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Apple U-Pick Orchards in Chicago and Northeastern Illinois in 2022, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Boone County

  • Edwards Apple Orchard - apples, raspberries, pumpkins, horse-drawn hay rides, hay maze, petting zoo, restrooms, gift shop, pony rides
    7601 Centerville Road, Poplar Grove, IL 61065. Phone: 815-765-2234. Open: daily from 9 am to 6 pm in September and October, and in November daily from 9 am - 5 pm. Click here for a map and directions.
    Edwards Apple Orchard Facebook page. . Bluegrass music (presumably only on weekends), apple cider and apple cider donuts. lease join us for warm cider donuts, a fresh cup of cider, and the time together that we've all been craving. See comments about this farm here! Some visitors on Yelp and Google report high prices and a commercialized feel, but the reviews I've received have been positive. Facebook page.

DeKalb County

  • Honey Hill Orchard - apples, raspberries, pumpkins.
    11747 Waterman Road, Waterman, IL 60556. Phone: 815-264-3337. Email: [email protected]. Open: usually starts in late August, PLEASE CHECK BACK CLOSER TO THAT TIME FOR EXACT OPENING DATE AND RIPENING SCHEDULE; Call or email for their dates and hours, and please ask them to update PickYourOwn. Click here for a map and directions. . ORG - Early Season Hours: Labor Day weekend 9 am to 1 pm; Regular Season Hours: open daily from 9 am to 5:30 pm from Tuesday after Labor Day thru October 31st. is a family-owned and operated orchard that was started as a hobby 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, a bakery, the Apple Barn Country Store and family activities.
    Comments from a visitor on October 17, 2009: "We went to the last week (10/10/2009) and had a wonderful time! There were plenty of apples still available and even some raspberries! There was a 10 pound minimum to pick (per group, not per person) for $15 for apples. There were also hay rides out to the pumpkin patch and a bakery that sells delicious pies and donuts as well as a cute store. All of the employees were so friendly there! We decided this is the best orchard we have been to in this area and will be back next year!"
  • Jonamac Orchard, Inc. - - Pumpkins, apples, hayrides, pick-your-own pumpkin patch, kiddie barn
    19412 Shabbona Road, Malta, IL 60150. Phone: 815-825-2158. Open: 7 days a week. Directions: three quarters of a mile south of Malta on Shabbona Road (19412 Shabbona Rd.) . Click here for a map and directions. The apple orchard opens for picking on Labor Day weekend till Thanksgiving 9am - 5:30 daily. Also, prepicked sweet corn, pumpkins, squash, apples, cider, preserves, honey, popcorn, Indian corn, weekend hayride to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Get lost in our 10 acre Corn Maze with 3 miles of pathways and 2 bridges. The kids will love our Barnyard activity area with a huge bale pile, peddle tractors, sand pile, corn bin, play barn, bunny barn, mazes, tube slides and other fun activities. On weekends the Apple Train will be running and you can try your marksmanship skills at our Apple Launcher. We will also have festivals, live music, horse drawn wagon rides and more. Corn Maze is open from September 5th through November 1st on Friday and Saturday 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Click Here for information about our Haunted Corn Maze. (UPDATED: October 10, 2020 JBS) A visitor writes on September 02, 2013: "We visited Jonamac Orchard in DeKalb County for the first time and were amazed how nice it was. Everyone was so friendly and they have a ton of different types of apples for you to pick. They even let you sample the different available apples so you know how they are before you pick them. The store is very nice with apple donuts, fudge, cider, apples and other little things. It is a very family friendly place to visit as there are activities for the kids. We would definitely return. "
    Comments from a visitor on September 09, 2010: "We've been taking the kids for about 5 years now. Its getting to be a habit."

Kane County

  • Kuipers Family Farm - apples, pumpkins, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, gift shop, concessions \\/ refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, Jumping pillow, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    1n318 Watson Road, Maple Park, IL 60151. Phone: 815-827-5200. Open: 7 days a week, Monday through Saturday 9:00 to 6:00. Directions: I88 West to Sugar Grove and Route 47 exit. Route 47 North 10 miles to Keslinger Road. 5 miles West on Keslinger to Watson Road. North on Watson to Entrance. I90 West to Randall Road exit. Randall Road South to Route 38. West on Route 38 five miles past Route 47 to Watson Road. South on Watson Road to farm. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Kuipers Family Farm Facebook page. . Fax: 815-827-4100. Sunday 10 am to 6 pm; September 19 through Halloween; then November - December dail from 10am - 5pm. Apple Orchard, Gift Shop and Bakery. Christmas Trees from Thanksgiving thru Sunday before Christmas; Pumpkin Farm Festivities, Corn Maze and Barn Store Approximate Ripening Dates:Please call for daily updates to the apple picking schedule. Variety Ripens: Variety Ripens Paulared mid-August Red Delicious October 4 Prima August 30 Golden Delicious October 4 Jonamac, Gala September 6 Mutsu, Idared October 18 Cortland, McIntosh September 13 Rome, Winesap October 18 Spartan, Ozark Gold September 13 Blushing Golden October 25 Empire, Jonathan September 20 Granny Smith Nov or later Turn your fall pumpkin picking into a family event. Kuipers offers u-pick pumpkins right from the patch! We also have pre-picked pumpkins in many sizes. When the fall season is over don't forget to come back to Kuipers for your Christmas Season. We offer fresh u-cut and pre-cut Christmas trees and wreaths. We will even have hot cider, home baked pies and our famous apple cider doughnuts to warm you up! For holiday decorating visit our Gift Shop for beautiful Christmas decorations and crafts. (UPDATED: April 29, 2015, JBS) See comments about this farm here!

Lake County

  • Heinz Orchard - apples,
    1050 Crest Road (corner of Crest & Atkinson), Green Oaks, IL 60048. Phone: 847-770-3449. Email: [email protected]. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . Crops are usually available in September, October. Our family-run orchard is the closest to Chicagoland and has been welcoming individuals and families for over 40 years. We don't charge for admission or parking, and there is no minimum-per-person charge. You are more than welcome to bring strollers and wagons into the orchard. Please note that as a small, family-run orchard we do not offer hayrides, food/drink, corn mazes, etc. We specialize in PURE APPLE PICKING FUN in a beautiful surrounding. See comments about this farm here!

McHenry County

  • All Seasons Orchard, Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze - apples, pumpkins, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, U-pick and already picked, farm market, gift shop, concessions \\/ refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, restrooms, inflatables or bounce houses, jumping pillow, ziplines, pedal kart track, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, group reservations
    14510 Il Route 176, Woodstock, IL 60098. Phone: 815-338-5637. Email: [email protected]. Open: daily rain or shine in September and October; Monday to Friday, from 10am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 6pm; Labor Day 10am to 6pm, Columbus Day 10am to 6pm. Directions: From Chicago. Take I-90 West towards O'Hare/Rockford. Exit on IL-47 toward Woodstock. Take a right onto IL-47N and continue for approximately 9 miles. When you see IL-176E (right turn), keep continuing on IL-47N. The next stoplight is IL-176W, turn left. Continue for approximately 2.5 miles. All Seasons is located on the right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    All Seasons Orchard, Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze Facebook page. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. See comments about this farm here!
  • Homestead Orchard - apples, blackberries, cherries, gooseberries, pears, rhubarb, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, porta-potties are available
    11802 Charles Road, Woodstock, IL 60098. Phone: 815-338-7443. Email: [email protected]. Open: Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: From I-90 (Illinois Tollway) go north on Route #47 approximately 12 miles to Woodstock. Continue on #47 through business district going north a few more miles to Charles Road stop sign. Turn right and go 1 mile to Orchard! From McHenry going west on #120. Go to the "Greenwood" stop sign, but do not turn left on #120, continue going west on what is now Charles Road. Homestead Orchard is a mile and a half on the right. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Homestead Orchard Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. See comments about this farm here!
  • Knoll's Apple Orchard and Vegetable Farm - Apples, home grown produce
    15211 Saint Patrick Road, Woodstock, IL 60098. Phone: 815-337-2334. Open: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Also called Knoll's Vegetable Farm and AppleOrchard. They have a Farmers Market, on farm sales, and Pick-your-own. See comments about this farm here!
  • Lang's Orchard - Apples
    17411 Secor Road, Woodstock, IL 60098. Phone: (815) 568-7547. Email: [email protected]. Open: Saturday and SUnday from 11 am to 4 pm; Closed weekdays. Directions: From rts. 47 and 176 take 176 west about 4 miles to Franklinville rd and turn rt. Go 1.7 miles on Franklinville rd to Secor Rd and turn left. Proceed to Farm. . Click here for a map and directions. . Email us . Click here for a map to our farm. We are open September, October. Our store features fruit spreads, local honey and arts and crafts.
  • Meadowmoor Orchard - apples, picnic area you may bring your own food
    1517 N Rte 47, Woodstock, IL 60033. Phone: 815-687-8208. Email: [email protected]. Open: Reopening September, 2015 to October 22 on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. Directions: Take rte 47 north from Woodstock. About 1/2 mile north of the McHenry County Center is where Meadomoor Orchard is located (on the left as you drive north). . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . We have Honeycrisp, Ruby Jonathon, Cortland, Sweet Sixteen, Crimson Crisp and many other varieties available to pick. Please check Facebook for absolute latest info. There is no entertainment and no store-just an old fashioned apple orchard that we started by planting trees in 2006. This is a no-frills, no admission fun family orchard with tasty apples and a few early pumpkins and gourds. It's a beautiful place to spend a fall day!
  • Prairie Sky Orchard - apples, pumpkins, raspberries, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms
    4914 N Union Road, Union, IL 60180. Phone: 815-923-4834. Open: Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . Crops are usually available in late August, September, October. Click here for picking updates.
    Comments from a visitor on October 02, 2009: "Staff was wonderful and I am sure that my family and I will be going back for years to come. Thanks, Rachel" UPDATED: October 02, 2009)
  • Royal Oak Farm Orchard - apples, blackberries, pumpkins, raspberries, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    15908 Hebron Road, Harvard, IL 60033. Phone: 815-648-4141. Email: [email protected]. Open: starting in mid August; Monday to Saturday: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm U - Pick closes at 5:00 pm Closed on Sunday. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . Fax: 815-648-4821. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Crops are usually available in August, September, October, November. Raspberries: August 1 to October 15 or first heavy frost Blackberries: September 15 to October 31 or first heavy frost Apples: August 15 to November 15 Pumpkins: September 15 to November 15 or first heavy frost. No admission fee Monday to Friday $3.00 Admission fee per car Saturdays, Labor Day and Columbus Day Rides in the Entertainment Area include Royal Oak Express, Royal Oak Carousel and Orchard Tours. Each require a $2.50 token. Free Playground and Petting Zoo. Group Tours and School Tours available by appointment Monday to Friday. (UPDATED: October 10, 2020 JBS) See comments about this farm here!
  • Stade's Farm and Market - apples, beans, beets, peas, peppers, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Autumn, red), strawberries, tomatoes, concessions \\/ refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area, inflatables or bounce houses, jumping pillow, ziplines, train rides (train on a track), pedal kart track, petting zoo, school tours, group reservations, events at your location (call for info)
    3709 Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60081. Phone: (815) 675-6396. Email: [email protected]. Open: Pick - Your - Own is open 9 am to 5 pm whenever applicable; Visit our Facebook Page and website for current picking information. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Stade's Farm and Market Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: (815) 979-9212. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Stade's Farm host several special events a year. Please refer to our website for all information about our Classic Car Show, Truck and Tractor Show, and Arts & Crafts on the Farm. UPick strawberries are available from mid June to mid July; Our fall festival in September and October.(UPDATED: September 08, 2020)See comments about this farm here!
  • Sun Berry Orchard - Uses natural growing practices, apples, cucumbers, pumpkins, strawberries, tomatoes, Turkeys (organic, not-hormone-fed), Fresh eggs
    3712 Greenwood Rd, Woodstock, IL 60098. Phone: (847) 404-7555. Email: [email protected]. Open: Typical season is from early May through November; in season, Everyday from 8 am to 6 pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Venmo, PayPal, ApplePay, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Sun Berry Orchard Facebook page. . We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. (ADDED: June 17, 2021)
  • Tom's Farm Market - raspberries, apples, strawberries, farm market
    10214 Algonquin Road, Huntley, IL 60142. Phone: (847) 669-3421. Email: [email protected]. Open: during the Holiday Season so you can purchase pies and our specialty breads (eggnog teacake, cranberry walnut or our miniature fruit cake). Directions: North on Randall Road to Algonquin Road, turn left (west) 3-one half miles. Located on north side of road OR north on Route 47 to Algonquin Road, turn right (east), go 1-one half miles. Located on north side of road. We have U-pick strawberries in June, and during our strawberry season, we bake fresh strawberry pies and have shakes and sundaes made to order. What a treat on those hot days! In July and August, we make great peach cakes from the harvest of wonderful Southern Illinois peaches we receive. Our market is always filled with a delicious aroma that can be smelled right after walking through the door. Our famous pies, cookies, scones and home- made breads are tasty and baked fresh every day. As the season changes, so do our bakery items. For our Fall Fest in September and October, we he have our famous apple cake that is applelicious! November we begin taking orders for our Thanksgiving pies. Call our bakery, to place an order. We are . Click here for a map and directions.
    Tom's Farm Market Facebook page. . call, email or see their website for current hors and availability; strawberry fest on Father's Day weekend. open In the Fall, we have a 5 Acre Corn Maze, Straw Mounds, Petting Zoo, Bunny Village, Goat Walk, Wooden Train/School Bus/Tractor, Spider Web). (ADDED: june 22, 2013X)
  • Woodstock Country Orchard - raspberries, apples
    17015 Garden Valley Road, Woodstock, IL 60098. Phone: (815) 923-4359. Email: [email protected]. Click here for a map and directions. . See these pages for more information: [Hours] [Map] [Schedule] [Varieties] [Prices]. 12 varieties of the best apples. See comments about this farm here!

Will County

  • Apples On Oak - apples,
    16146 Oak Avenue, Lockport, IL 60137. Phone: 815-726-0386. Directions: 16146 West Oak Avenue(not Oak STREET) Joliet, IL 60432. We are located just west of Interstate 355, between 159th Street and Route 6. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Apples On Oak Facebook page. . August 1st to Mid October or until we run out of apples; Days/Hours: Wednesday: 9:00am to 6:00pm; Saturday: 9:00am to 6:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am to 5:00pm. A family owned and operated U-Pick Apple Orchard "Where the people are friendly and the apples are tasty!" Treat yourself to the taste sensation of specialty and traditional apple varieties grown in Peceniak's Orchard. With 90 to 100 different varieties to choose from, there is an apple variety for everyone. It's an apple connoisseur's delight! Two varieties of Asian Pears are also available. Our Goal: To produce the highest quality apples possible, while using a "Low Spray" philosophy for pest control.
  • Bronkberry Farms - blueberries, apples, pumpkins, farm market, porta-potties are available, hayrides
    18108 S. Bronk Road, Plainfield, IL 60586. Phone: 815-436-6967. Email: [email protected]. Open: Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . . spring flowers, fresh vegetables, sweetcorn, pumpkins, tractor pulled hayrack rides. we are just starting up this year so please call or visit our website for availability and hours.

Apple picking tips:

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first.  Once they are picked, they stop ripening. Picking apples directly from a tree is easy. Roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist; don't pull straight away from the tree. If two apples are joined together at the top, both will come away at the same time. Don't shake the trees or branches.  If the apple you are trying to pick drops, (or others on the tree) go ahead and pick it up. They're perfectly fine! But do wash them before you eat them! More info: How to tell when apples are ripe

  • Once picked, don't throw the apples into the baskets, place them in gently, or they will bruise and go bad more quickly.
  • Don't wash apples until just before using to prevent spoilage.
  • For an explanation of why apple slices turn brown and how to stop it, see this page!
  • Keep apples cool after picking to increase shelf life.  A cool basement is ideal, but the fruit/vegetable drawer of a refrigerator will work, too.  A refrigerator is fine for small quantities of apples. Boxed apples need to be kept in a cool, dark spot where they won't freeze. Freezing ruptures all of an apple's cells, turning it into one large bruise overnight. The usual solution is to store apples in a root cellar. But root cellars often have potatoes in them: apples and potatoes should never be stored in the same room because, as they age, potatoes release an otherwise ethylene gas, which makes apples spoil faster. If you can keep the gas away from your apples, they will keep just fine. Just don't store them right next to potatoes.
    Prevent contact between apples stored for the winter by wrapping them individually in sheets of newspaper. The easiest way to do this is to unfold a section of newspaper all the way and tear it into quarters. Then stack the wrapped apples . See more here: How to store apples at home
  • Apples don't improve or "ripen" after being picked - this is an urban myth - see this page for the truth - with references!

Which apple variety is best?

There are tens of thousands of varieties of apples, developed over centuries. They vary in sugar, acoidity, flavors, storing, crispness and many other attributes. See our guides to apple varieties:

Canning apples - fully illustrated, with step-by-step instructions

Recipes, illustrated with step by step instructions

Using fresh apples and miscellaneous

 

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)


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