Apple Picking Near Chicago

3 October 2019

An apple orchard with green apples in baskets.


It’s that time of year again, Chicago. The leaves are beginning to change colors and the smell of fall is in the air. Our favorite fall scents — and tastes — are cider, donuts and apples. That’s why we’re bringing you the expert’s guide to the best apple picking at orchards near Chicago. 


Prairie Sky Orchard

Prairie Sky Orchard is the perfect spot for the classic apple picking experience. This u-pick orchard is open every day from 10 AM – 5 PM, giving folks plenty of time to get down and enjoy the perfect fall activity. The orchard also offers a store with pre-bagged apples and other fall goodies, and their Koffee Kiosk is open on the weekends to serve up apple cider donuts, fresh pie and more. 

Prairie Sky Orchard is located at 4914 North Union Road, Union, IL 60180. 


County Line Orchard

County Line Orchard is the place to go if you’re looking for extra activities and snacks galore alongside a great apple picking experience. In addition to their u-pick orchard, County Line also features daily attractions such as a kid’s farm, moo-choo train ride, bee yurts and a corn maze. The orchard has plenty of food options too, with their own kitchen, grill and food trucks on site.

County Line Orchard is located at 200 South County Line Road, Hobart, IN 46342. 


Jonamac Apple Orchard

Jonamac Apple Orchard is a family farm, but don’t let that fool you into thinking they don’t have all the latest amenities that you could ask for with your apple picking experience. Their 105-acre orchard also features a cider house, store and bakery, corn maze and pumpkin patch. The cider house offers exclusive lines of apple wines and hard ciders that easily make Jonamac the best fun for an adult apple picking outing yet.

Jonamac Apple Orchard is located at 19412 Shabbona Road, Malta, IL 60150.