Here Are The 7 Absolute Best Pumpkin Patches In Illinois To Enjoy In 2023
By Linze Rice|Published September 18, 2023
Ope! From the rural cornfields of DeKalb County, Linze is an Illinois native and true Midwestern gal who can make a mean bonfire and whip up a perfect marshmallow salad. Since 2014, her bylines and photography have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, and Block Club Chicago/DNAinfo Chicago, Only in Your State, and more. She has interviewed Dolly Parton, written about beloved diners along historic Route 66, visited the last Rainforest Cafe in the Illinois, and reviewed luxurious English manor-inspired hotels. Whether it's writing about a local gem or world-renowned establishment, Linze brings a heartwarming and historical perspective to each story, using facts, wit, and personal experience to impress upon readers the importance of culture, food, travel, and all things local. Her favorite destinations in Illinois include Starved Rock State Park, Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood, the charming small town of Sycamore, and historic Rosehill Cemetery. When she's not writing or photographing, Linze enjoys gardening, spending time with her husband and pets, cooking, baking, and grilling, and relaxing with trashy TV.
Flannels, mums, and hay rides — oh my! Fall is the best time of year in Illinois, and one of our greatest traditions is spending an afternoon at the pumpkin patch, carefully selecting our favorite orange gourds. Growing up in the country, I was surrounded by family farms, many of which offered pumpkins for sale once fall rolled around. Add in extras like cider doughnuts, corn mazes, and outdoor attractions and we’re really feeling the spirit. To help spread some autumnal joy, we’ve rounded up the seven best pumpkin patches in Illinois — perfect for a small-town day trip.
Which of these best pumpkin patches in Illinois have you visited? Which are on your fall bucket list? Have another favorite pumpkin patch? Tell us in the comments! And if you’re like me and want to make sure you’re full on-theme for the fall, this adorable bestselling pumpkin sweatshirt from Etsy has more than 6,000 positive reviews and is the perfect way to stay comfy and cozy during autumnal adventures.
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