Apple Picking: U-Pick Apples Near Chicago

There are so many great apple picking orchards within an hour and a half of our area! Some have activities, shops, and food, while others will offer a more traditional farm experience. Decide what type of apple picking experience you would like and enjoy a fun and active day with your family!

The map below shows the locations of each orchard so you can easily see where they are when planning which orchard to visit. You can click (or touch) each marker for the orchard name, address, and brief description.

Below the map you will find each apple orchard with the date they start u-pick, location, phone number, hours, admission/parking fees, and description. Although all information should be current, please call before you go to check picking conditions and hours because they are subject to change.

A few of the orchards have early varieties that are available to pick right now. Our family’s experience has been that the early varieties taste great, but do not store as well as the varieties that ripen starting around Labor Day. In any case, I recommend that you look at what varieties are available and choose the type of apples you are interested in taking home before you plan your trip.


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Apple Picking: U-Pick Apples Near Chicago

Apples on Oak
16146 W. Oak Avenue
Lockport, IL 60441
(815) 726-0386

  • Open early August–mid October
  • Hours: Wednesday and Saturday: 9:00am – 6:00pm, Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Free parking and free Admission
  • A small u-pick orchard with apples in August and September. Due to high demand, their apples are usually gone by early October.

Heinz Orchard
1050 Crest Road
Green Oaks, IL 60048
(847) 770-3449

  • Currently offering picking Friday through Sunday
  • Check website for availability as 2017 crop is limited due to unfavorable spring weather conditions.
  • No admission or parking fees, however at least one person in your party must buy a bag. They accept cash, but not checks or credit cards.
  • A small, family-run orchard with apple trees for picking. Strollers and wagons are welcome in the orchard.

Kuiper’s Family Farm
1n318 Watson Road
Maple Park, IL 60151
(815) 827-5200

  • Open for the season on August 19, 2017
  • Hours: Saturdays 9am – 5:30pm and Sundays 9am – 5pm
  • Admission to orchard is $10 per person and includes ¼ peck bag of apples and hayride to the grove (conditions permitting). Children 2 and under are free, but don’t receive a bag.
  • Strollers, wagons, and backpacks are not permitted in the orchard.
  • There are hayrides to the apple grove. They also have a shop and bakery with apple cider doughnuts, caramel apples, and fresh-pressed pasteurized apple cider.
  • Pumpkins also available for buying and picking.

Knutson’s Country Harvest
13550 Townhouse Road
Newark, IL 60541
(815) 557-4630

  • Apples are only available in their country store
  • Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9 am – 2 pm, Saturday 9 am – 4 pm, Sunday 1 pm – 4 pm, call to arrange other times
  • A variety of fruits are available for u-pick and pre-pick when in season. They also have a country store with many products.

County Line Orchard
200 S County Line Rd
Hobart, IN 46342
(219) 947-4477

  • Opened for the season on August 30, 2017
  • U-pick hours: 9 am – 5 pm daily
  • General admission for the u-pick area is $1 per person, but admission ranges up to $10 to include all of the attractions.
  • Kids area with a train ride, play area, and animals, corn maze, observation bee hives, tractor rides to the u-pick apple trees, and gift shop.

Plank Road Orchard
50w737 Plank Rd
Sycamore, IL 60178
(815) 899-4020

  • Open August 25, 2017 through the beginning of October
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
  • Cash or check only
  • U-Pick and pre-bagged apples
  • On the weekends they sell homemade baked goods
  • 5 lb. pick minimum per person over the age of 5 years old

Honey Hill Orchard
11747 Waterman Road
Waterman, IL 60556
(815) 264-3337

  • Early season hours (late August through early September) Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm
  • Full season hours (September 6 – October 31) 9 am – 5:30 pm daily
  • Farm petting zoo, straw maze, country store, feeding trough kitchen, and orchard bakery
  • Pick your own apples, raspberries and pumpkins – click here to see what is available

All Seasons Orchard
14510 Illinois Route 176
Woodstock, IL 60098
(815) 338-5637

  • Open September 2 – October 29, 2017
  • Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm; Saturday, Sunday, Labor Day, Columbus Day: 10 am – 6 pm
  • There are different admission fee price points depending on how many activities you would like to participate in. Click here for pricing. Children 2 and under are free.
  • Wagon ride to the apple orchard and many activities including a corn maze, petting zoo, pedal karts, jumping pillow, and more. Please check the website for all the additional activities listed for weekdays and weekends.
  • Click here for apple variety availability
  • Pumpkins and gourds are also available

Prairie Sky Orchard
4914 N Union Road
Union, IL 60180
(815) 923-4834

  • Open September 1, 2017
  • Hours: 10am – 5pm daily
  • Free admission and parking
  • Store and Koffee Kiosk with coffee, lunch, and a fresh piece of apple pie.

Jonamac Orchard
19412 Shabbona Road
Malta, IL 60150
(815) 825-2158

  • Open August 16, 207. Corn maze opens September 2, 2017.
  • Hours: 9am – 5pm daily
  • No admission fees for the pick your own orchard, however you need to purchase apple picking bags from the store or apple hut before entering the orchard to pick. Admission fees vary for activity areas.
  • Jumping pillow, petting zoo, barn yard play area, corn maze, hayrides, store, and bakery.

Woodstock Country Orchard
17015 Garden Valley Road
Woodstock, IL 60098
(815) 923-4359

  • Hours: Friday 10 am – 2 pm, Saturday – Sunday 9 am – 4 pm, closed Monday – Thursday.
  • No admission price; cash or check only for purchases
  • Quiet farm experience
  • Apples, raspberries, and local honey

Lang’s Orchard
17411 Secor Road
Woodstock, IL 60098
(815) 568-7547

  • Open September 9, 2017
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 11am – 4pm
  • No admission or parking fees
  • $16/per peck with the exception of Honeycrisp
  • Classic apple picking with a farm store

Homestead Orchard
11802 Charles Road
Woodstock, IL 60098

  • U-pick open now through the end of October, 2017
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday 12 – 5pm
  • Free admission and free parking, cash or check only
  • Amish jams, jellies, and salsas for sale at the orchard

More Than Delicious Orchard
9905 W. Thompson Road
Woodstock, IL 60098
(815) 575-9650

  • Open September 10, 2017 through about October 2, 2017 (please call to confirm end date)
  • Hours: Saturday – Sunday 10am – 5pm
  • No admission or parking fees
  • If you have more than 4 people in your party over the age of 3, they ask that you pick a minimum of a peck for every 4 people
  • No hay rides or petting zoos: apple picking in its purest form

Please note that Mowry’s Fresh Farm and Garden Fresh Farm are no longer open for business.

Looking for more fall fun? Head over to our Guide to Fall Activities for Kids!

About the Author

Meghan Neill
Meghan and her husband live in Downers Grove with their two sons ages six and seven and their four year old daughter. She is a transplant to the Chicago area and absolutely loves all that the western suburbs have to offer for her young family. One of their favorite places to visit year round is the Morton Arboretum. During the summer months, they love to garden, bike, swim, and play golf together. In the winter, Meghan and her children are happy to be home trying out new kid friendly recipes and being creative. As a former teacher, Meghan believes in a healthy balance of unstructured play and scheduled activities. She is excited to be part of the Kidlist team and wants to help families add fun and laughter to their days!

3 Comments on "Apple Picking: U-Pick Apples Near Chicago"

  1. Do we know which if any of these farms provide Organic you pick apples?

  2. Garden Patch Farms in Homer Glen, while cute, is not really apple picking. They have trees and then bins where you pick your apples from…but you aren’t getting them off the trees. So, if you want the true apple picking experience, you’ll want to travel farther.

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