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10 of Chicago’s best pumpkin patches to visit this fall

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The leaves might be changing and the temperature dropping, but is it really fall if you don’t have pumpkins in your house? Well, look no further, because there are pumpkin patches and festivals taking shape all around Chicago in the next month or so.

Though displaying a pumpkin at home can be a great for fall design aesthetic, carving one can also be a perfect cold day activity. The history of carving pumpkins and making jack-o’-lanterns is a bit of a doozy, and involves an Irish myth around a man named “Stingy Jack.” But, basically people have been doing it for centuries at Halloween time—and you should too.

Whether it is a one-day festival or a month-long affair, there are plenty of places to pick out a pumpkin in Chicago this month. We have listed some, but there are plenty more Chicago Parks events to choose from across neighborhoods.

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Fall Festival at Union Park

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Geared toward children 12 and under, this free event takes place at Union Park on Chicago’s Near West Side. At Fall Festival you’ll find not only a pumpkin patch, but also a petting zoo, games, arts and crafts, and a bounce house.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Pumpkinpalooza at Skinner Park

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Want some farm animals with your pumpkins? Pumpkinpalooza, a child-friendly event co-sponsored by the Skinner Park Advisory Council, might be for you. Come for the pumpkins, farm animals to pet, games, and jump-in inflatables. .

Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fall Festival at North Park Village

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This annual weekend celebration at the North Park Village Nature Center returns this year and includes a scarecrow building contest, children’s nature crafts, storytelling, live music, farmer’s market, tours, and refreshments.

Saturday, October 12, 2019 to Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Fall Fest at Jesse White Park

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If carving a pumpkin isn’t for you, then head to Fall Fest at Jesse White Park, where you can paint pumpkins instead. This child-oriented day at the park also will include games and a bounce house.

Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall Fest

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Now in its fifth year, Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall Fest is a free, family-friendly affair, with ticketed attractions throughout the zoo including a Ferris wheel, corn maze, corn pool, fun slide, inflatable obstacle course, and more. Along with a pumpkin patch, you’ll also find professional pumpkin carvers showing off their craft live.

Fridays through Sundays, September 27 to October 27 and Monday, October 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up 

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Set on over 2 acres near Goose Island, this second annual event has a lot more than just pumpkins and is geared toward guests of all ages. At this ticketed pop-up, you can axe-throw, do a corn maze, play games, take photos, eat, and drink.

Mondays through Fridays in October, from 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Pumpkin Patch at Humboldt Park

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This annual Park District kid-oriented pumpkin patch is a partnership with the Humboldt Park Advisory Council. For one day you can play games, do art activities, participate in face painting, play in inflatables, eat popcorn—all while going home with a pumpkin in hand.

Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Pumpkins! Candy! Costume contest! Bouncy House! Today from 11-1! Free event! Bring the family!

Posted by Humboldt Park Advisory Council on Saturday, October 20, 2018

Sonny Acres Farm

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At this family-owned and operated pumpkin farm, you will not run out of activities. Enjoy all the season has to offer at Sonny Acres’ fall festival has to offer as well as carnival rides and farm-fresh food. There is also a haunted barn and a haunted hayride.

September 14, 2019 to November 3, 2019, hours vary

Didier Farms

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Didier Farms Pumpkin Fest offers a silly string asylum (a space where you can use a can of silly string instead of a paintball gun), pig races, baked goods, kids activities—oh, and there are pumpkins, too.

September 21, 2019 to October 31, 2019

Pier Pumpkin Lights

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This is not your typical pumpkin patch. For the first time, downtown’s Navy Pier will host a free, month-long pop-up that will feature nearly 1,000 pumpkins. There will be a variety of other events, ranging from Halloween design installations, a funhouse maze and Cosplay on the Pier: Halloween Fest 2019.

October 1, 2019 to November 2, 2019

Fall Festival at Union Park

A close-up look at a pile of pumpkins. Shutterstock

Geared toward children 12 and under, this free event takes place at Union Park on Chicago’s Near West Side. At Fall Festival you’ll find not only a pumpkin patch, but also a petting zoo, games, arts and crafts, and a bounce house.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

A close-up look at a pile of pumpkins. Shutterstock

Pumpkinpalooza at Skinner Park

Want some farm animals with your pumpkins? Pumpkinpalooza, a child-friendly event co-sponsored by the Skinner Park Advisory Council, might be for you. Come for the pumpkins, farm animals to pet, games, and jump-in inflatables. .

Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fall Festival at North Park Village

This annual weekend celebration at the North Park Village Nature Center returns this year and includes a scarecrow building contest, children’s nature crafts, storytelling, live music, farmer’s market, tours, and refreshments.

Saturday, October 12, 2019 to Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

View this post on Instagram

Children build the most unnerving scarecrows

A post shared by Wendy McClure (@wendymc) on

Fall Fest at Jesse White Park

If carving a pumpkin isn’t for you, then head to Fall Fest at Jesse White Park, where you can paint pumpkins instead. This child-oriented day at the park also will include games and a bounce house.

Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall Fest

Now in its fifth year, Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall Fest is a free, family-friendly affair, with ticketed attractions throughout the zoo including a Ferris wheel, corn maze, corn pool, fun slide, inflatable obstacle course, and more. Along with a pumpkin patch, you’ll also find professional pumpkin carvers showing off their craft live.

Fridays through Sundays, September 27 to October 27 and Monday, October 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up 

Set on over 2 acres near Goose Island, this second annual event has a lot more than just pumpkins and is geared toward guests of all ages. At this ticketed pop-up, you can axe-throw, do a corn maze, play games, take photos, eat, and drink.

Mondays through Fridays in October, from 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Pumpkin Patch at Humboldt Park

This annual Park District kid-oriented pumpkin patch is a partnership with the Humboldt Park Advisory Council. For one day you can play games, do art activities, participate in face painting, play in inflatables, eat popcorn—all while going home with a pumpkin in hand.

Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Pumpkins! Candy! Costume contest! Bouncy House! Today from 11-1! Free event! Bring the family!

Posted by Humboldt Park Advisory Council on Saturday, October 20, 2018

Sonny Acres Farm

At this family-owned and operated pumpkin farm, you will not run out of activities. Enjoy all the season has to offer at Sonny Acres’ fall festival has to offer as well as carnival rides and farm-fresh food. There is also a haunted barn and a haunted hayride.

September 14, 2019 to November 3, 2019, hours vary

Didier Farms

Didier Farms Pumpkin Fest offers a silly string asylum (a space where you can use a can of silly string instead of a paintball gun), pig races, baked goods, kids activities—oh, and there are pumpkins, too.

September 21, 2019 to October 31, 2019

Pier Pumpkin Lights

This is not your typical pumpkin patch. For the first time, downtown’s Navy Pier will host a free, month-long pop-up that will feature nearly 1,000 pumpkins. There will be a variety of other events, ranging from Halloween design installations, a funhouse maze and Cosplay on the Pier: Halloween Fest 2019.

October 1, 2019 to November 2, 2019