I have found a few apple orchards still located in the Chicagoland area that would be a fun place for a family to go pick apples for the afternoon and taste them fresh off the tree. Most apple orchards that offer apple picking have much better prices per pound than the grocery store for the apples.
It is very economical to go pick a few bushels of apples and store them in the fridge for a few months as you eat them. You also get a better variety of apples than you can find at the store because many Orchards offer local varieties that you won’t get from the national suppliers. Also, many of these apple farms have other fruits and vegetables they grow locally and sell. In fact many of these places are the same farms that produce the fruit and vegetables you see every weekend at the farmstand farmers markets in the downtown areas of the suburbs.
Some of the other offerings many of these Orchard Farms have are: Blueberries, Raspberries, Pumpkins, Honey, Cider and home made Baked Goods. The quality and taste is far better from local growers that have food available fresh and ripe than the national supermarkets. Here are the addresses, phone numbers, directions and web addresses of the apple orchard farms that I was able to find. I hope they provide a fun and yummy experience for you and your family this autumn season.
All Season Apple Orchard Address: 14510 Route 176 in Woodstock, IL 60098 in McHenry County
Phone number: (815) 338-5637
Hours: Wednesday thru Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm
Description: Pick apples, taste our delicious apple donuts, hanging out in the petting zoo or shop at our gift shop for your afternoon in the country.
Apples On Oak address: 16146 Oak Avenue in Lockport, IL 60432 in Will County, IL
Phone number : (815) 726-0386
Hours: Open August through October on Wednesdays & Saturdays from 9:00am to 6:00pm, Sundays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Directions: Located just 3 miles North of New Lenox Interstate 80 exit, or 3 miles SOUTH of Route 7 (159th street) in Lockport
Curran’s Apple Farm address: 6385 Trask Bridge Rd (Route 70) in Rockford, IL 61101 in Winnebago County
Phone number: (815) 963-7848
Hours: Middle-September through Middle-December from 10AM to 6PM Tuesdays thru Sundays
Heinz Orchard address: 1050 Crest Road in Green Oaks, IL 60048 in Lake County, IL
Phone number: 847-287-5867
Hours: Middle September – October on Friday thru Sunday from 9:30am to 5:30pm
Directions: From Chicago: Take I-94W toward Wisconsin and exit at Rt. 176 Rockland Road). Make a right turn at the bottom of the ramp onto Rt. 176. At the second light St. Mary’s Road make a right turn. Take St. Mary’s to the second light Atkinson Road and make a right turn. From Wisconsin: Take I-94E to Rt. 137 Buckley Road. At the second stoplight St. Mary’s Road make a left turn. At the next stoplight Atkinson Road make a left turn. The orchard is 2 blocks down at the corner of Atkinson and Crest in Green Oaks.
Homestead Orchard address: 11802 Charles Road in Woodstock, IL 60098 in McHenry County, IL
Phone number: 815-338-7443
Hours: May through October on Monday through Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm , Sundays 12:00 to 5:00
Directions: Rt. 47 north through Woodstock to Charles Rd. Then turn right and drive 1 mile East to orchard; From Rt. 120, travel west through McHenry ..instead of turning at Rt. 120 and Greenwood, keep driving west for 1 & 1/2 miles.
Honey Hill Orchard address: 11747 Waterman Road in Waterman, IL 60556 in DeKalb County, IL
Phone number: 815-264-3337
Jonamac Orchards address: 19412 Shabbona Road in Malta, IL 60150 in DeKalb County, IL
Phone number: 815-825-2158
Hours: Middle August through Thanksgiving open 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Directions: 3/4 South of Malta on Shabbona Rd. Visit our website for a MapQuest map and directions.
Knutson’s Country Harvest address: 13550 Townhouse Rd in Newark, IL 60541 in Kendall County, IL
Phone number: 815-695-5905
Season: Early June – Late October, Apples starting Middle of July;
Hours: June Sat 9am-4pm, July – Oct: Sat 9am – 4pm, Sun 1pm – 4pm, Wed 9 am – 1pm.
Directions: Newark is 30 miles west of Joliet. We are 1 mile south of Newark, on Townhouse Road See our website for maps and step-by-step directions or call.
Kuipers Family Farm address: 1N318 Watson Road in Maple Park, IL 60151 in Kane County, IL
Phone number: 815-827-5200
Hours Times: September through Middle December on Tuesday through Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am to 6pm. Open Labor Day & Columbus Day.
Directions: I-88 W to Sugar Grove/Rt. 47 Exit North to Keslinger Rd., W on Keslinger about 5 miles to Watson Rd., N to Farm. OR Rt. 38, 5 miles west of Rt. 47 to Watson Rd., South to Farm.
Lang’s Orchard address: 17411 Secor Rd in Woodstock, IL 60098 in McHenry County, IL
Hours: Early September through October. Saturday through Wednesday, 11 am – 5 pm
Directions: Take Route 176 west from Route 47 to Franklinville Road and turn right. Stay on Franklinville Road for 1.6 miles and turn left on Secor Road.
More Than Delicious Orchard address: 9905 Thompson Rd in Woodstock, IL 60098 in McHenry County, IL
Phone number: 815-338-2309
Hours: Usually starting in middle September; on Saturdays and Sundays, 10am – 5pm.
Directions: Orchard located 2 miles East of Woodstock at the corner of Rt 120 and Thompson Road
Plank Road Apple Orchard address: 50w737 Plank Road in Sycamore, IL 60178 in Kane County, IL
Phone number: 815-899-4020
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 10:00 am to5:00 pm – Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Directions: From Sycamore 5 miles east of Rt 23; 3 miles west of Burlington.
Prairie Sky Orchard address; 4914 N Union Rd in Union, IL 60180 in McHenry County, IL
Phone numbers: 815-923-4834
Hours: September 1 to October 31, 10 AM to 6 PM. Everyday except Tuesday.
Directions: Located at Rt 176 and North Union Rd. 12 miles west of Crystal Lake on Rt. 176. I-90 from Chicago to Rt 20, north to South Union Rd. thru town of Union, North Union Rd. to intersection of Rt 176.
Royal Oak Farm and Fruit Orchard address: 15908 Hebron Road in Harvard, IL 60033 in McHenry County
Phone number: 815-648-4141
Hours : August 15 to November 30; 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday; 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Saturdays; Closed on Sundays
Valley Orchard address: 811 E Elgin St in Cherry Valley, IL 61016 in Winnebago County, IL
Phone numbers: 815-332-9696
Hours Times: May – Mid-November; 9AM to 6PM Monday – Saturday and 10AM – 6PM Sunday
Woodstock Country Orchard address: 17015 Garden Valley Road in Woodstock, IL 60098 in McHenry County, IL
Phone number: 815-923-4359
Hours: September 1st through middle October, Friday 10am – 2pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am – 4pm
orchard website: woodstockcountryorchard.com