Best Chicagoland U-Pick Christmas Tree Farms

While 2020 might be uprooting just about ALL of your holiday plans, there are many Chicagoland tree farms open this year for you to continue your family’s annual tradition. I’ve narrowed down all of the options within an hour or so of the city to create this list of the Best Chicagoland U-Pick Christmas Tree Farms.

Best Chicagoland U-Pick Christmas Tree Farms - Firs

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First off, even though tree farms are outdoors, there is a large risk of being exposed to Covid when in public with groups of people. If this makes you uncomfortable, take advantage of curbside pickups that many nurseries (such as my favorite holiday headquarters, Pasquesi Home and Gardens) and some tree farms offer.

My family has gone to cut down a tree the past four years but we still haven’t decided what we will do with the number of Covid case rising in Chicagoland. No matter what, do what feels right for you and your family and remember to bring a mask for any and all of these Chicagoland U-Pick Christmas Tree Farms.

Best Chicagoland U-Pick Christmas Tree Farms - Wagon Rides

How to Prepare for a U-Pick Christmas Tree Farm Experience

When going to a tree farm, be sure to dress appropriately by dressing warmly in layers, wearing weatherproof boots like these, and bringing an extra set of thick gloves that can withstand pine needless. Hand warmers can also help to fend off the winter chill!

If you have one, bring your own saw (many tree farms offer saws to borrow with a refundable deposit), a blanket to drape on your car before putting the tree on top of it, and extra twine—just in case.

Expect to have to search a while to find the perfect tree, and have an idea of what kind of tree you are looking for before you set out. Some farms specialize in certain trees, while others are very rare to find this season. I tried to list as much helpful info related to each individual farm, but be sure to check their website and social media for updated information.

Best Chicagoland U-Pick Christmas Tree Farms - Richardson's

Best Chicagoland U-Pick Christmas Tree Farms

Richardson Farm, Spring Grove

Days: Every Day

Tree & Farm Info: Fraser and Canaan Fir are at low supply, leashed dogs welcome, free hot chocolate, wagon rides every day

Price: $79 for any tree (cash, credit, check)

Covid Protocols: No indoor dining, more outdoor seating available, sanitized wagons, masks required indoors and while on wagon

Larson’s Family Farm, Sandwich

Days: Weekdays and Weekends (closed Mondays)

Tree & Farm Info: No pets allowed, closed when raining/snowing, provides complimentary saws and while shake and bale your tree at no cost

Price: $45 for any (cash or check—NO credit cards)

Covid Protocols: Masks required, Barn Store moved outdoors and only open on weekends

Tammen Treeberry Farm, Wilmington

Days: Everyday

Tree & Farm Info: Fir and pine trees available, additional fee for tree shaking and bailing.

Price: $60 for any tree (cash, credit, check)

Covid Protocols: Wear masks when social distancing isn’t possible

Pine-Apple Farm, Cary

Days: Weekends

Tree & Farm Info: Pre-cut Fraser Firs available, complimentary tree shaking and bailing.

Price: $70—pines $90—firs and spruces (cash preferred)

Covid Protocols: Wear masks and keep six feet distance from others

Pioneer Tree Farm, McHenry

Days: Weekends

Tree & Farm Info: Variety of pines, spruces, cedars and firs, organic trees grown without pesticides

Price: $60 for any (cash or checks only—NO CREDIT CARDS)

Covid Protocols: Masks required, warming house closed, no additional activities or refreshments sold

Lee’s Trees, Lily Lake

Days: Weekends starting November 22nd

Tree & Farm Info: Variety of pre-cut and u-cut trees including firs, pines, and spruces, pre-tagging available (opens on Halloween), tree shaking and bailing included

Price: Average price is $75

Covid Protocols: Handout regarding Covid protocols given at arrival

Ben’s Tree Farm, McHenry

Days: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

Tree & Farm Info: Organically raised trees of nine varieties of firs and pines, 6 to 12 feet tall

Price: Pines start at $46, Firs and Spruces start at $72

Covid Protocols: No wagon rides, masks required indoors and when social distancing isn’t possible

Abbey Farm

Days: Make a reservation

Tree & Farm Info: Cut your own or shop pre-cut (all require reservations), drive into field for u-pick or use delivery service, complimentary saws available (refundable deposit), café/bar options available, including a socially-distanced visit with Santa

Price: $55 for Scotch Pine, White Pin, and Austrian and $68 for premium Spruce and Canaan Firs (Firs are very limited up to 6”)

Covid Protocols: Masks required in-store and all public areas, shopping by appointment only

Gomoll Farm

Days: Weekends

Tree & Farm Info: First year this farm is offering cut-your-own trees, 10 feet tall is the tallest tree grown

Price: $55 for any

Covid Protocols: Thanksgiving weekend does not require reservations but every other weekend after does

For more holiday fun, check out this list of our past favorite ways to celebrate Christmas in Chicagoland. Some are still being offered at this time but in limited and different capacities. Stay tuned for updates!

Enjoy the Trees!

Amanda

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