Christmas trees await at Chicago-area farms
By Annie Alleman | For Sun-Times Media November 21, 2013 7:56AM
Chase Mittlestaedt and his father, Ron Mittlestaedt, use a handsaw to cut their evergreen at the Sullivan Family Christmas Tree Farm in Lake Villa. | Sun-Times Media file photo
Updated: December 23, 2013 1:40PM
Although most of us still have Halloween candy in the house and the turkey is a week away from being carved, Christmas is fast approaching.
And what is the universal symbol of Christmas? The Christmas tree. Christmas tree farms are plentiful in northern Illinois, carrying popular varieties like the white, Scotch and Austrian pine or Douglas, balsam and Canaan firs and even Norway, white or Colorado blue spruce. And their crop is ready to be chopped down and hauled home by holiday revelers.
Most of these area tree farms have handsaws you can use (some may require a deposit) and offer free shaking and baling as well as precut trees. Many farms offer a free ride to the fields in a horse-drawn (or tractor-pulled) wagon. Many offer amenities like hot coffee or hot chocolate, popcorn, farm animals for children to admire and warming stoves or bonfires. A few farms will even let you bring your leashed dog with you. Some locations sell seasonal decorations such as handmade wreaths and garland. And Santa Claus takes up residence on certain weekends at a few..
Here’s some area tree farms. Pack up the family, pull on the mittens and get ready to find your perfect tree. Make sure to call first or check the farm’s website to ensure the variety you want is in stock and also to check the farm’s rules. It’s a good idea to bring your own handsaw (many do not allow chain saws) and rope, just in case. Most farms are cash or check only.
ANDERSON TREE FARM: 508 E. Schoolhouse Road, Plainfield, Ill., (815) 436-2140, firstname.lastname@example.org, visitandersontreefarm.com. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 22-Dec. 24. $9 per foot for you-cut trees; precut trees are $75 and up. Credit cards are accepted.
BEN’S CHRISTMAS TREE FARM: 7719 Ryan Road, Harvard, Ill., (630) 279-0216, email@example.com, benstreefarm.com. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 29 and weekends to Dec. 22. Pines: $6 per foot; firs and spruces: $8.75 per foot.
BENGTSON’S CHRISTMAS TREE FARM: 10919 W. Wilmington Road, Peotone, Ill., (708) 258-9610, treefarmusa.com. 9 a.m.-4:30 daily Nov. 29-Dec. 22. $7 per foot on trees up to 10 feet and $10 per foot on trees taller than 11 feet.
CAMELOT CHRISTMAS TREE FARM: 16380 S. Somonauk Road, DeKalb, Ill., (815) 756-6599, camelottrees.com. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays and Nov. 29, to Dec. 22. $50.
CRAIG CINNAMON CHRISTMAS TREES: 13579 Howison Road, DeKalb, Ill., (815) 757-0717, craigcinnamonchristmastrees.com. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 29 and then weekends to Dec. 22, or call. $35-$75.
CUPOLA HOUSE TREE FARM: 4030 N. 3000W Road, Bourbonnais, Ill., (815) 932-6635, cupolahousetrees.com. 8:30 a.m.-dusk daily Nov. 23-Dec. 24 (open Thanksgiving Day.) You-cut pines: $4.25 a foot; spruce and firs: $6 a foot. Precut: $48-$112.
FISHER CHRISTMAS TREES: 2373 N. 2879th Road, Marseilles, Ill., (815) 795-5213, firstname.lastname@example.org, fisherchristmastrees.com. Daylight to dusk Nov. 29 and weekends to Dec. 22. $30 for Scotch pine, $60 for spruce.
GENGEL TREE FARM: 38614 N. Fairfield, Lake Villa, Ill., (847) 356-5661, email@example.com. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 29 and weekends to Dec. 22. $35 and up.
GREEN GARDEN CHRISTMAS TREE FARM: 11615 Pauling Road, Manhattan, Ill., (815) 735-2372, greengardenchristmastreefarm.com. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays beginning Nov. 29 and until trees sell out. $48.
GRIZZY’S TREE FARM: 15900 Marengo Road, Union, Ill., (847) 812-2961, firstname.lastname@example.org. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 29 and weekends only to Dec. 15. $45 for Scotch and white pines; firs are more.
HONEYBEE ACRES: 41W072 Bowes Road, Elgin, Ill., (847) 464-9627, honeybeeacreschristmastreefarm.net. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 29 and 30 plus Fridays-Sundays to Dec. 15. Pines, $29; firs and spruces, $49. The Hallmark Channel will hand out reindeer antlers to children on Dec. 7. Credit cards are accepted.
IDE CHRISTMAS TREES: 1500 83rd St., Downers Grove, Ill., (630) 743-4032, idechristmastrees.com. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 29 and weekends; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays to Dec. 22. $65.
KUIPERS FAMILY FARM: 1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park, Ill., (815) 827-5200, kuipersfamilyfarm.com. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Nov. 29-Christmas. $84 for firs; $49 for pines. Precut trees and Fraser firs are priced by size. Credit cards are accepted.
LARSON’S FAMILY FARM: 4404 Somonauk Road, Sandwich, Ill., (815) 786-2249, larsonfamilyfarm.com. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 29; after that 2-4:30 Tuesdays-Fridays; 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekends to Dec. 22. $37.
LEE’S TREES: 45W002 Lees Road, Lily Lake, Ill., (630) 365-2116, leestreesusa.com. 1-5 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 29 and weekends to Dec. 22 or until they sell out. You-cut trees around $65. Precut balsam fir, $65-$70; Fraser fir, $90-$110; white pine, $45-$50. Credit cards are accepted.
MARMION’S ABBEY FARMS: 850 Butterfield Road, Aurora, Ill., (630) 897-7215, Ext. 375, abbeyfarms.org. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily Nov. 23-Dec. 23. You-cut trees, $40; precut trees, $8 per foot.
ONEY’S TREE FARM: 16608 U.S. 14, Woodstock, Ill., (815) 338-4108, oneystreefarm.com. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily Nov. 29-Dec. 15. You-cut pines $52; firs, $62. Precut, $68-$160. Credit cards are accepted.
PINE*APPLE ACRES: 41W651 Powers Road, Huntley, Ill., (847) 669-3251, pineapple-acres.com. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 29 and Tuesdays-Sundays to Dec. 22. $75.
PINE-APPLE FARM: 309 Three Oaks Road, Cary, Ill., (847) 639-3248, pine-applefarm.com. 9 a.m.-dusk Nov. 29 and weekends. Pines, $60; firs and spruces, $80; precut Fraser firs, $70 and up.
PIONEER TREE FARM: 4616 Pioneer Road, McHenry, Ill., (815) 385-8512, pioneertreefarm.com. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1, 7-8 and 14-15. $45.
PUCKERVILLE FARMS: 13332 Bell Road, Lemont, Ill., (708) 508-0906, JoyPuckervillefarm@sbcglobal.net, puckervillefarms.webs.com. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily Nov. 29-Dec. 24. Fraser firs only; $53 for 6 foot and $10 for each additional foot up to 12 feet.
SULLIVAN FAMILY CHRISTMAS TREE FARM: 24774 W. Petite Lake Road, Lake Villa, Ill., (847) 949-0172, EOSullivanDVM@aol.com. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays Nov. 29-Dec. 22 or call. You-cut trees, $40; precut, $45.
TAMMEN TREE BERRY FARM: 37131 Essex Road, Wilmington, Ill., (800) 892-5989, tammentreeberryfarm.net. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily after Nov. 29. $50; shaking and baling, $7. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted.
ZIEGLER CHRISTMAS TREE FARM: 42W109 McDonald Road, Elgin, Ill., (847) 464-5776, zieglerchristmastreefarm.com. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1 and 7-8. Firs, $69; pines, $39; spruces, $54.