With harvest time fast approaching and Mother Nature adding color everywhere you look, autumn in Illinois is truly a season to savor. Now is the perfect time to take a scenic drive on your way to pumpkin patches, corn mazes and local attractions decked out for Halloween.

Scenic Drives

Color and can’t-miss sites at every turn.
Watch the colors change with each passing mile as you wind along rivers and down leafy country roads. You may have a destination, but the best stops are the unexpected ones you discover along the way.

Where to Go

  • Great River Road


    Towering limestone bluffs meet proud towns eager to share their heritage. Slow down and take it in.
  • Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway


    Look over the glittering river (and stop for historic sites and pie) along this 33-mile stretch.
  • Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway


    Add some roadside Americana to the fall colors with a nostalgic trip down the Mother Road.
  • Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive


    Take in the beauty of a scenic valley while stopping at roadside festivals hosted by local towns.
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Fun on the Farm

Home to everything from pumpkins to pony rides.
Is it possible to squeeze an entire season into a day? The answer might very well be found at one of these farms. You’ll pick pumpkins and apples. Sample warm cider and donuts. And return home with a camera filled with pics of pony rides, corn mazes and petting zoos set against the fall colors.

Where to Go

  • Richardson Adventure Farm and Corn Maze

    CITY:Spring Grove

    Home to pumpkins galore, zip lining, giant slides and the world’s largest corn maze.
  • Goebbert's Pumpkin Farm and Garden Center

    CITY:South Barrington

    Warm cider and donuts start a day filled with everything from hayrides to camel rides.
  • Jonamac Orchard and Corn Maze


    Experience hayrides, corn mazes, a pumpkin cannon and a herd of Alaskan reindeer.
  • Hardy's Reindeer Ranch


    Pick apples after a ride on the apple train, then explore three miles of trails in a corn maze.
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Fall Flavors

Fresh from the fields and ready for picking.
A chill in the air alerts your taste buds that flavors are changing. The fruits of the harvest—apples and pumpkins—are what you want now. And wine is what to sip. The season is short, but the bounty is delicious.

Where to Go

  • Oct
    1 - 31

    Bandy's Pumpkin Patch

    CITY:Johnston City

    Visit 12 wineries nestled into the stunning wooded hills of Shawnee National Forest.
  • The Great Pumpkin Patch


    Savor seasonal brews and a beautifully restored 1906 railway station in this brewpub near Chicago.
  • Shawnee Hills Wine Trail


    Enjoy a hayride to the orchard on your way to picking from more than 20 varieties of apples.
  • Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery


    Pick apples, enjoy warm cider and donuts, then browse the barn filled with baked goods.
  • Edwards Orchard

    CITY:Poplar Grove

    Browse 300 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds, along with made-from-scratch baked goods.
  • Joe Rogers' Chili Parlor


    Tour a pumpkin patch, carve jack o’ lanterns and make your way through an impressive corn maze.
  • Kuipers Family Farm

    CITY:Maple Park

    A local favorite featured on “Man Versus Food” and voted #2 chili spot in America byBon Appétit.
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Haunted Illinois

Why settle for haunted houses?
Walking through a haunted house is a nice start. But to really get in the mood for Halloween, think bigger. And spookier. Visit a theme park filled with roaming zombies. Take a ghost walk at twilight. Or tour an entire haunted town.

Where to Go

  • Sep 24 -
    Nov 6

    Six Flags Great America Fright Fest


    Walk among zombies who roam the park after sunset in a transformed land of haunted houses.
  • Oct
    19 - 27

    Boo! at the Zoo


    For more fun than fright, check out the kiddie costume contest, corn maze and “haunted” carousel rides.
  • Apr 1 -
    Nov 30

    Alton Hauntings Tours


    Take a guided tour through Alton, with stops inside a haunted mansion, abandoned school and more.
  • Mar 10 -
    Oct 31

    Lincoln's Ghost Walks - Legends and Lore


    Walk through Springfield while hearing strange stories surrounding Abe’s life and death.
  • Apr 1 -
    Nov 30

    Haunted Decatur Ghost Tour


    Learn Decatur’s colorful history while exploring haunted houses, railroad stations and graveyards.
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