NORTHBROOK, IL — Coronavirus has taken its toll on Illinois, canceling events and postponing sports, graduations and even weddings, but there’s one thing it hasn’t taken from us: Fall fun.
From pumpkin patches to apple orchards to corn mazes and fall events, there’s plenty to keep us busy as the weather turns cool and crisp.
Here’s a roundup of the places in and around Northbrook where you can pick a pumpkin, gather up fall apples, wind your way through a corn maze or attend a safe and socially distanced fall event.
Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes Near Northbrook
Pumpkin Patch: Northbrook Farmers Market
Address: Meadow Shopping Plaza Shopping Center, Cherry Lane and Meadow Road
Season closing: End of Northbrook Farmers Market on Oct. 14
Hours: 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
Pumpkin Patch: Historic Wagner Farm
Address: 1510 Wagner Road, Glenview
Season opening/closing: Sept. 19/Oct. 31
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Attractions: Fall History Tours run 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31. Cost is $5 per person/Free for 2 and under.
Pumpkin Patch: St. Gregory's Episcopal Church
Address: 815 Wilmot Road, Deerfield
Season opening: Pumpkins are scheduled to arrive 3 p.m. Sept. 26
Phone: (847) 945-1678
Pumpkin Patch: Kingswood United Methodist Church
Address: 401 E Dundee Road, Buffalo Grove
Season opening/closing dates: Pumpkins are scheduled to arrive 4 p.m. Oct. 10/Oct. 31
Hours: Noon-6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends
Pumpkin Patch: Didier Farms
Address: 16678 W. Aptakisic Rd., Lincolnshire
Season opening/closing dates: Sept. 19/Oct. 31
Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Attractions: Pumpkinfest offers hayrides, pony rides, camel rides, kiddie rides, craft area, and have an animal land to explore.
Pricing: No admission fee. Tickets can be purchased for rides and activities.
Pumpkin Patch: Kroll's Fall Harvest Farm
Address: 13236 W Townline Road, Waukegan
Season opening/closing dates: Sept. 19/Nov. 1
Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Monday), Noon-8 p.m. (Tuesday, Wednesday), 10 a.m-8 p.m. (Thursday), 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Friday, Saturday) and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sunday)
Attractions: Maze and hayride.
Pricing: $7 adults, $5 children (12 and under), Free (2 and under) for maze; $4 per person for hayride, Free (2 and under); $1-$50 for pumpkins, priced by size. Weekends during timed entry for all guests = $10 per person includes hayride, corn maze and animal area.
Other Halloween Events In Northbrook
Although this event is full, the Northbrook Park District is offering a Take Home option so everyone can enjoy the fun! Your Pumpkinfest At Home Kit includes one bag of treats, one pumpkin with an individual decorating kit and one scarecrow making kit. Items can be picked up by appointment on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at the Leisure Center. Click here.
Spend an afternoon with your child enjoying pumpkin decorating, storytelling, s’mores, scarecrows and a great pumpkin challenge at the Northbrook Park District’s Pumpkinfest. The event is set for 1-4 p.m. Oct. 17 at Indian Ridge Park, 3323 Walters Ave. Each registered child receives a treat bag, pumpkin with an individual decorating kit and the opportunity to make and take home their own scarecrow. The event is entirely outside, stations are set up to ensure physical distancing, and arrival times will be staggered. Cost is $30 per adult-child couple for residents and $35 per adult-child couple for non-residents. Additional child cost is $15 for residents and $19 for non-residents. Additional adult cost is $5 for residents and $7 for non-residents. Register here.
Halloween Spooky Trail
4-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Porch Parade Decorating Contest. Northbrook residents and businesses are invited to decorate their porch, house, front yard, or front window and compete for gift cards from local establishments. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded in various categories! Houses will be judged the week of October 26, just in time for the Halloween Spooky Trail. Register your home to enter the contest at nbparks.org with code: 14760. Winners in five categories will be selected by ’celebrity judges’ and receive gift cards to local restaurants.in the amount of $100 First Place, $50 Second Place, and $25 Third Place, and a $100 People’s Choice Award, with the potential for ties/honorable mentions. Find out more here.
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