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

Blueberry picking season is upon us! But where to find blueberry picking near here? We’ve rounded up all the blueberry u-pick farms within 2 hours of Chicago, right here, with a map to help you plan your trip! So pack a picnic lunch, sunscreen, bug spray, and buckets or boxes. Blueberry picking season lasts approximately 3-4 weeks, but blueberries freeze very nicely so you can enjoy their deliciousness (and antioxidants!) year-round.

2019 Blueberry Picking Season: U-Pick Berries 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. Don’t forget to check out our tips for picking at the bottom of the article!

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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 – 4:30 pm. Hours will vary based on picking availability. Blueberry season begins mid-July. They also have strawberries, rhubarb, blackberries, and raspberries available for u-pick, when in season.

McCann Berry Farm
18110 Kishwaukee Valley Road
Woodstock, IL 60098
(815) 568-8810
Blueberry season is expected to start July 10 and run through 2nd week of August. Hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays only from 8:00 am — 2:00 pm (or picked out). Call 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 – 3:00 pm, closed Sunday. Blueberry season is projected to begin July 6 and will likely last through early August. Their website is updated regularly, so check for updates.

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Eenigenburg’s Blueberries
6721 W. State Road 10
Demotte, IN 46310
(219) 987-2957
Open Monday–Saturday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm, closed Sunday.
Blueberries should be available early July; as of publishing, they estimate they will open July 8. Check their Facebook page for most up to date information.

Merrillville Farms
6716 Colorado Street
Hobart, IN 46342
(219) 947-0223
Open Monday–Saturday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Call ahead to check u-pick hours.

Johnson’s Farm Produce
8960 East Ridge Road
Hobart, IN 46342
(219) 962-1383
Blueberry season starts early July, open Thursday–Sunday. Thursday and Friday, $2/person fee to pick. On the weekends, the Blueberry Festival is July 6, 7, 13, 14. Blueberry festival has a kid’s fun farm with train rides, inflatables, jump pad, corn box, and petting zoo. Admission is $8 per person and includes access to u-pick and kids area.

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

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
Information on the 2019 season isn’t available yet; call or check online for updates.

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 Tuesdays. Season usually lasts July 4 through Labor Day; call for updates.

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.

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 on when u-pick will be available.

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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; more information on opening day will be available towards the end of June. Only cash and check accepted; no pets.

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. Check their Facebook page for updates about opening day.

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. Check the website for more information on opening day.

Planning Your Trip

Questions to Ask

Always call before you go picking to verify hours. (We can’t stress this enough!) 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 charge for containers or don’t supply them at all, so 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, bring sunscreen and bug spray. After it rains, sometimes the mosquitos linger. Wear gym shoes with socks, or even better yet, boots. You will get dirty, but that’s half the fun, right?

Water! Drink it often! You don’t realize all the bending over and sunshine catches up with you!

Bring a picnic lunch or at least a snack and a blanket to eat on. Bring wipes or hand sanitizer, too.

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! Bring a change of clothes to wear on the way home for the kids, and maybe grown-ups, too.

Blueberry 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

Nicole Majewski
Nicole and her family live in Bloomingdale. She is a former teacher and now stay at home mom of three adorable kids. Her family loves to be outside, exploring nature and getting dirty. In the winter months, you will find them at the local library or an indoor play place.

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