Picnic & Special Event Permits

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Our picnic groves and preserves are popular locations for gatherings of all sizes.

 

The Forest Preserves have approximately 297 picnic groves (191 with shelters) available for public use. Permit fees vary based on grove size, capacity and special items used on Forest Preserves property. Basic picnic permits range from $47 to $115, but special event permits may cost more. Click here for sample fee information (PDF).

 

Jump to:   Basic Picnic | Large Picnic or Special Event

 

Basic Picnic

 

Apply for a Basic Picnic Permit if your event will:

  • Have 25 – 399 attendees; AND
  • NOT have any special use items (inflatables, generators, amplified sound, tents larger than 10×10, petting zoos, etc.)

 

Purchase Basic Picnic Permit

Purchase OnlineDownload Application

 

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Large Picnic or Special Event

 

Apply for a Large Picnic or Special Event Permit if your event will:

  • Have 400+ attendees*; OR
  • Have special use items (inflatables, generators, amplified sound, tents larger than 10×10, petting zoo, etc.); OR
  • Be a special event such as a walk-a-thon, run, fishing derby, etc.

 

*Please note: Picnics and Events with 400+ attendees are limited to our large event areas. Click here for large event area listings (PDF).

 

 

Insurance Requirements

All permits for Large Picnics or Special Events require a Certificate of General Liability Insurance, naming the Forest Preserves of Cook County as an additional insured in the amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence. All documentation must be received at least two weeks prior to the event. Click here for instructions and a sample certificate (PDF).

 

 

What is a Special Use Item?

Special Use Items include, but are not limited to:

 

Amplified Equipment

Canopy Tents

Dunk Tanks

Food Trucks/Snack Machines

Game Booths

Generators

Inflatables

Kiddie Rides

On-site Caterers

Petting Zoos

Pony Rides

Port-o-lets/Port-o-sinks

 

Purchase Large Picnic or Special Event Permit

Purchase OnlineDownload Application

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