Cody's Farm. Photo courtesy of the farm
Cody's Farm. Photo courtesy of the farm

Strawberry Picking near Chicago: U-Pick Berry Farms for Illinois Families

When kids pick their own strawberries, those berries taste even better—especially after several months of staying at home. As summer arrives in the Midwest, families can begin to enjoy strawberries in June and blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and even gooseberries (if you know what to do with those) in July and August. We found 11 farms within 90 minutes of Chicago where kids can get some fresh air and some fresh fruit as they enjoy a trip away from the city.

Each u-pick farm has posted its own guidelines for 2020, regarding how to socially distance and whether or not masks are required (if they are, we know some fun kids' masks). Some area farms have opted not to open for pick-your-own this season if they do not have the space for social distancing or the staff to enforce distancing rules. Families should call or check each farm's website or social media pages for more details before heading out to pick since weather conditions and COVID-19 guidelines change. Many berry patches have cancelled festivals or other annual events, but the patches below are all open in 2020!

Check out these other activities and destinations to see what's open and closed in Chicago this season.

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

TOM's Farm Market
10214 W Algonquin Rd
Huntley, IL 60142

Heider's Berry Farm
1106 N. Queen Anne Road
Woodstock, IL 60098

McCann Berry Farm
18110 Kishwaukee Valley Road
Woodstock, IL 60098

Cody's Farm and Orchard
​19502 River Rd.
Marengo, IL 60152

Olive Berry Acres
2575 W. Mine Road
Mazon, IL 60444

Garwood Orchards
5911 W 50 South
LaPorte, IN 46350

Blueberries of Indiana
2388 W 1000 N
LaPorte, IN 46350

Grandma's Berry Patch
9895 W 1700 S,
LaCrosse, IN 46348

Johnson's Farm Produce
8960 East Ridge Road
Hobart, IN 46342

Blue Sky Berry Farm
15552 S. 1050 W.
Wanatah, IN 46390
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
Museum of Science and Industry - 9:30 AM Pick
ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo - 4:00 PM Pick
Art on the Mart
Merchandise Mart - 7:00 PM Pick
Photos with Santa at Oakbrook Center
Oakbrook Center - various times Pick
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