Each year, Denise Boggio comes up with the theme for the corn maze at Boggio’s Orchard and Produce.
Then she hand draws the design before a company comes in to map it into the cornfield.
“I come up with it based on the feel of the season or what I think the season is going to be like,” Boggio said.
This year, however, was a bit different as the orchard was asked to be part of the #AllInIllinois program.
To fit the theme, Boggio drew a pair of hands holding a heart with the state hashtag underneath.
“Everybody needs to get together this year,” Boggio said. “It kind of hits home.”
Here’s a list of local corn mazes to enjoy this season.
Boggio’s Orchard and Produce
12087 Illinois Route 71, Granville
Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Admission: $4 per person
Find the three hidden stamps in Boggio’s 5-acre maze, and you can fill out a ticket for a chance to win $100. The maze is not scary, but it is recommended that children younger than age 7 be accompanied by an adult or older sibling.
Richardson Adventure Farm
909 English Prairie Road, Spring Grove
Hours: 3 to 9 p.m. Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; noon to 9 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 8
Admission: $18-$20 for ages 13 and older, and $15-$17 for ages 3-12; free for ages 2 and younger
Touted as the “World’s Largest Corn Maze,” Richardson Adventure Farm’s maze offers adventurers a 9-mile trail winding through 28 acres of corn. The maze is made up of four smaller mazes that each have their own dedicated in and out path. It’s up to you whether to do one maze or all four.
This year’s design is a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day celebration, a milestone that was recognized in the spring.
19412 Shabbona Road, Malta
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays and Sundays; 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturdays
Admission: $5 per person
Jonamac Orchard is celebrating the 125th anniversary of Northern Illinois University with its 2020 corn maze design.
Jonamac also hosts a Haunted Maze for those looking for a good fright. Recommended for ages 13 and older, the haunted maze is open from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October. Admission is $15 per person. Flashlights are not allowed, only glow sticks or penlights.
Konow’s Corn Maze
16849 S. Cedar Road, Homer Glen
Hours: 2 to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday
Admission: $10 per person Monday-Friday; $12 per person Saturday and Sunday; free for ages 2 and younger
Konow’s offers two mazes: One for serious puzzlers who enjoy finding their way through about 3 miles of twists and turns and a smaller maze for those who only want to walk a short distance or those with small children.
Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm
4853 Highway 52, Minooka
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily
Admission: $6 per person weekdays; $8 per person weekends; free for ages 2 and younger
Heap’s Corn Maze consists of acres of winding and twisting trails. Thrill-seekers will receive a map to help find checkpoints throughout the maze. Those who find all the checkpoints and fill out their information on the map can turn it in for a chance to win a giant pumpkin. Heap’s usually hosts a haunted corn maze and a flashlight maze, but those are closed for the 2020 season.
Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm
17250 S. Weber Road, Lockport
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays- Sundays
Admission: $16.95 general admission online, $19.95 general admission onsite; free for ages 2 and younger
This year’s corn maze at Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm is all about unity and love for each other. The 2020 theme of the 12-acre maze is “Peace on Earth.” Children age 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. The farm also offers more than 35 attractions for the price of admission, including a smaller 2-acre maze for children.
All Seasons Orchard
14510 Illinois Route 176, Woodstock
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Admission: $10 per person weekdays; $15 per person weekends; free for ages 2 and younger
Each year, 10 acres at All Seasons is transformed into a corn maze with more than 3 miles of pathways and a lookout bridge. The maze has two paths: a shorter one for youngsters, and a more challenging one for the maze enthusiast.
Kuipers Family Farm
1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
Admission: $17.99 per person weekdays; $19.99 per person weekends; $11.99 for ages 65 and older; free for ages 2 and younger
The Kuipers corn maze features 5 acres of twists, turns and games. More than 20 other attractions are included in the price of admission, as well as a free pumpkin.
Source: The Daily Chronicle