Athletic Leagues

an athletic field at Dan Ryan Woods

League Permits are required for any organized group, individual, or sports league that holds games or practices on Forest Preserves of Cook County property regardless of attendance or time duration.

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Overview

League activities include, but are not limited to games, practices, events and classes. League activities must be held on Forest Preserves designated athletic fields. Fields must be reserved for a minimum of 2 hours.

Activities with 400+ attendees or more than 100 participants per field and tournaments must apply for an Special/Athletic/Other Event Permit.


Apply for a Permit

Permit requests may be submitted in person at Forest Preserves General Headquarters (address and hours below), by fax (708-771-1071) or via email (fpd.permits@cookcountyil.gov). A location map indicating where activities will take place and league/class schedule must be submitted with the application.


General Headquarters & Permit Office
536 N Harlem Ave
800-870-3666

General Hours:
Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Memorial Day to Labor Day Hours:
Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Sat: 9am – 2pm


Locations

Athletic Field Locations
NameFieldsLocationNotes
1st Ave & North Ave1N 1st Ave & North Ave
River Grove, IL 60171 (map)
No parking.
111th & Kean1111th St & Kean Ave
Palos Hills, IL 60459 (map)
No parking.
147th & Ridgeland4147th St & Ridgeland Ave
Oak Forest, IL 60452 (map)
I-294 & Ogden
1I-294 & Ogden Ave
Western Springs, IL 60558 (map)
No parking.
Brezina Woods1N La Grange Rd, south of W Cermak Rd
Cook County, IL 60526 (map)
Under 18 years old only. No Friday to Sunday permits from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Calumet Woods1Ashland Ave & Charles Dr
Riverdale, IL 60827 (map)
Additional fees ($60-130) for Friday to Sunday permits.
Dam No. 2 Woods1E Des Plaines River Rd, south of E Euclid Ave/W Lake Ave
Cook County, IL 60056 (map)
Dan Ryan Woods-Central4W 83rd St, east of S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60620 (map)
No Friday to Sunday permits from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Additional fees ($60-130) for Friday to Sunday permits.
Elizabeth Conkey Forest-North2Central Ave, north of W 135th St
Cook County, IL 60463 (map)
Harms Woods-South1Harms Rd, north of Golf Rd
Cook County, IL 60077 (map)
Additional fees ($60-130) for Friday to Sunday permits.
Miller Meadow-South11st Ave, south of Roosevelt Rd
Cook County, IL 60130 (map)
No Friday to Sunday permits from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Additional fees ($60-130) for Friday to Sunday permits.
Ned Brown Meadow4Golf Rd, east of I-290/Hwy 53
Cook County, IL 60007 (map)
No Friday to Sunday permits from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Additional fees ($60-130) for Friday to Sunday permits.
Grassy Ridge Meadow2W Central Ave, east of Huntington Blvd/Freeman Rd
Hoffman Estates, IL 60195 (map)
John E. Traeger Family Picnic Area1E Touhy Ave, east of Talcott Rd
Park Ridge, IL 60068 (map)
Pioneer Woods1107th St, east of S Willow Springs Rd/Flavin Rd
Cook County, IL 60480 (map)
Plank Road Meadow Boat Launch1Ogden Ave, east of 1st Ave
Riverside, IL 60534 (map)
Robinson Homestead Family Picnic Area2Des Plaines River Rd, south of Lawrence Ave,
Schiller Park, IL 60176 (map)
Schiller Playfield3W Montrose Ave, east of N Cumberland Ave
Chicago, IL 60706 (map)
Schiller Woods-East9W Irving Park Rd, west of N Cumberland Ave
Chicago, IL 60634 (map)
St. Paul Woods1Lincoln Ave, south of W Dempster St
Morton Grove, IL 60053 (map)
No Friday to Sunday permits from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Additional fees ($60-130) for Friday to Sunday permits.
Thatcher Woods
1Chicago Ave, west of Thatcher Ave
River Forest, IL 60305 (map)
Under 18 years old only. No Friday to Sunday permits.
Woodland Meadow3Rohlwing Rd, north of Biesterfield Rd
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 (map)