Ready to scope out the perfect Christmas tree? These Chicago farms have just what you’re looking for
Once the Thanksgiving leftovers are nestled all snug in the fridge (with the promise of turkey sandwiches dancing in your head), it’s on to the next order of business: picking out the perfect Christmas tree. Yep, it’s timber time! Lumberjack your way into the season by visiting a local cut-your-own Christmas tree farm. Or, if you’re tight on time this season and can’t commit to the U-cut Christmas tree farm experience, skip the chilly stroll through the countryside by opting for a tree delivery service. Click through our guide for tree farms and resources and start the decorating frenzy!
The Best U-Cut Christmas Tree Farms near Chicago
Richardson Adventure Farm
More than 50,000 trees in innumerable shapes and sizes spread over 75 acres await the opportunity to become the centerpieces to your holiday season at Richardson Adventure Farm. Wagon rides to the fields are available daily. While you gorge on kettle corn, donuts, hot chocolate, and coffee, employees haul your find from the field and bale it in plastic netting. Note: When the farm planted six years ago, they didn't realize Fraser and Canaan Fir would be their most popular tree, and thus they don't have as many available this year. If you come later in the season, be prepared to choose from a wider selection, including White Pine, Concolor Fir, Douglas Fir, and Norway Spruce.
Opening Day: Fri., Nov. 24
9407 Richardson Rd.
Spring Grove, IL
Can't wait to start trimming your tree? This non-profit tree farm just an hour outside Chicago has one of the earliest opening days in the area. Stomp through the dirt as you hunt for pine and spruce options, and score a free doughnut and hot chocolate with each tree purchase! And on select weekends in December, you can complete your trip with a private visit with Santa. If you prefer to get a Michigan pre-cut tree, you'll just need to make a free reservation in advance. Reservations are required for the first four weeks of the season.
Insider Tip: At the pre-cut staging area, where you'll find trees up to 12 feet tall, be sure to ask for a fresh cut on your tree before you bring it home.
Opening Day: Sat., Nov. 18
2855 Hart Rd.
Ben's Christmas Tree Farm
Hunt with the precision of Katniss for your perfect tree in fields overflowing with organically grown, pesticide-free and entirely hand-pruned firs and pines. Friendly farm workers will help by shaking, baling, transporting your tree from the fields and finally tying it to your car while you enjoy making foamy mustaches with complimentary hot cocoa.
Keep an eye out for a Where’s Waldo-esque Santa that pops up in unexpected places—like driving a John Deere. For those looking for more than just a tree to decorate for the holidays, pre-made and customizable wreaths and greens made from Fraser Fir are also available. As a bonus, no need to leave your little furball at home because they're pet-friendly!
Opening Day: Fri., Nov. 24
7720 Ryan Rd.
Pioneer Tree Farm
Motivated by a love of nature and a desire to give people an opportunity to get out and enjoy the country air, Pioneer Tree Farm sets out to sell not just Christmas trees, but an unforgettable experience. Take in the wildlife while you enjoy a wagon ride to the pines. You can feel good about your organically-grown, hand-pruned tree purchase because 10 percent of sales are donated to the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, whose mission is to improve and preserve the environment.
Insider Tip: The farm is open for the two weekends following Thanksgiving only, and be sure to bring cash. All trees cost a flat rate of $80, and they historically don't take credit cards.
Opening Day: Fri., Nov. 24
4614 Pioneer Rd.
Cupola House Tree Farm
It started in 1988 with 6,000 tree seedlings planted on land that encompassed a house with a cupola on top. Nearly 30 years later, and after many references of “Oh right, the cupola house” being answered with “Yep, the Cupola House Tree Farm,” the name stuck and 24,000 trees now stand. Now, second and third generations keep the tradition of connecting with nature, farming, culture, and heritage alive alongside the original founders. All you need to worry about during a trip to Cupola is finding the perfect tree—they provide the tree saw, wagon, and twine, and they even shake loose needles off and strap it to your car for free.
Opening Day: Thurs., Nov. 23
4030 N. 3000W Rd.
The Best Christmas Tree Lot and Delivery Options near Chicago
Chicago Christmas Tree Lots
If you’d rather skip the farm but still want to pick out your Christmas tree in person, hit up a tree lot. There are many to choose from around the city, and Chicago Christmas Tree Lots sells a large selection of firs, spruces and pines and has several locations throughout the city, with delivery service available at all locations.
City Tree Delivery
Wielding an ax and taking a Jack Frost-guided tour through rows of icicled trees doesn’t fit everyone’s vision of the perfect way to spend a blustery afternoon, which is why services like City Tree Delivery exist. Curl up on the sofa with a blanket and hot toddy, dog snoozing at your feet, and select a tree, LED lighting, stand, wreath and garland delivered free of charge (within their delivery area) right to your front door. You can go a step further and have them set up, decorate and even recycle the tree at the end of the season.