Permits & Rentals


Opening Day For 2015 Picnic & Special Event Permits Is January 2

 
Avoid the lines at our General Headquarters this year by reserving your favorite picnic grove online—from the comfort of your own home.

Online and in-person sales start at 8 am on Friday, January 2. The doors at our General Headquarters (536 N. Harlem Ave., River Forest, IL 60305) will open at 7 am. Cash, check, Visa and Mastercard are accepted in person.  We look forward to serving you!

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a picnic

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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indoor event space

Indoor Event Facilities

Choose between three indoor facilities with five unique event spaces for your special celebration or meeting.

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Snowmobiling Permits

Enjoy snowmobiling in five 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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a baseball field

Athletic Field Permits

Enjoy organized sports such as baseball, football, rugby and soccer on our athletic fields. Permits are required for organizations and groups of 25 persons or more.

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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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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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Aquatic Memberships

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

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Camping Permits

Experience what it’s like to camp overnight in the forest preserves starting in early 2015. Camp Alphonse is currently available for Youth Organization Camping.

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