As cooler air begins to sweep through the city, Chicagoans in search of fall festivities can look no further than Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up, a two-acre temporary pumpkin patch located in Goose Island at 1467 N. Elston Ave.
The seasonal adventure, open for its second year, has more than just pumpkins. The website boasts a wide scope of “fall themed Instagrammable memories” and with Chicago’s skyline decorating the background, it definitely delivers. The space is covered in lights, pumpkins of all sizes and picture-perfect sceneries. Visitors can pose in front of a fall carriage or a small hut lined with pumpkin lights. Other picturesque stations include a scene from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and even a large statue of a pumpkin spice latte.
Hungry visitors have a choice of multiple food trucks from local Chicago eateries, such as Smoke Daddy, with options like pulled pork sandwiches and loaded nachos. The pop-up contains three full service bars with fall-themed beverages, including boozy apple cider and cocktails ranging from $6-12. They also have regular hot cider and hot cocoa that come in pumpkin-colored cups for $4.
Not only does the event have the aesthetic and the menu, but it also has interactive entertainment. According to the event website, the patch is home to Chicago’s largest corn maze with fall decorations at every turn. Visitors can see a fortune teller, play various carnival games and participate in the fan-favorite axe throwing booth.
The fall decorum, menu and activities are festive, but the bill can add up quickly. General admission tickets range from $12-30 depending on the day of the week, plus food and drink, fortune teller services and axe throwing are each an extra charge.
Though the festivities are open rain or shine, the rain can put a damper on things. There are limited spaces with overhead coverage and hay gets soggy, skies get dreary and fall-themed memories get significantly less Instagrammable.
The patch, which will run through Nov. 3, took three weeks — and 122 employees — to set up, according to general manager Jennifer Shannon.
Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up opens at 4 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. on weekends and closes at 10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.jackspumpkinpopup.com.