10 Gorgeous Sunflower Fields for Pick-Your-Own Flowers near Chicago
Add a little extra sunshine to summer by picking flowers or strolling through a maze of sunflowers at one of our favorite local sunflower fields near Chicago. For a day on the sunflower farm, make sure to pack bug spray, sunscreen, some kid-friendly scissors, pruners, and vases to get those gorgeous bouquets home. Bring your phone fully charged as well: These farms have amazing photo opportunities (we're talking holiday card potential)!
While we recommend bringing vases and scissors with you, don't worry if you forget to bring them along—most farms here have paper towels with water and plastic bags for transport (as well as scissors and vases to purchase).
Sunflower Farms near Chicago for Flower Picking
1. Heap’s Pumpkin Farm – Minooka, Illinois
Heap’s Pumpkin Farm is located in Minooka, about 50 minutes from Chicago. The u-pick flower season here runs from August 20th through September 6th. Opening day may vary depending on the weather and blooms.
For $12 admission, guests get one bloom included for free, and each additional sunflower is $3. You can also purchase 6 for $12 or $16 for sunflowers and a bucket, or for $20 get a decorative pail and all the flowers you can fit inside. In addition to sunflowers, there are fields with cosmos, zinnias, and wildflowers. Bring your own vases and scissors. Visit the corn maze and playgrounds, for free, with admission.
Heap’s Pumpkin Farm has more than pumpkins!
2. Tom’s Farm Market – Huntley, Illinois
Tom’s Farm Market is located in Huntley, about 50 minutes from Chicago. Tom’s sunflower maze and picking fields are set to open from mid-July through September, but be sure to check the website for the latest information. In addition to the cutting fields, there's a 4-acre sunflower maze, with tons of fun photo opportunities. Leave time to play in the child’s play area, which is included with admission. Admission is $10 online and $12 at the door, and kids under 3 are free. The cutting field is free to enter, and blooms are $3 each or 6 for $15.
Richardson Adventure Farm is picture perfect.
3. Richardson Adventure Farm – Spring Grove, Illinois
Richardson Adventure Farm is located in Spring Grove, about an hour from Chicago, where a brand new sunflower field and maze are opening this summer. Check the website for the latest information on the 2021 Sunflower Festival dates, which will be determined by when the flowers are in full bloom. In addition to the sunflowers, be sure to check out the ride-on train, petting zoo, farm animals, and play structures—and come back for the corn maze in the fall. Richardson Adventure Farm is also pet-friendly, so bring the family fur baby.
U-pick season starts September 1 at County Line Orchard.
Indiana Sunflower Farms near Chicago for Flower Picking
4. County Line Orchard – Hobart, Indiana
County Line Orchard is located in Hobart, about an hour from Chicago. County Line Orchard opens for the u-pick sunflower season on September 1. There are acres of traditional and unique sunflowers in full bloom towards the middle of September. Pick your own in the fields, or purchase a bouquet that’s already picked and arranged in the barn (for those of us who flunked Flower Arranging 101!). Admission is $1 and large blooms cost $2 each or $2 for a small bunch.
Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch has sunflowers, cosmos, zinnias, and wildflowers.
5. Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch – Lowell, Indiana
Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch is located in Lowell, about an hour and a half from Chicago. The u-pick flower season runs July 17th-September 5th. Not only does the farm have a wide range of sunflowers, but there are also loads of other flowers to choose from, including cosmos, zinnias, and wildflowers. Harvest Tyme recommends bringing your own scissors and vases to put flowers in. (But Mason jars are available for purchase if you forget.) Admission is $7.95 and flowers are purchased separately.
Wander through Thompson Strawberry Farm's fields. Photo by the author
Wisconsin Sunflower Farms near Chicago for Flower Picking
6. Thompson Strawberry Farm – Bristol, Wisconsin
Thompson Strawberry Farm is located in Bristol, about an hour from Chicago. Admission is $12 per adult, $6 per child ages 3-10, and kids under 3 are free. Admission includes 6 sunflower blooms, and an additional dozen flowers are $10. There are also cosmos, multi-colored sunflowers, and wildflowers available for picking. The sunflower season at Thompson runs mid-July through early October. Depending on availability, strawberries, raspberries, and pumpkins may also be ripe for the picking. Tip: be sure to bring vases and scissors for cutting and transportation.
Flowers for miles at Lannon Sunflower Farm
7. Lannon Sunflower Farm - Lannon, Wisconsin
Lannon Sunflower Farm is located north of Milwaukee, about two hours from Chicago. Weather permitting, the u-pick season at Lannon’s runs late July through September. Admission to the farm is $20 in cash per vehicle. This gets a family into the farm as well as 12 sunflower blooms, and additional flowers may be purchased. There are a wide variety of sunflower colors in addition to other wildflowers available. Be sure to check out the wildflower butterfly gardens from July through September. Don't forget to bring a container to bring home the flowers (non-drinkable water is available to fill vases) and scissors for flower clipping (though some are available at the farm if you forget!).
Ribbons in the fields are in support of breast cancer awareness at Oak Rest Farms Sunflowers.
8. Oak Rest Farms Sunflowers – Burlington, Wisconsin
Oak Rest Farms Sunflowers is located in Burlington, about an hour and a half from Chicago. Admission is $10 per adult and children under 10 are free. Every stem picked is $1, and guests should bring scissors and a vase. Baggies and wet paper towels are available to help protect the flowers on the drive home. For 2021, in addition to the sunflower field, the majority of the farm has been cut in a ribbon of pink cornflowers to support breast cancer awareness. Peak blooms are expected in August, but be sure to check the Facebook page for the latest updates on the blooms.
Spend a beautiful day in the fields at Von Bergen’s Country Market.
Sunflower Mazes and Fields near Chicago (No U-Pick)
9. Von Bergen’s Country Market – Hebron, Illinois
Von Bergen’s Country Market is located in Hebron, about an hour from Chicago. From early July through September the flowers are in full bloom for a walk through the beautiful sunflower maze. There are 30 acres of sunny flowers to walk through and snap photos in. Check out the farm stand and country market after the maze and come hungry for lunch as the market often partners with local food trucks on weekends for more great treats.
Meet the monarchs in the fields at M & D Farms And Garden Center.
10. M & D Farms And Garden Center – Homer Glen, Illinois
M&D Farms and Garden Center is located in Homer Glen, about 45 minutes from Chicago. The sunflower field opens in August, and while this field isn’t for picking, families can walk through the sunflower maze for photos and fun. Leashed pets are also allowed at M&D Farms. The farm specializes in fall plants, flower beds, hanging planters, fruits, and veggies, so there’s a lot of great stuff to shop for after a trip through the sunflower field!
Unless noted, photos courtesy of the farms
Places featured in this article:
Heap's Giant Pumpkin Farm
Tom's Farm Market
Richardson Adventure Farm
County Line Orchard
Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch
Thompson Strawberry Farm
Lannon Sunflower Farm
Oak Rest Farms Sunflowers
Von Bergen’s Country Market
M & D Farms And Garden Center