17 Places To Go Apple Picking Near Chicago

Shannon Blum
September 21, 2018 - 11:46 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Saturday marks the official first day of fall, and with that brings all the fall festivities! And what is autumn without a trip to an apple orchard to pick apples. 

From honeycrisp and gala to golden delicious and fuji, there are plenty of apple varieties to be picked.

Check out our list of u-pick apple orchards around the Chicagoland area.

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Apple Holler – 65 miles from downtown

Apple Holler is a farm-to-table restaurant, bakery, gift shop, orchard, and family farm, offering four-seasons of family fun and activities, including pick-your-own apples, peaches, pears and pumpkins. Apple picking packages include apple picking, tractor tour, farm admission, goat bridge and farm animals visit, bee observation exhibit, Johnny Appleseed history walk, and more.

Where: 5006 South Sylvania Ave.; Sturtevant, WI

Hours: Weekdays 9 a.m-4 p.m. Weekends 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: ¼ peck $7.50; ½ peck $13 *Everyone entering the orchard must pay for a picking bag.

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Apples on Oak – 38 miles from downtown

Apples on Oak is a small U-PICK orchard offering unique apples that range from the newest on the market to antique apples, all of which are bursting with flavor, crisp and juicy.

Where: 16146 W. Oak Ave., Lockport, IL

Hours: Wednesday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: ¼ peck $15; ½ peck $20; 1 peck $30; ½ bushel $70, 1 bushel $130. *Everyone entering the orchard must pay for a picking bag. Minimum charge: $15 per person

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All Seasons Orchard – 60 miles from downtown

All Seasons Orchard is an apple orchard, pumpkin patch and corn maze located in Woodstock, in McHenry County. All Seasons Orchard is one of the largest u-pick apple orchards in Woodstock, with over 15,000 apple trees and two apple orchards. A wagon ride will take you to one or both orchards depending on the pick your own apple varieties that are available.

Where: 14510 IL Route 176, Woodstock, IL

Hours: Weekdays 10 a.m-5 p.m. Weekends 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Cost: ¼ peck $8; ½ peck $13; Honeycrisp is an additional $3 per person. *Everyone entering the orchard must pay for a picking bag.

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County Line Orchard – 43 miles from downtown

County Line Orchard says they are all about making memories. From picking apples with the family to eating a delicious donuts you will never forget, this orchard in the heart of Hobart, Indiana. Growing high quality apples, selling directly to the customers and educating everyone who comes to the farm is the founding principle of County Line Orchard. So brush up on your apple skills and come on down.

Where: 200 S. County Line Rd., Hobart, IN

Hours: U-PICK 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Cost: $1 U-PICK general admission (includes tractor ride and U-PICK bag). Apple cost $1.79/pound.

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Harvest Time – 66 miles from downtown

Harvest Time offers a variety of pick your own apples. Guests can drive their car into the orchard, receive a bag and go picking. Added bonus is the homemade donuts made in the Donut Shop! Plus there is apple cider and Country Smoke House meats and cheeses from Wisconsin available for purchase.

Where: 36116 128th St., Twin Lakes, WI

Hours: Weekends 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Cost: kids bag (12 and under) $6; ½ peck $13; 1 peck $22; ½ bushel $40 *Everyone entering the orchard must pay for a picking bag.

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Heinz Orchard – 39 miles from downtown

Heinz Orchard is Chicagoland’s closest orchard. They are a small, family-run orchard and specialize in pure apple picking fun.

Where: 1050 Crest Rd., Green Oaks, IL

Hours: Vary. Check website

Cost: ½ peck $10; 1 peck $20

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Homestead Orchard – 65 miles from downtown

Homestead Orchard is a quiet place in the country to pick 23 varieties of apples, pie cherries and pears. Come and sit under one of the oldest and largest maple trees in McHenry County. Relax, see and hear nature all around you. Come inside the 1880s horse barn, which is their store, and find hand crafted items, glassware, and maybe some antique furniture for sale. They also sell honey from our own bee hives along with beeswax candles made one at a time.

Where: 11802 Charles Rd., Woodstock, IL

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: 1 peck $20; *Family with children, must purchase a one peck minimum; more than four adults must purchase two pecks.

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Honey Hill Orchard – 70 miles from downtown

Honey Hill Orchard is a family-owned and operated orchard that was started as a hobby by Hawken Askelson in 1965. Today, the original orchard location has 2,100 apple trees, with an additional 500 trees at a second farm location. What started out as a simple farm stand has grown to include pick your own apples, raspberries and pumpkins, honey from Honey Hill's own bee hives, a bakery, the Apple Barn Country Store and some old-fashioned family activities.

Where: 11783 Waterman Rd., Waterman, IL

Hours: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Cost: ½ peck $15; 1 peck $30 *Everyone entering the orchard must pay for a picking bag.

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Jonamac Orchard – 70 miles from downtown

Jonamac Orchard is a three-generational family farm owned and operated by the McArtor Family since 1984. The apple orchard is part of the 105 acre farm in Northern Illinois, with over 20,000 apple trees. In addition to apple picking, there is a barn yard, corn maze, and cider house.

Where: 19412 Shabbona Rd., Malta, IL

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: ½ peck $15

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Kuiper Family Farm – 60 miles from downtown

The only thing better than taking that first bite of a crisp, fresh apple is when you can pick your own apples. At the Kuipers Family Farm, you can do just that every fall weekend. After the family opened their 71-acre pumpkin patch to the public in 1998 to give other families the joys of a Midwest farm on a cool fall day, a 160-acre apple orchard was purchased and expanded to 230 acres.

Where: 1N318 Watson Rd., Maple Park, IL

Hours: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: ¼ peck $10.99 per person

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Lang’s Orchard – 63 miles from downtown

What began as a few dozen apple trees for family and friends in 1975, evolved to what it is today - Lang’s Orchard.

Where: 17411 Secord Rd., Woodstock, IL

Hours: Weekends 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: 1 peck $16

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Oriole Springs - 66 miles from downtown

This is the last year for Oriole Springs as the owners are retiring. The family-owned orchard offered a variety of apples to pick, plus pumpkins later in the season. Call for each week’s apple availability.

Where: 35032 128th St., Twin Lakes, WI

Hours: Weekends 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Cost: ½ peck $15

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Plank Road Orchard

Plank Road Orchard is a family owned and operated apple orchard with over 16 varieties of apples. Enjoy picking apples for a few hours or swing through for a quick pick up. Stop by on the weekend and enjoy their fresh baked goods and unpasteurized apple cider!

Where: 50 W. 737 Plank Rd., Sycamore, IL

Hours: Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: Call for pricing. *Everyone entering the orchard must purchase a 5 pound minimum.

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Prairie Sky Orchard – 60 miles from downtown

Prairie Sky U-Pick apple orchard is located in Union, IL in McHenry County. An hour west of Chicago in Northern Illinois and features pick-your-own apples, pre-picked produce, a store and a coffee kiosk.

Where: 4914 N. Union Rd., Union, IL

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: 1 peck $19. There’s a 1 peck minimum for 1-4 people and a 2 peck minimum for groups of 5-8.

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Royal Oak Farm Orchard – 77 miles from downtown

Royal Oak Farm u-pick apple orchard, located in Northern Illinois near the Wisconsin state line, offers family fun and entertainment in a beautiful 120 acre setting from mid-August through mid-November. They have over 17,000 apple trees with over 30 varieties of apples to choose from and new varieties are being planted each spring. They also grow pumpkins, giant pumpkins, gourds and winter squash. And is the country's first apple tree maze, Amaze 'N Apples, where you can wonder through 1.5 miles of trails with 9 varieties of apples. Don't forget the world famous apple cider donuts and the best apple picking in northern Illinois! 

Where: 15908 Hebron Rd., Harvard, IL

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: ¼ peck (kids and seniors) $7; ½ peck $13 (adults); Add your upgrade your bag to a peck for $21 *Everyone entering the orchard must pay for a picking bag.

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Stade’s Farm and Market – 65 miles from downtown

After years of studying, planning, planting and pruning Stade’s Farm & Market opened a beautiful U-PICK apple orchard in Fall 2017. The U-PICK varieties available will include Honeycrisp, Gala, Evercrisp, Jonagold, Zestar, Golden Delicious & some heirloom apples. Stade’s Farm works diligently to provide wholesome fruits and vegetables to their many customers!

Where: 3709 Miller Rd., McHenry, IL

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Check the website or social media for updates

Cost: ¼ peck $6; ½ peck $12; 1 peck $22; ½ bushel $40 *A $6 minimum apple purchase per person is required to enter the apple orchard

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Woodstock County Orchard – 62 miles from downtown

This family-run and operated Woodstock orchard features a variety of different apples for picking, including Honey Crisp, Fuji, Cortland, Senshu, Melrose, Red Delicious and more. Priced based on the type of apple, each half-peck ranges from $8-$10, each peck $15-$20 and each half-bushel $30-$40.

Where: 17015 Garden Valley Rd., Woodstock, IL

Hours: Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: ½ peck $8; Premium apples (Honeycrisp & Crimson) ½ peck $10