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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Field Locations


* Additional grove fees ($60-$130) for weekends (F-Su) will apply
^ Weekend (F-Su) play prohibited Memorial Day through Labor Day


Location Name Fields Address
1st Ave & North Ave
(no parking)
1 N 1st Ave & North Ave, River Grove, IL 60171
111th & Kean
(no parking)
1 111th St & Kean Ave, Palos Hills, IL 60459
147th & Ridgeland 4 147th St & Ridgeland Ave, Oak Forest, IL 60452
I-294 & Ogden
(no parking)
1 I-294 & Ogden Ave, Western Springs, IL 60558
Brezina Woods ^
(under 18 years old only)
1 N La Grange Rd, south of W Cermak Rd, Cook County, IL 60526
Calumet Woods* 1 Ashland Ave & Charles Dr, Riverdale, IL 60827
Dam No. 2 Woods 1 E Des Plaines River Rd, south of E Euclid Ave/W Lake Ave, Cook County, IL 60056
Dan Ryan Woods-Central *^ 4 W 83rd St, east of S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60620
Elizabeth Conkey Forest-North 2 Central Ave, north of W 135th St, Cook County, IL 60463
Harms Woods-South * 1 Harms Rd, north of Golf Rd, Cook County, IL 60077
Miller Meadow-South *^ 1 1st Ave, south of Roosevelt Rd, Cook County, IL 60130
Ned Brown Meadow *^ 4 Golf Rd, east of I-290/Hwy 53, Cook County, IL 60007
Grassy Ridge Meadow 2 W Central Ave, east of Huntington Blvd/Freeman Rd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60195
John E. Traeger Family Picnic Area 1 E Touhy Ave, east of Talcott Rd, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Pioneer Woods 1 107th St, east of S Willow Springs Rd/Flavin Rd, Cook County, IL 60480
Plank Road Meadow Boat Launch 1 Ogden Ave, east of 1st Ave, Riverside, IL 60534
Robinson Homestead Family Picnic Area 2 Des Plaines River Rd, south of Lawrence Ave, Schiller Park, IL 60176
Schiller Playfield 3 W Montrose Ave, east of N Cumberland Ave, Chicago, IL 60706
Schiller Woods-East 9 W Irving Park Rd, west of N Cumberland Ave, Chicago, IL 60634
St. Paul Woods *^ 1 Lincoln Ave, south of W Dempster St, Morton Grove, IL 60053
Thatcher Woods
(under 18 years old, Monday-Thursday only)
1 Chicago Ave, west of Thatcher Ave, River Forest, IL 60305
Woodland Meadow 3 Rohlwing Rd, north of Biesterfield Rd, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County