Maple Syrup Events March 2015

Spring is Maple Sugaring time! Here are Chicagoland’s top events to learn more about the harvesting and production of this sweet treat from maples trees right in our local forest preserves! Get out there and make some memories!

For more great family events, see Oaklee’s Spring issue, or search our calendar of events!












Festival of the Sugar Maples

March 7 & 8, 14 & 15 in Marengo

Discover how maple trees produce sap each spring and learn how sap is collected from the trees and made at the evaporator house!

Sap’s Rising & Maple Syrup Celebration

March 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22 in Northbrook

Walk in the sugar maple forest as winter comes to an end and learn about the sweet history of maple syrup making.

Maple Sugaring Days

March 14 & 15 in Naperville

Learn the time-honored method of collecting sap the old-fashioned way, with maple tree tapping demo, hands-on activities & a tasty maple treat.

Maple Sugaring 

March 14 & 15 in St. Charles

We’ll explore the art, science, and folklore of the ‘sugar bush,’ or maple grove, from early Native American times to the modern sugaring industry.

Maple Syrup Hikes

Weekends, March 14 – 29 in Riverwoods

Take a one-hour hike with a naturalist and learn how sap from the sugar maple trees is turned into sweet maple syrup.

Maple Fest

March 21 in Batavia

Watch how maple sap is turned into delicious maple syrup, and learn how people have tapped maple trees for maple sap.

Maple Syrup Festival at NPV

March 21 & 22 in Chicago

Come and see the entire maple syrup-making process from tapping the tree and collecting the sap, to boiling it down into syrup.