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Corny fun for Chicagoland farm visitors this fall

Aerial View of the Richardson Corn Maze

Aerial View of the Richardson Corn Maze

The Beatles are in the corn. Literally.

This year, the 28-acre maze at Richardson Adventure Farm in McHenry County, 60 minutes northwest of Chicago, celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first record album. An 11-mile labyrinth of trails, the annual attraction is the world’s largest and most intricate corn maze.

In addition to the maze, Richardson Farm offers a picnic grove with campfires, a concession stand grilling up picnic fare if you don’t want to pack your own, and some 30 other activities, including wagon rides, pumpkin patch, zip line, orb rides, pedal carts, observation tower, giant tube slide, jumping pillows, goats, bunnies, pig races and a special fenced play area for little kids.

The maze’s August hours are 3 to 11 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and 12 noon to 10 p.m. Sundays.

In September and October, the maze is open noon to 10 p.m. Sundays, 3 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, plus 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Labor Day and Columbus Day. And, you can “Maze Til Midnight” on two weekends when the moon is full: September 20–21 and October 18–19.

August admission is discounted: $11.50 teens and adults, $8.50 children 4-12, free for kids three and under. September/October admission is $13 teens and adults, $10 children 4-12, free for kids three and under. Most activities are included in the admission fee. A few special options (such as zip line, orb rides and reserved, private picnic tables and campfires) charge an additional fee. The maze has three “community” campfires and picnic areas. Parking is free.