League Permits

League Permits are required for activities by organized groups and/or sports leagues, regardless of attendance, that take place on Forest Preserves of Cook County designated fields. Sport activities include, but are not limited to games, practices, events, classes and etc. Activities for which the field will be lined or marked must use designated field areas. Sporting events with 400+ persons must apply for a Special Event Permit.


Also, in conjunction with a sport activity/event, if your organization/group wishes to use a picnic grove/shelter, generator, canopy tent, etc., additional permit(s) and special use fees will be required.


Apply In Person, by Fax or by Email

Applications may be submitted in-person at our headquarters (536 N. Harlem Avenue, River Forest, IL 60305). The permit desk is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Applications may also be submitted via fax to 708-771-1071 or via email to fpd.permits@cookcountyil.gov. Applications must include a Certificate of General Liability Insurance in the amount of $1,000,000, naming the “Forest Preserve District of Cook County” as Additional Insured.

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111th St & Kean Ave #1 111th St & Kean Ave Palos Hills No Parking
147th St & Ridgeland Ave #1 – #4 147TH St & Ridgeland Ave Palos Township
I-294 & Ogden Ave #1 I-294 & Ogden Ave Proviso Township No Parking
Bemis Woods North
Weekend play not permitted during summer
#1 Wolf Rd, south of 31st St Western Springs
Brezina Woods #1 LaGrange Rd & Cermak Rd Proviso Township Youths Only Field
(M-F only)
Busse Woods/Ned Brown Meadow
Weekend play not permitted during summer
#1 – #4 Golf Rd & Higgins Rd Elk Grove Village Field 1 must book with grove 28
Dam #2 Woods #1 E Des Plaines River Rd, south of E Euclid Ave/W Lake Ave Mount Prospect Must book grove 1 on weekends
Dan Ryan Woods
Weekend play not permitted during summer
#1 87th St & Western Ave Chicago Must book grove 4
#2 Must book grove 3
#3 Must book grove 5
#4 Must book grove 10
Dixmoor Playfield
Weekend play not permitted during summer
#1 Wood St, south of Thornton Rd Dixmoor
Elizabeth Conkey Forest #1 & #2 135th St & Central Ave Worth Township
Harms Woods #1 Golf Rd & Harms Rd Niles Must book grove 1
John E. Traeger Family Picnic Area #1 E Touhy Ave, east of Talcott Rd Park Ridge Capicity: 50 people
Miller Meadow North #1 1st Ave & Roosevelt Ave Maywood Must book grove 6
Paul Douglas/Grassy Ridge Meadow #1 – #4 Central Rd & Ela Rd Hoffman Estates
Plank Road Meadow #1 Ogden Ave & 1st Ave Lyons
River Rd & Lawrence Ave #1 & #2 River Rd & Lawrence Ave Schiller Park Robinson Homestead Family Picnic Area
Schiller Woods #1 – #9 Irving Park Rd & Cumberland Ave Schiller Park 5 Soccer / 4 Football
Schiller Playfield #1 & #2 Montrose Ave & Cumberland Ave Chicago
St Paul Woods
Weekend play not permitted during summer
#1 Lincoln Ave & Lehigh Rd Morton Grove Must book grove 4
Thatcher Woods #1 Chicago Ave & Thatcher Ave River forest Youths Only Field
(M-F only)
Woodland Meadow #1 – #3 Rohlwing Rd & Biesterfield Rd Elk Grove Village
Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County