On January 2, 2014, Permit Opening Day, the Forest Preserves will be offering a new online system that will streamline the permitting process. The system, called ActiveNet, will allow you to apply electronically for a wide range of Forest Preserves permits.
To reserve picnic spots and request event spaces through ActiveNet, you must first set up an account. Once you do, you’ll be able to review your transaction history. And you can still buy a 2014 permit in person at Forest Preserves Headquarters, beginning Opening Day, if you prefer.
Click here to create your ActiveNet account and don’t forget to book your favorite picnic spot for 2014 beginning in January.
Picnic permits may be purchased via the internet by clicking the button above, or in person at the Forest Preserve District of Cook County General Headquarters, 536 N. Harlem Avenue, River Forest, Illinois.
Athletic Field Permits are issued for the use of District property for Sport Activities, such as Baseball, Football, Rugby and Soccer, for multiple days, in designated fields.
The Forest Preserve District of Cook County’s Mathew Bieszczat Volunteer Resource Center can be rented out for private parties, weddings, birthdays, communions, bastimals, and organizational meetings.
Permits are required for certain recreational activities on Forest Preserve District property, including youth organization camping, snowmobiling, use of the dog-friendly area at Beck Lake and equestrian activities. Click below to learn how to obtain these permits.