Nestled in serene forests in Chicago and the suburbs, the Forest Preserves of Cook County indoor event venues offer scenic views and beautiful spaces for your next event.
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cancellations
To book permits for 2020 event dates, please call 800-870-3666, option 1 or email FPD.Permits@cookcountyil.gov. Online reservations are not available. All events are limited to 50 people (with physical distancing).
For permitted events and indoor room rentals that were booked before July 31, 2020 and are scheduled to be held through December 31, 2020, there will be no penalty for rescheduling or cancelling regardless of whether they are cancelled by the Forest Preserves or by the permit holder. For events and indoor room rentals booked on or after August 1, 2020, standard cancellation rules apply, unless state or local COVID-19 regulations change in a way that would prohibit the event.
Service at the Forest Preserves General Headquarters permits counter is by appointment only on Mondays and Wednesdays. We strongly encourage patrons to call 800-870-3666 or email FPD.Permits@cookcountyil.gov for their permit needs.
Please call 800-870-3666 to leave a message for in-person appointment scheduling or to book a permit by phone. Calls are returned within 24 to 48 hours.
Contact Lindsay Rash at 773-558-2003 or email@example.com to reschedule or receive a refund for indoor room rentals.
Learn more about COVID-19 cancellations and closures.
Dan Ryan Woods Pavilion
Versatility is the key word for the Dan Ryan Woods Pavilion. The wide open design can be arranged to suit a variety of affairs, functions and occasions. This pavilion can accommodate approximately 120 guests and is perfect for your next banquet, meeting, seminar, luncheon or reception. Additionally, the Dan Ryan Woods Pavilion has a smartly designed kitchen for light food preparation.
Rolling Knolls Pavilion
The LEED-Platinum certified building includes a large meeting/event space that accommodates up to 80 guests and a smaller room for meetings that seats 20. Both rooms have easy access to the outdoor patio area on the ground level and a deck that overlooks a scenic lake offering a beautiful view. This facility is an enjoyable meeting location and can be rented out for private parties, weddings, birthdays, communions, baptismal and organizational meetings.
Swallow Cliff Pavilion
Just north of the 100-foot bluff and popular fitness stairs, the Swallow Cliff Pavilion is perfect for any occasion. Built in 2016, this LEED Silver-certified facility provides an intimate setting for birthday parties, showers, classes and meetings.
In addition to the wood-burning brick fireplace, the 40-person pavilion features a kitchen prep area, refrigerator/freezer and restrooms. The floor-to-ceiling windows on either side of the building open completely to allow a cool breeze or create an amazing indoor/outdoor experience.
*Shared patio is not part of rental space, the building does not feature air conditioning and parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Thatcher Woods Pavilion
This event venue is anchored by a stone masonry traditional gas-lit fireplace which adds richness to the restoration of the entire facility. Two meeting rooms can be used either as a single space or two separate functions, which can accommodate approximately 120 or 80/40 guests accordingly. A convenient prep-type kitchen is on-site.
Volunteer Resource Center
The Forest Preserves’ Volunteer Resource Center (The VRC) has long been an enjoyable meeting location and can be rented out for private parties, weddings, birthdays, communions, baptismal, and organizational meetings. It features an amply spaced room with a stage and an outdoor stone patio separated by a row of classic French doors. This room can accommodate up to 100 guests and has a smaller class room (40 guests) nearby which can be configured for a variety of uses as well.
This space is accented by beautiful high-wooden ceilings, superb acoustics and wood burning fireplace and is hidden in the Forest Preserves of Cook County overlooking the Edgebrook golf course.