Blueberry Picking Near Chicago: U-Pick Blueberries + Tips for Your Trip

Blueberry picking season is upon us! These magical little “super-fruits” are not only delicious, but good for you, and fun to pick for little hands. Blueberry picking season lasts approximately 3-4 weeks, but blueberries freeze very nicely to enjoy  year-round. We’ve got all the listings and a map of blueberry farms within 2 hours of Chicago so you can find the answer to the question, “Where can I find blueberry picking near me?”.

Blueberry Picking with Your Family Near Chicago

Note that some of these farms may be in a different time zone (Indiana), so please keep that in mind when you plan your trip.  Hours may also change as the season winds down or the supply begins to run low.  Please call ahead to ensure the best trip possible for you and your family.

Blueberry Picking Map

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Blueberry Picking Near Chicago

The following spots for u-pick blueberries are within two hours of Chicago.

Tammen Treeberry Farm
37131 Essex Road
Wilmington, IL 60481
(815) 458-6264
Open Monday–Saturday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Blueberry picking begins mid-July.  Restrooms available with shaded picnic area.

Valley Orchard
911 East State Street
Cherry Valley, IL 61016
(815) 332-9696
Open Monday–Saturday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

McCann Berry Farm
18110 Kishwaukee Valley Road
Woodstock, IL
(815) 568-8810
Blueberry season is mid-July through mid-August. Hours are Wednesday and Saturday 8:00 am — 3:00 pm. Call ahead after 12:00 pm to check availability for the day.

Fritts Berry Farm
10301 N. State Road 10
DeMotte, IN 46310
(219) 987-2228
Open Monday–Friday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, Saturday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm, closed Sunday. Blueberries should be ready early July and last through early August.

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Eenigenburg’s Blueberries
6721 W State Road 10
Demotte, IN 46310
(219) 987-2957
Open Monday–Saturday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, closed Sunday.
Blueberries should be available early July.  Check Facebook page for most up to date information.

Zylstra’s Blueberries
13000 N 1200 W
DeMotte, IN 46310
(219) 987-2061
Call ahead for current hours, closed Sunday.

Merrillville Farms
6716 South Colorado Street
Hobart, IN 46342
(219) 947-0223
Open Monday–Saturday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Johnson’s Farm Produce
8960 East Ridge Road
Hobart, Indiana 46342
(219) 962-1383
718 West HWY 30
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383
(219) 759-6359
Blueberry season starts early July, open Thursday-Sunday. Thursday and Friday, $2/pp fee to pick; Saturday and Sunday, $7/pp fee to pick.

Blue Sky Berry Farm
15552 S. 1050 W.
Wanatah, IN 46390
(219) 733-2416
Open daily 7:00 am – 7:00 pm.  Opening 4th of July weekend.

VanKley’s Blueberries
2666 W. St. Road 10
Wheatfield, IN 46392
(219) 956-3687
Open Monday–Saturday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm.  Check Facebook for most up to date information.

Grandma’s Berry Patch
9895 W. 1700 S.
Lacrosse, IN 46348
(219) 733-9080
Open Monday–Friday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday–Sunday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm.

Blueberries of Indiana
2388 W. 1000 North
LaPorte, IN 46350
(219) 326-8686
Open six days a week 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, closed Tuesday. Season usually lasts July 4 through Labor Day.

Garwood Orchards
5911 W. 50 S
LaPorte, IN 46350
(219) 362-4385
Open daily 9:00 am – 5:30 pm. This farm offers many different fruits and vegetables for purchase and picking. Check the website for up to date information on what is available.

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The Blueberry Patch
7015 Blackwell Drive
Sawyer, MI 49125
(269) 426-4521
Shaded picnic area, and near the Warren Dunes to make for a wonderful day trip. Check their Facebook page for up to date information.

Stateline Blueberries
9957 North Frontage Road
Michigan City, IN 46360
(219) 874-7721
Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, Saturday – Sunday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, closed Tuesdays. Early July through late August.  Only cash and check accepted; no pets please.

Billy Boy’s Blueberry Barn
650 Freyer Road
Michigan City, IN 46360
(219) 872-7477
Open six days a week 8:30 am – 6:00 pm, closed Tuesday.

Bonnell’s Blueberry Patch
4840 S. 600 West
North Judson, IN 46366
(574) 896-5365
Open daily 7:00 am – 6:00 pm. Cash or check accepted, bring your own boxes or containers.

Planning Your Trip

Always call before you go picking to verify hours. Ask if the fields are picked over or still have a decent amount of blueberries to pick. The length of the season is greatly affected by the weather, especially with berries.

Some farms do not supply containers, or charge you for them–so you can plan for that too. When we have gone blueberry picking in the past, we have used small buckets or metal coffee cans with soft rope through each side.

I also recommend asking when the fields were sprayed. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to pick right after they sprayed that morning or even if they sprayed the day before and it hasn’t rained. It’s way more fun to pick if you can sample along the way!

Things to Bring

I would recommend wearing a hat while picking. Sometimes you can stand in the shade of the blueberry bushes, but shade isn’t always available in the field. If you bring a baby, I would set up a blanket with an umbrella in the middle of the row and make sure your little one is in the shade.

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Dress lightly and bring sunscreen. We have gone picking and didn’t need to wear bug spray, but it wouldn’t hurt to bring that along too.

Water! Drink it often!

Bring a picnic lunch or at least a snack and a blanket to eat on.

Don’t wear nice clothes or shoes. Especially with kids, you almost always get blueberry juice on your clothes… which is really hard to get out!

Picking Tips

Blueberries are ripe when they are all dark blue. The portion around the stem turns color last, so don’t pick berries that are just blue on the bottom. If the berries are slightly red around the stem they are good, just a little tart.

If you have a bucket or coffee can with a rope tied to it, you can hang it around your neck to allow the berries to fall into the container as you pick (much faster).

Often there are great berries in the center of the bush, or down low, which is perfect for your little ones!

When You Get Home

Don’t wash your blueberries until you are ready to eat them. Washing makes them more prone to spoiling.

Freeze your blueberries: It is better to freeze blueberries without washing them so they do not get icy. Just pour them into a ziplock bag and place in the freezer. Blueberries can keep for months in the freezer!

We’ve got tons more outdoor activities to do with your family this summer! Did we forget one of your favorite blueberry farms? Please comment below so we make sure to add it. Did you visit one of these farms? We’d love to see your pictures!  Please tag us on Facebook or Instagram with #mykidlist.

About the Author

Kristen Sheehan
Kristen is a Burbank native who settled with her family in New Lenox in 2016. She loves her new neighborhood and could not be happier with her new home. Kristen and her husband have three amazing children – two daughters, ages six years and twelve months, and a three year-old son. She also has a furry shih-tzu baby, who is 10 years old. The kids are active and energetic, but Kristen enjoys providing a mix of structured play/activities and downtime at home. She is passionate about keeping her family healthy and happy. During the winter, Kristen likes to go sledding and skating – as well as experiencing indoor play spaces. During the summer, she loves getting outside with her family – playgrounds, festivals, fairs, picnicking, bike riding, and trips to the zoo. Her kids love helping in the kitchen, and Kristen enjoys cooking and baking with them!

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