Permits & Rentals

2017 Event, Picnic & Camping Permits Are Now Available

Picnic, event and camping permits may be purchased online with Visa or MasterCard or in person with cash, check, Visa or MasterCard (and a driver’s licenses or state ID). View the 2017 fee schedule or click here for more information 2017 fee changes.


Large Events: Events with estimated attendance of 400+ can submit applications via email at, USPS mail or in person. Applications must include proposed routes (for walks, races, etc.). Click here to view the Large Capacity (400+ attendee) locations. Groves within large capacity areas are not permitted for smaller groups, unless requested date is within 45 days.


General Headquarters

536 N. Harlem Ave.
River Forest, IL 60305 (map)

General Hours:
Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Summer Hours:
(Memorial Day to Labor Day)
Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 6:30pm
Sat: 9am – 2pm

Dan Ryan Visitor Center

Western Ave. & 87th St.
Chicago, IL 60620 (map)

Summer Hours:
(Memorial Day to Labor Day)
Tue & Thu: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Sat: 9am – 2pm

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Picnic & Special Event Permits

Our picnic groves and preserves are popular locations for gatherings of all sizes—from intimate picnics to large-scale special events.

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Camp at one of five new and revitalized campgrounds open to families, groups and individuals of all ages and interests.

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League Permits

Enjoy organized sports such as baseball, football, rugby and soccer on our athletic fields. Permits are required for organized groups and/or leagues, regardless of attendance.

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Off-Leash Dog Area Memberships

Our off-leash dog areas allow your dog to run, fetch and play uninhibited and unrestrained in the forest preserves.

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Indoor Event Facilities

Choose between four facilities with six event spaces for your special celebration or meeting.

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Equestrian Licenses & Tags

Explore 200 miles of multi-use trails on horseback. Ride for a day or all year with two convenient equestrian license options.

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Snowmobiling Permits

Enjoy snowmobiling in four designated forest preserve locations when a minimum four inch snow base exists on frozen turf and temperatures are constant 20 degrees or less.

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Aquatic Center Memberships

Swim, play or just relax at one of our three aquatic centers located in a beautiful forest preserve setting.

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Fitness & Recreation Classes

For organizations interested in holding fee-based fitness or recreation classes on Forest Preserves property, call 708-771-1371.

Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County