from Chicago Loop
This year’s corn maze at Jonamac Orchard celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Chicago Bears. Big kids and grown-ups can experience the haunted corn maze with glowsticks or pen lights from dusk to 10:30pm on weekend nights in October. After the maze, families can pick apples or pumpkins, visit the cider house, or shoot the apple cannon. Jonamac Orchards also offers special after-school hours throughout September and October.

Kuipers Family Farm — Maple Park, IL
1N318 Watson Road
65 minute drive from Chicago Loop 
From apples to pumpkins to Christmas trees, Kuiper’s offers much more than just a corn maze. The 5-acre maze is included with admission and includes many twists, turns, and games. Smaller adventurers can wind their way through a hay bale maze. Kids can also watch pig races, ride on the tractor train or hay ride, or visit farm animals, the cornstalk cavern or the gourd arbor.

Abbey Farms —Aurora, IL
2855 Hart Road
80 minute drive from Chicago Loop
At this farm owned by the monks of Marmion Abbey, families can work their way through two corn mazes. One is the largest in Kane County and includes a lookout bridge. Grown-ups can enjoy a local craft beer or wine during family-friendly Halloween themed movies presented on weekend nights throughout October. Other attractions include hayrides, giant slides, a jumping pillow, lasso challenge, duck races, a farm animal petting zoo, and a pumpkin patch.

Keller’s Farmstand — Oswego, IL
2500 Johnson Road
50 minute drive from Chicago Loop
Keller’s 10-acre Alice in Wonderland themed corn maze has three observation decks that overlook the maze and the farm. The corn is actually harvested after the maze closes for the season. Families can also pick apples or pumpkins, take small children through the straw maze, go on a hay ride, or visit farm animals. The whole family can also participate in Keller’s Great Pumpkin Run 5K on September 14. 

Go for a hayride and wander through the corn maze at Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm.

Corn Mazes Southwest of Chicago

Konow's Corn Maze — Homer Glen, IL
16849 S. Cedar Road
70 minute drive from Chicago Loop
Families can pick between a 3.4-mile maze for experienced maze runners or a 0.4-mile maze for little kids and newbies. Before or after the maze fun, kids can visit an animal zoo, ride a pony, enjoy a hay ride, or participate in duck races. Indoor fun is also available in the form of corn pits where families can wade in corn, plus an indoor "Wild West" town.

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm — Lockport, IL
17250 Weber Road
90 minute drive from Chicago Loop
Siegel’s offers a 12-acre, 5-mile corn maze for bigger explorers and a smaller 2-acre maze for littler kids which is also open during the week. In addition to corn mazes, the farm offers more than 30 harvest-themed attractions including an authentic Native American tipi, a baby chick nursery, a hayride, pony and camel rides, a pumpkin picking field, and live farm animals. The farm has two new attractions this year: a demonstration bee hive and a roller bowler game.

Dollinger Family Farm — Channahon, IL
7420 E. Hansel Road
90 minute drive from Chicago Loop
Dollinger Farm’s 4-acre corn maze is open every day of the week and has a new theme each year. This year’s theme has yet to be revealed, but last year’s Illinois Bicentennial featured a Native American chief. Kids can also visit the bee barn, farm animals, corn bin, tipi, and pumpkin farm on their trip. Admission to the farm is free, but the corn maze costs $4 per person.

Odyssey Fun Farm — Tinley Park, IL
18900 Oak Park Avenue
60 minute drive from Chicago Loop
From above, aerialists can read this farm’s name in its 15- acre corn maze. The maze’s mascot, Chipper, is also pictured in the bird’s-eye view. When kids emerge from out of the maze, they can pick pumpkins in the farm’s pumpkin patch, ride the cow train, visit the petting zoo, shoot the corn cannon, and cheer for their favorite celebrity pig at the farm’s pig races. Big kids may want to stay up for the farm’s flashlight maze for an extra thrill after dark.

Corn Mazes North of Chicago

Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm — Waukegan, IL
13236 W. Town Line Road
90 minute drive from Chicago Loop
At Kroll’s, the corn maze paths are flattened and covered in woodchips to make an easily navigable surface for kids and adults alike. Families may use strollers in the maze for little ones who want to join in the fun without the walking. In addition to the maze, children can visit farm animals, pick pumpkins, and go for a hay ride.

Corn Mazes East of Chicago

County Line Orchard — Hobart, IN
200 S. County Line Road
55 minute drive from Chicago Loop
This Indiana apple orchard and farm has two corn mazes with two different themes. One, sponsored by and shaped like Albanese Gummi Bears, is shorter and easier for littler corn maze enthusiasts. The larger “Apple of Our Pie” maze honors the farm’s matriarch, Grandma Luke, who instilled the pie tradition on her family. In addition to the mazes, families can enjoy apple, pumpkin, and sunflower picking and Barnyard Jams on the weekends.

Photos courtesy of the farms/orchards

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