Gorgeous pumpkins await at Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm. Photo courtesy of  Tyler and Dylan Kroll
Gorgeous pumpkins await at Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm. Photo courtesy of Tyler and Dylan Kroll

Best Pumpkin Patches for Kids Near Chicago

Did you know that Illinois is the number one pumpkin-growing state in the country? So it should come as no surprise that the Chicago suburbs and exurbs boast dozens of locations for intrepid jack-o'-lantern enthusiasts and pie bakers to pick their own pumpkins. Many pumpkin patches also offer an array of additional autumn-themed activities like apple orchards and corn mazes for kids.

Before selecting a pumpkin farm, families should decide how far they want to travel, whether they want to pick their own or choose from preselected pumpkins, and what other attractions they might want to visit while on their pumpkin picking excursion. Many farms offer hay rides to their pumpkin patch, but the patch itself may be muddy or vine-covered, so parents with young children should check to see if the pumpkin patch is stroller-friendly. Some pumpkin patches also offer late night activities for bigger kids.

Here are a few of our favorite pumpkin patches within a two-hour drive of the Loop.

Pumpkin Patches North of Chicago

Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm — Waukegan, IL
13236 W. Town Line Road
90 minute drive from Chicago Loop
Kroll’s has a wide variety of pumpkins pre-picked and priced in rows for convenience. Find any size, shape, or color for decorating, carving, or baking. Get into the fall spirit with gourds, Indian corn, mini pumpkins, straw bales, and corn stalk bundles available for purchase. Families can also have fun with hay rides ($4), a corn maze ($5 for kids and $7 for adults) and visiting farm animals such as goats, donkeys, sheep, chickens, and turkeys. 

Pick a pumpkin then enjoy a day of activities at Patch 22.

Patch 22 — Wadsworth, IL
15900 W. Kelly Road
55 minute drive from Chicago Loop
Thousands of farm-grown pumpkins in many varieties are available at this punnily-named working family farm, open weekends throughout October with no charge for admission or parking. When families finish picking pumpkins, they can enjoy a pony ride in which the parents walk the pony around a large open pasture ($10 for 20 minutes). Hayrides and a spooky hayloft are also available for a fee.

Pumpkin Patches Northwest of Chicago

All Seasons Orchard — Woodstock, IL
14510 IL Route 176
70 minute drive from Chicago Loop
Pick your own pumpkin straight off the vine at this northwest suburban patch that also includes several barnyard attractions. A ticket to the Barnyard buys admission to the pumpkin patch as well as a corn maze, petting zoo, bunny village, giant swing, goat bridge, duck races, and a bee observation station. Families can complete the festive fall fun with apple picking.

Roam the fields to find the perfect pumpkin at Cody's Farm and Orchard. 

Cody’s Farm and Orchard — Marengo, IL
19502 River Road
65 minute drive from Chicago Loop
Families can choose their own adventure at Cody’s Farm: Take a free hay ride to the pumpkin patch for a $7 pumpkin of any size, then return to the farm for free kids activities that include a corn play box, sand box, and play tractor. Upgrade to additional activities with a $6 wristband that gets kids into the rubber duck races, barrel rides, corn maze, pedal tractor play track, and barrel roll. Families can also buy fall foods like apple cider donuts, pulled pork sandwiches, and pie, or fall decorations like pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, and mums.

Dave’s Pumpkins — Huntley, IL
9112 Algonquin Road
50 minute drive from Chicago Loop
Any pumpkin big or small from Dave’s Pumpkins is just $8. With no parking or admission fees, families can get their money’s worth at this northwest suburban farm. In addition to picking pumpkins, families can take part in pumpkin bowling using a pumpkin as a ball, as well as antique pedal tractor riding and hay rides to celebrate the season. A mini sunflower maze can entertain small children who might not be big enough for a corn maze yet.

Didier Farms — Lincolnshire, IL
16678 Aptakisic Road
40 minute drive from Chicago Loop
Didier Farms’ Pumpkinfest runs from September 21 to October 31, when kids can explore a variety of unusual pumpkins in the farms’ pumpkin patch, or buy tickets to participate in activities and take rides around the farm. Pumpkins are sold by the pound and include many unique varieties such as munchkins, magic lanterns, mystics, Cinderella, Lumina, Casper, wee be little, and knuckleheads. Fun activities include pig races, a silly string asylum, hay rides, a dragon wagon, and a corn maze.

Kids can wander the fields at Richardson Adventure Farm. 

Richardson Adventure Farm — Spring Grove, IL
909 English Prairie Road
115 minute drive from Chicago Loop
Families can come for the pumpkins and stay for the adventure at Richardson’s, which has a free wagon ride to take visitors to the pumpkin patch on weekends. Farm-goers can pick from thousands of pumpkins and gourds in breeds such as superior, Cinderella, Atlantic giant, baby boo, crunckin, and bird house gourds. Some are pre-picked for families with smaller kids, or more adventurous families can pick straight off the vine for 45 cents per pound. The farm also boasts the “World’s Largest Corn Maze,” with games and a 50-foot observation tower, as well as a carousel and wagon rides.

Royal Oak Farm Orchard—Harvard, IL
15908 Hebron Road
95 minute drive from Chicago Loop
Families can grab a wheel barrow and head out to the U-pick pumpkin patch to pick their own pumpkins, gourds, and winter squash. The orchard offers more than a dozen different varieties for decorating, carving, or making pies. Visitors can also select pre-picked pumpkins from the Harvest Barn, or purchase their own trees for growing fruits such as apples or pears. Royal Oak also has its own apple tree maze with more than 3,000 apple trees and nine varieties of apples.

Stade’s Farm and Market — McHenry, IL
3709 Miller Road
80 minute drive from Chicago Loop
Families can ride out to the pumpkin patch on the farm’s tractor to pick pumpkins for just $7 each—regardless of size or shape. Pumpkins in the patch range from one to 200 pounds and come in many colors such as orange, white, blue, green, pink, and yellow. Besides the many pumpkins for carving, the farm also offers pumpkin varieties specifically grown for seed roasting or pie making. After picking pumpkins, families can find a wide variety of other fruits and veggies to pick or visit the farm’s “Farmtractions” theme area.

Pumpkin Patches West of Chicago

Abbey Farm — Aurora, IL
2855 Hart Road
80 minute drive from Chicago Loop
​This 40-acre pumpkin farm owned by the monks of Marmion Abbey celebrates Pumpkin Daze from September 21 through October 27. Families can pick pumpkins and then enjoy Kane County’s largest corn maze, a petting zoo, log balance beam course, bouncing cow train, zip line, potato sack races, a jumping pillow, tractor and hay ride wagon, lasso challenge, and antique tractors. Adults can get a craft beer to go with the family meal from Tumbleweed Grill on site.

Jonamac Orchard—Malta, IL
19412 Shabbona Road
75 minute drive from Chicago Loop
Along with its reputation for offering a wide variety of apples, this orchard boasts a 12-acre pumpkin patch where families can pick any pumpkin for $10 or three for $20. Jonamac’s pumpkin patch offers special activities such as Great Harvest Weekend on September 28 and 29, Foot Truck Weekend on October 5 and 6, and an Antique Farm Equipment Show from October 12-14. The orchard also has a bounty of activities in its Barn Yard area and offers an after-dark special for its corn maze and other activities for bigger kids.

Keller’s Farmstand — Oswego, IL
2500 Johnson Road
50 minute drive from Chicago Loop
​The Keller family has been growing pumpkins since the 1800s, and charges no admission to enter their pumpkin patch. Keller’s experts can help select the best large pumpkins for jack-o'-lanterns for $6.50 each or small pumpkins for making pies for just $2.50 each at their Oswego farm stand. Pre-picked pumpkins are also available, along with a number of fall themed attractions such as hay rides, apple picking, farm animal visits, pedal tractors, and corn play bins.

Kuipers Family Farm—Maple Park, IL
1N318 Watson Road
65 minute drive from Chicago Loop
A pumpkin is included in the price of each admission at Kuiper’s Family Farm for the 2019 season. Kids and grown-ups can each select one from the massive 71-acre pumpkin patch. The $15.99 weekday or $17.99 weekend admission also includes a corn maze, gourd arbor, hay wagon ride, jumping pillow, petting zoo, pig races, and a tractor train ride.

Sonny Acres Farm — West Chicago, IL
29W310 North Avenue
50 minute drive from Chicago Loop
For a small family-owned farm atmosphere, kids can take a trip to Sonny Acres Farm. Pumpkins from the patch are sold by weight, and kids can enjoy a number of other attractions, including a petting zoo, hayride, pumpkin patch spin ride, photo booth, camel ride, and fun house. New to the farm this year are a haunted barn and haunted hayride for bigger kids after dark.

Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest is stroller and wagon friendly!

Pumpkin Patches Southwest of Chicago

Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest — Homer Glen, IL
13341 W. 151st Street
45 minute drive from Chicago Loop
​Bengtson’s 40-year-old southwest suburban pumpkin patch offers a stroller and wagon-friendly environment for little kids and their families. Jack-o'-lantern pumpkins straight from the vine are priced by the pound, or pie pumpkins can be picked for $2.50 each. Wheelbarrows are available to rent for families who are looking for big loads of pumpkins. After picking their pumpkin, kids can enjoy a variety of attractions such as hay rides, a tractor town, mega slides, a gemstone and arrowhead mining sluice, pony rides, and a petting zoo.

Dollinger Family Farm — Channahon, IL
7420 E. Hansel Road
90 minute drive from Chicago Loop
Whether your family is looking for a pumpkin to carve, decorate, or bake in a pie, you can find it at Dollinger. The farm prices pumpkins from 75 cents to $25 depending on size, and offers a wide variety of colors, sizes and textures. Families can also enjoy refreshments from Grandpa John’s Donuts or Grandma Dollinger’s Fudge, work their way through the corn maze, play on the farm-themed playground and visit with farm animals.

Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm truly has giant pumpkins! 

Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm — Minooka, IL
4853 US Highway 52
50 minute drive from Chicago Loop
​The “giant” in this farm’s name describes the pumpkins, which grow to more than 730 pounds in the 25-acre patch. The farm boasts 90 varieties in different textures and colors. Admission to the farm is free, and for a fee, families can enjoy a fun barn, home cooking, a corn maze, and fall decorations for purchase.

Johansen Farms — Bolingbrook, IL
710 W. Boughton Road
40 minute drive from Chicago Loop
​More than 25,000 pumpkins are available for the picking at Johansen Farms and Children’s Zoo. For a single admission fee, families can see animals, ride ponies or a hay ride, slide down huge slides, play mini golf and more. Pie and donuts are also available for purchase.

Odyssey Fun Farm — Tinley Park, IL
18900 Oak Park Avenue
60 minute drive from Chicago Loop
​Families can select the perfect pumpkin from thousands in Odyssey Fun Farm’s pumpkin patch. The farm will rent families a wagon to haul especially large pumpkins to to car. A pumpkin house makes a perfect backdrop for fall family pictures, and kids can also enjoy hay rides, a corn maze, corn cannons, and a kids zone with inflatables and a carousel.

Puckerville Farms — Lemont, IL
13332 Bell Road
40 minute drive from Chicago Loop
The Homerding family has owned the 180-acre Puckerville Farm since 1875. In 2011, the family began running a small festival at the farm to help families enjoy various fall activities such as a largest pumpkin contest, hayrides and face painting. After pumpkin picking season is over, families can return to the farm for the Christmas tree harvest.

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm — Lockport, IL
17250 Weber Road
90 minute drive from Chicago Loop
Dozens of attractions accompany the U-Pick pumpkin patch at Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm. After selecting a pumpkin off the vine for 49 cents per pound, kids can enjoy visits with pumpkin princesses, play in a corn crib, take pony and camel rides, play pumpkin checkers or tic tac toe, climb aboard a grain train, visit an authentic Native American tipi, and play in kid-sized bird houses. The farm offers free admission for grandparents on weekdays and $5 readmission passes for kids that want to come back for a second day of fun.

Pumpkin Patches East of Chicago

County Line Orchard—Hobart, IN
200 S. County Line Road
55 minute drive from Chicago Loop
Families can cross the state line into Indiana for U-Pick pumpkins for 40 cents a pound at County Line Orchard. A pumpkin house in the middle of the patch offers a great opportunity for pictures. The orchard also has apples, bee yurts, sunflowers, a corn maze, and barnyard jams on the weekend. Families can also book a campfire for s’mores near the apples and pumpkins on the weekends.

Unless noted, photos courtesy of the farms

Kroll's Fall Harvest Farm
13236 W. Town Line Road
Waukegan , IL 60087

Patch 22
15900 Kelly Road
Wadsworth, IL 60083

All Seasons Orchard
14510 IL Route 176
Woodstock, IL 60098

Royal Oak Farm Orchard
15908 Hebron Road
Harvard, IL 60033

Stade's Farm and Market
3709 Miller Road
McHenry, IL 60051

Richardson Adventure Farm
909 English Prairie Road
Spring Grove, IL 60071

Dave's Pumpkins
9112 Algonquin Rd
Huntley, IL 60142

Cody's Farm and Orchard
19502 River Road
Marengo, IL 60152

Didier Farms
16678 Aptakisic Road
Lincolnshire, IL 60069

Jonamac Orchard
19412 Shabbona Road
Malta, IL 60150

Keller's Farmstand
2500 Johnson Road
Oswego, IL 60543

Abbey Farms
2855 Hart Road
Aurora, IL 60502

Sonny Acres Farm
29W310 North Avenue
West Chicago, IL 60185

Siegel's Cottonwood Farm
17250 Weber Road
Lockport, IL 60441

Dollinger Family Farm
17250 Weber Road
Channahon, IL 60410

Odyssey Fun Farm
18900 Oak Park Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60477

Heap's Giant Pumpkin Farm
4853 US Highway 52
Minooka, IL 60447

Johansen Farms
710 W. Boughton Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Puckerville Farm
13332 Bell Rd
Lemont, IL 60439

Bengtson's Pumpkin Fest
13341 W. 151st Street
Homer Glen, IL 60491

County Line Orchard
200 S. County Line Road
Hobart, IN 46342
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