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In honor of the spooky season, my friends and I made the trip to Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-up near Goose Island. There were endless Insta-worthy photo backgrounds, tons of food options and activities like axe-throwing, carnival games and gem mining to keep us entertained. 

We went on a Sunday afternoon, during a rare 80-degree October day in Chicago, so we were expecting it to be pretty busy. Even though there were a lot of people there, it didn’t feel overly crowded until peak hours when we were on the way out. We had to wait in line for food, but we were pretty much able to walk up to any picture spot.

For a city pumpkin patch, I was surprised by how big the location was. They had the area sectioned off, with the activities on one side near the food, and photo spots on the other. Things were not super spread out like they are at a typical pumpkin patch, so everything was in close walking distance. For those 21 and older, Jack’s has a full bar to enjoy. The pop-up is still fun for those under-aged though! There are so many food options, so there will be something for everyone. 

There was even a corn-maze that came free with your ticket. We had a fun time exploring the corn-maze and even found a hidden photo op. It even led to another section of the pop-up. The maze was the only thing besides the photo-ops that were free though. All of the activities, food and drinks were pretty expensive, so we didn’t do any of the additional activities that they offered.

Frankie is a sophomore at Loyola University Chicago, majoring in Advertising/Public Relations with minors in Marketing and Visual Communications. She's from the suburbs of Chicago, and can usually be found online shopping, on a coffee run or forcing her little sister to stop for pictures.