Spooky season isn’t complete without pumpkin patches and corn mazes. Not only are they fun fall activities for all ages, but let’s be honest…we do it for the Gram too! We’ve rounded up a list of the best corn mazes and pumpkin patches near Chicago for your fall festivities and your Instagram feed.
Looking for Halloween happenings at bars and restaurants? We have a full guide for that as well!
1467 N Elston Ave. Chicago, IL 60642
Surround yourself with two acres of outdoor fun at this pumpkin patch in the heart of Chicago in Goose Island. This pop-up experience includes a larger-than-life corn maze, pumpkin patch, carnival games, ax throwing, fortune tellers, food trucks, and full bars. Jack’s also has plenty of photo-op spots like its popular pumpkin house and oversized pumpkin spice latte. It’s the only place in the city proper where you can get your fix of outdoor fall fun.
29W310 North Ave. West Chicago, IL 60185
With a haunted-themed hayride and barn experience, Sonny Acres Farm in Chicago is all about the spooky season vibes. The farm is a family-owned and operated business and has been serving the community since 1883. It has the classics like a pumpkin patch, petting and self-feed zoos, hayrides, and pony rides, but Sonny Acres Farm can get the adrenaline pumping too. When the sun sets, experience a haunted hayride and barn complete with spooky characters from clowns and zombies to goblins and ghouls.
16849 S Cedar Rd. Homer Glen, IL 60491
You can find an entertaining corn maze about an hour’s drive southwest of Chicago. You can get lost in the cornfields with two mazes at different levels. For a challenge, make your way through 3.4 miles of tall corn. If you want a quicker bout or are accompanying children, walk through Konow’s 0.4 mile-maze. Konow’s also has an animal barn with pigs, sheep, alpacas, cows, and more. An indoor western town brings you back to the old days. Inside, you’ll also find two large corn pits, a western-style shooting gallery, a hands-on mining experience, straw playgrounds, mechanical bull, bounce house, and more.
13341 W 151st St. Homer Glen, IL 60491
If you’re looking for more of an amusement park vibe, Bengtson’s has got it covered. Rooster Rodeo is one of the farm’s newest attractions and is a fun roller coaster track ride. Other new attractions include Rockin’ Rabbits, a bouncing mechanical ride, and Barrel Blast, a rustic take on the classic spinning teacups ride. Bengtson’s also offers a few other farm-themed track rides, a 90-feet fun slide, pig races, a petting zoo, pony rides, and of course, a pumpkin patch.
3709 Miller Rd. McHenry, IL 60051
Approximately 50 miles northwest of Chicago, you’ll find the popular pick-your-own destination Stade’s Farm & Market in McHenry. The farm produces 2,200 acres of corn, soybeans, and fresh fruits and vegetables that are sold in the Farm Market. If you’re more of the DIY type, you can also harvest your own apples, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, peppers, and more. There are about 30 acres of pumpkins in its pumpkin patch so you’re bound to find the perfect one! Stade’s has 35+ farm-related attractions, including a petting zoo, corn maze, giant slides, and hayrides.
909 English Prairie Rd. Spring Grove, IL 60081
If you really want to master the corn maze, go to Richardson Adventure Farm for the ultimate challenge. Home of the 28-acre corn maze, Richardson will have you winding through ten miles of live corn. This behemoth of a maze is actually composed of four smaller mazes with its own paths and checkpoints, so you can do just one maze or all four if you’re feeling adventurous. The farm also has a bungee-enhanced bouncer, carousel, slides, two-pedal kart tracks, paintball shooting, and more attractions. If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, Richardson also has unique experiences like zip-lining and zorbing.
Featured Image Credit: Sonny Acres Farm