Fall in Chicago and Beyond means it’s time to hit the farm. Well, at least an orchard, pumpkin patch, or winery for a fall harvest festival in Northern Illinois. Check out one of these events, or view more things to do near Chicago at chicagoandbeyond.com.
Royal Oak Farm Orchard, Harvard: This amazing u-pick apple orchard near Chicago, offers family fun and entertainment in a beautiful 120 acre country setting. Choose to pick from over 12,000 apple trees including 29 varieties of apples and new varieties being planted each spring. You can also pick your own late summer and fall raspberries as well as pumpkins, giant pumpkins, gourds and squash. Don’t forget to visit their Apple Barn and Harvest Barn for fresh picked apples, raspberries, pre-picked peaches, pumpkins and their famous apple cider slushees. Bring home some delicious apple cider! Your visit to this orchard near Chicago is a full day of family fun! Call them at 815-648-4141, or visit them online at royaloakfarmorchard.com.
Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm, Homer Glen: Voted the “Best in Chicago” by Fox News viewers in Chicago! For over 31 years BENGTSON’S PUMPKIN FEST is the “Home of Happy Halloween”. Open Sept. 29th through October 30th, 10am to 8pm for 2012 season. 26 Days of FREE Unlimited Kiddie Rides with admission*. Pig Races-daily, 4 Kiddie Rides, 90’ Mega Fun Slide, Petting Zoo, Giant Corn Box, Hayrides, Haunted & Fun Barn, Milking Cows (simulated), Vortex Tunnel, Animation throughout, Corn Maze, Field Trips and so much more! Fun for the whole family, over 44 attractions, activities and eats n treats. Discount coupons, directions and more info visit their website pumpkinfarm.com
Galena Cellars Fall Harvest and Art Festival, September 29-30, 2012: Getaway from Chicago for a fun-filled weekend in Galena celebrating the bounty of the fall harvest at Galena Cellars Vineyard! Entertainment for the entire family includes live music, delicious food, pumpkin & face painting, grape stomp contest, vineyard tours and hayrides. As an added bonus, Galena Cellars will also be showcasing the talents of the Galena Cultural Arts Alliance with an art show in Galena on both Saturday and Sunday. Check their website for complete information on this can’t miss Galena Festival: galenacellars.com