Going to a pumpkin patch to pick the best pumpkin isn't just about finding the perfect Halloween jack-o-lantern. It's a chance to head out with the loved ones in a cherished autumn custom full of exciting activities.
Many offer low-cost activities like hayrides, corn mazes and games for the kids. Picking your own pumpkin also is a good way to support the local farmers who grow them.
Visiting an outdoor pumpkin farm is moderately safe, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Before you go, it's best to call ahead to the field or check its website for guidelines and hours of operation.
Below some of the top pumpkin fields near Lake Forest and Lake Bluff to visit in 2021:
If we missed your favorite pumpkin patch, be sure to tell us about it in the comments below.