Head to Oglesby, IL for a glimpse of endless, gorgeous sunflower fields at Matthiessen State Park.
The park covers a total of 1,629 acres with over 60 dedicated exclusively to towering sunflower fields. It’s a sight to behold, filled to the brim with yellow blooms. The flowers first begin to bloom in mid-to-late July, and start to wilt around Labor Day, so head on over soon for a look at the field in all its glory.
Oglesby is just under a two-hour drive from the city with options to travel by car, train, or bus depending on your preference. It’s the perfect end-of-summer day trip, so pack a weekend duffle, and get ready to see acres of stunning sunflower fields.
The state park is free and stays open from 7 AM to 8:30 PM. Please respect the field and do not pick any sunflowers. There are a bunch of fun hiking trails and waterfalls in the park as well.
Address: 2500 IL-178 in Oglesby, IL 61348
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