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 1,000+ can submit applications via email at fpd.permits@cookcountyil.gov, USPS mail or in person. Include proposed routes (for walks, races, etc.) with the application.
 


 

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)

Winter Hours:
January 2017 Only
All Fridays in January: 8:30am – 4:30pm
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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Camping

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

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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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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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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