If you live in or are visiting Chicago in the summer and googled “sunflower fields near me” you are in the right place. There are several beautiful sunflower fields located close to the city for those that want to enjoy being in nature or take photos for instagram. If you are looking for a fun day trip from Chicago, keep reading for a list of the best sunflower fields near Chicago.
Sunflower Fields and Mazes Near Chicago
Below is a list of sunflower fields near Chicago – listed in order of distance from downtown Chicago. They are all in the Chicago area (in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana) and are located between 40 minutes to 2 hours driving time from downtown.
I have included useful information you need to plan your visit, including addresses, hours, bloom dates as well as links to their websites and facebook pages. Note: Sunflower fields sometimes close after bad weather and dates are adjusted so always make sure to check their facebook pages for the most up to date hours, dates and weather related closures before you go.
M & D Farms And Garden Center
Address: 14946 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen, Illinois
Distance from Chicago: About 31 miles southwest of Chicago (42 minute drive)
Dates: Sunflower field will open August, 2023.
Hours: Monday-Friday 9-6, Saturday 9-5, Sunday 9-3 (field closes a half hour before closing times). Hours are subject to change.
Cost: The fee for visitors is $7 each which includes 1 sunflower. The entry fee is
3yrs old and under are $2 each which also includes 1 sunflower. Any additional sunflowers are $2 each.
M & D Farms And Garden Center is a large garden center but also has a cut your own sunflower field with 4 different varieties. NO professional photography at this time (this is a cut flower field only). Check their Facebook page for most current information.
Address: 8960 East Ridge Road, Hobart, Indiana 46342
Distance from Chicago: About 41 miles southwest of Chicago (about a 50 minute drive)
Dates: Sunflower Fun Farm Weekend will be held on September 9-10 and 16-17, 2023 (weather dependent).
Hours: 8am – 6pm (last admission is 5pm)
Cost: Fun Farm admission is $12 per person for all farm activities (except the train and produce cannons) OR $20 for an all access pass per person for all farm activities.
Johnson’s Farm Produce has planted over 20 acres of sunflowers this year. They offer sunflower U Pick. In addition to their sunflower fields, they have also planted a field of zinnias.
Address: 2500 Johnson Rd, Oswego, IL
Distance from Chicago: About 45 miles southwest from Chicago
Dates: Sunflower fields will be opening mid-July, 2023.
Hours: Fridays from 10:30-5:30 (last ticket sold at 4:30); Saturday-Sunday from 9:30-4:30 (last ticket sold at 3:30).
Cost: Online tickets are $16.99+fees. Walk-ups are welcome but quantities at the ticket booth may be limited, and are subject to a higher ticket price of $19.99. Children ages 4 and under are free, no ticket needed. They offer a discount of $2 to seniors (65+) and to military personnel who present appropriate and valid identification – but only for walk-up customers. One ticket includes access to their Cut Flower Field, Sunflower Field, and their summer playground for children. Go to KellersFlowerFields.com to purchase tickets in advance.
Keller’s Farmstand has a 3-acre pick-your-own sunflower field with 3 acres of sunflowers and over 60,000 blooms. There are photos opportunities in the field. The farm has a children’s play area. Pets are NOT allowed.
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch
Where: 42W813 Reinking Road, Pingree Grove, Illinois 60140
Distance from Chicago: About 50 miles northwest from Chicago (1 hour driving time)
Dates: 2023 dates are TBD.
Hours: 10am-6pm daily
Cost: $5 per person. Tickets only available at the maze entrance.
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch has 4 acres of bright sunflowers and has strategically placed some fun stops along the path to stage your own photos. No pets are allowed. Check their Facebook page for current updates.
Heap’s Pumpkin Farm
Address: 4853 US Highway 52, Minooka, Illinois
Distance from Chicago: Approximately 52 miles southwest from Chicago (about an hour driving time)
Dates: 2023 dates have yet to be announced. (In 2022 the fields were open August 26-September 18.)
Hours: Daily from 10am-7pm.
Cost: $12 per person for ages 3 & up.
Check their facebook page for more information.
Tom’s Farm Market
Address: 10214 Algonquin Road, Huntley, IL 60142
Distance from Chicago: Approximately 53 miles northwest from Chicago (about an hour driving time)
Dates: Sunflower Maze will open again in July 2023 and anticipate the sunflowers will be in bloom for up to 2 weeks.
Hours: Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 4:00pm, last ticket entry at 3:00pm; Saturday: 9:30am – 5:00pm, last ticket entry at 4:00pm & Sunday: 9:30am – 4:00pm, last ticket entry at 3:00pm
Cost: Tickets are $12.39 per person which includes access to their small children’s play area. Ticketing is limited and MUST be purchased online to guarantee admission to the event.
Tom’s Farm Market has 4 acres of sunflowers with fun photo ops along the way. They do not have a wagon ride to the Sunflower Field. It is about a 0.2 mile walk from their side yard (5 – 8 minutes). Their is also a small play area for children. Pets are not allowed at the farm. Professional Photography needs to be scheduled for before and after regular maze hours by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and availability.
Kuipers Family Farm
Address: 1N145 Watson Road, Maple Park, IL 60151
Distance from Chicago: Approximately 56 miles west of Chicago (about an hour driving time)
Dates: 2023 dates have yet to be announced. (The fields were opened late August in 2022.)
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9AM-6PM and Sunday 10AM-6PM (Last admission to the field is 5:00 PM M-F and 5:30PM weekends)
Cost: $14.99 admission Per Person which includes 1 Bloom; $2.00 per extra bloom. Children 2 and under admitted free. They also offer combination tickets for those that want to go apple picking. Admission available on-site only (no online tickets).
Kuipers Family Farm will have over 7 acres of 20+ different sunflower varieties in the fieldss. The experience goes ‘full bloom’ on weekends with live music and delicious farm-fresh food options on the scenic orchard lawn. More information will be posted soon.
Stade’s Farm and Market
Where: 3709 Miller Road, McHenry, Illinois
Distance from Chicago: Approximately 60 miles north of Chicago (1 h 15 minutes driving time)
Dates: Sunflower picking on the farm in 2023 will begin around the beginning of July and will last through late September.
Hours: 9 am – 5 pm.
Cost: Price for cut your own sunflower flowers is $2 each or $5 for 3 flowers or fill a vase full for $25. (Zinnias may be picked for vases at the same price). They accept all forms of payment except American Express.
Stade’s Farm and Market has planted 2+ acres and 18 different varieties of sunflowers. They also grow other cut flowers such as snapdragons, zinnias, cosmos, marigolds, and amaranthus. Flower clippers are provided if needed. Sunflowers are available for picking right now!
Check their facebook page or call (815) 675-6396 for most current information.
Thompson Strawberry Farm
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Where: 14000 75th Street, Bristol, Wisconsin 53104
Distance: 60 miles north of Chicago (1 hour driving time)
Dates: They expect to have a long sunflower season – from late July-October, 2023.
Hours: Open 10:00am-7:00pm every day (weather permitting)
Thompson Strawberry Farm opened up a sunflower patch in 2020 for the first time and planted more than 2 million sunflowers but this year they will have over 4 million sunflowers on 30 acres. They have paths that are cut out of the field for you to walk around. They have also doubled their zinnias and wildflowers. Don’t forget to bring something to cut the flowers with as well as a vase or bag to put them in (water will be provided for your flowers).
Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch
Where: 17904 Grant St, Lowell, Indiana 46356
Distance from Chicago: About 61 miles southeast of Chicago or about a 1 hour drive.
Dates: Their annual Sunflower Festival will be held September 2-3 & 9-10, 2023. Tickets will be available soon.
Hours: Open Saturdays & Sundays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Cost: Access to Sunflower Fields is included with Fall Festival General Admission ($18.95 per person in advance online OR $22.95 per person onsite). Kids 2 and Under are free. Take home sunflower prices are: $2 per sunflower, $10 for 6 sunflowers, $18 for 12 sunflowers, $20 for Mason Jar (all you can fit) of sunflowers.
Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch will feature over a dozen varieties of sunflowers ranging in colors from tradition yellows, oranges, reds, and white. Pets are not allowed.
Jerry Smith Farm
Address: 7150 18th Street (Highway L), Kenosha, WI 53144
Distance from Chicago: About 65 miles north of Chicago or 1 hour 10 minute drive.
Dates: They expect to have a long sunflower season- from late July-October, 2023.
Hours: Open daily Monday–Sunday from 8:00am-Sunset.
Cost: It is FREE to visit and take pictures. The cost is $1 for every flower you cut and take home. Bring scissors/shears and water for your flowers as these will not be provided.
Von Bergen’s Country Market
Address: 9805 IL Route 173, Hebron, Illinois 60034 (2 miles East of Route 47 or 6 miles West of Richmond/Route 12)
Distance from Chicago: About 73 miles northwest of Chicago or 1 hour 20 minute drive.
Hours: Open 10:00am to 6:00pm daily
Cost: General Admission Tickets are $10 per person. Available at the entrance. Children 3 and under are free.
Von Bergen’s Country Market is hosting its 4th Annual Sunflower Festival with over 30 acres of sunflowers. Pets are not allowed on the farm except for trained ADA service animals. Reservations are suggested to ensure entry, since this place is very popular and gets crowded especially on weekends. Tickets are already available for purchase.
Check their facebook page or call the sunflower hotline (815) 648-2332 for up to date bloom dates.
Matthiessen State Park
Address: 2500 IL-178, Oglesby, Ilinois 61348
Distance from Chicago: About 96 miles southwest of Chicago (1 h 35 min drive)
Cost: FREE (picking flowers is not allowed)
Hours: 7 am– 8:30 pm daily
Dates: Sunflowers are usually in peak bloom around mid-July to late July.
Matthiessen State Park is an Illinois state park with beautiful rock formations located a few miles south of the more famous and popular Starved Rock State Park. This underrated park has a 60-acre sunflower field (in the southern part of the park behind the model airplane field).
Skelly’s Farm Market
Address: 2713 South Hayner Road, Janesville, WI 53548
Distance from Chicago: About 108 miles northwest of Chicago (1 hr 45 min drive)
Dates: Their sunflower field is expected to be open late July – early August in 2023 and they are only in bloom for a couple weeks.
Hours: Daily 9am – 8:30pm, last entry at 7:30pm.
Cost: Every guest age 4 and older must pay admission (3 and under are free). There are three admission levels with at least one flower included in your admission price. The lowest price admission level is the Single Flower Experience: $9/child ages 4-12 or $12/adult ages 13+ includes admission to the field, 1 cut sunflower to take home, a choice of donut from their bakery, and 10% off sunflower gifts in their retail barn. They also have the option to buy additional flowers to take home for $2/each or $6/6 flowers.
Skelly’s Farm Market has planted approximately 5 acres of beautiful yellow sunflowers for you to walk through and enjoy. They have 3 special areas in the sunflower field: the walking area, the cutting area, and the specialty flower area. Their walking area is around 4 acres and features “prop stops,” 2 viewing platforms and opportunities for photos! These prop stops are little areas cut out off the main path and include items you can use for picture props and backgrounds (examples: straw bales, ladders, rustic fences). The cutting area is used only for picking out sunflowers for cutting to take home with you! Lastly, the specialty flower area is around a quarter acre of more than 20 different varieties of sunflowers and is located right at the entrance of the walking field. Enjoy multi-colored flowers, branching flowers, short and tall flowers and flowers with large and small heads. This area is not used for cutting. Professional photography is allowed in their field during business hours.
Lannon Sunflower Farm
Address: W204N8525 Lannon Rd, Lannon, Wisconsin 53051
Distance from Chicago: About 111 miles north of Chicago (1 h 45 min drive)
Dates: Opening July, 2023.
Hours: 8 am. to 7 pm. daily.
Cost: Admission is $20 per vehicle which includes 12 U-Pick Sunflowers (while supplies last). There is an additional charge for corn maze and pumpkins. They are not setup to accept electronic payments.
Lannon Sunflower Farm has 8 acres of sunflowers. They have a wild flower area just for viewing and taking pictures (no picking here – flowers reserved for pollinators). Well mannered dogs on a leash are welcome. Be sure to bring own clippers or scissors (they have a few extras if you forget) to cut your flowers and a vase, bucket, bag or container to bring them home in. They will also have a kids corn maze and wildflower gardens.
Check their facebook page or call 414-803-1542 for most current information.
Shimon Sunflower Farm
Address: 2575 County Road Cc, Slinger, Wisconsin 53086
Distance from Chicago: About 121 miles north of Chicago (2 hours drive)
Cost: Admission is $20 per car which includes 12 u-pick sunflowers. $2 for additional sunflowers.
Shimon Sunflower Farm, which started growing sunflowers for the first time last year, will have 19 different types of sunflowers this year and some beautiful photo opportunities. Photographers can contact them to take pictures outside of their regular hours. Pets are not permitted.
Have you visited any sunflower fields near Chicago?