Sledding

a child sledding at Caldwell Woods

When the snow starts falling, nothing says “winter fun” like sledding in the Forest Preserves.

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Sledding Hill Locations

Sledding hills are open when the ground is frozen and covered with a minimum of three inches of snow.

Public safety requires the temporary closing of some Forest Preserves parking areas during the winter season. However, our maintenance department prioritizes the clearing of parking areas serving winter activities. Always call ahead to make sure sledding hills and parking areas are open.


With Lighting

Sledding hills with lighting are staffed and open Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 7:30pm; Friday-Saturday: 10am – 8:30pm daily when conditions allow.


Caldwell Woods
W Devon Ave & N Nagle Ave
Chicago, IL 60646 (view web map of Caldwell Woods)

Call 847-647-2240 for sledding hill status.


Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center
S Western Ave & W 87th St

Call 773-233-3766 for sledding hill status.


Swallow Cliff Woods-North
Calumet Sag Rd/Rte 83, west of La Grange Rd/96th Ave
(near Palos Park)

Requires a minimum of 6 inches of snow. Call 708-839-5617 for sledding hill status.


Westchester Woods
W Cermak Rd, east of S Manheim Rd/S La Grange Rd
Cook County, IL 60526 (view web map of Westchester Woods)
(near La Grange Park)

Call 708-447-0090 for sledding hill status.


Without Lighting

Sledding hills without lighting are open 10 am to sunset daily when conditions allow.


Deer Grove
N Quentin Rd, north of W Dundee Rd
Cook County, IL 60074 (view web map of Deer Grove)
(near Palatine)

Sledding hills located at both Picnic Grove #4 and Picnic Grove #5. Call 847-437-8330 for sledding hill status.


Pioneer Woods
107th St, east of S Willow Springs Rd/Flavin Rd
Cook County, IL 60480 (view web map of Pioneer Woods)
(near Willow Springs)

Call 708-839-5617 for sledding hill status.


Thaddeus S. “Ted” Lechowicz Woods
N Central Ave, north of N Elston Ave

Call 847-647-2240 for sledding hill status.


Schiller Woods-East
W Irving Park Rd, west of N Cumberland Ave

Call 773-625-0606 for sledding hill status.


Snowboarding

The sledding hill at Dan Ryan Woods-West features a separate area for snowboarding.


Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center
S Western Ave & W 87th St

Call 773-233-3766 for snowboard hill status.


Snowboard Hill Rules

  • Snowboarding is allowed on the designated snowboard hill only.
  • Children under the age of 12 should wear a bicycle or multi-sport helmet and should be supervised by an adult.
  • Properly use appropriate snowboards which are in good repair with no sharp edges.
  • Use of skis, sleds, non-winter style tubes, carpets, toboggans and metal rail sleds is strictly prohibited.
  • Unauthorized building of ramps, bumps, moguls, hills or jumps out of any material or substance is strictly prohibited.
  • Pets and alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited on snowboard hill.
  • Snowboard hill may be closed due to lack of snow cover or for any other safety related reason.
  • Use of Forest Preserves of Cook County snowboard hill is at visitor’s own risk.
  • Forest Preserves staff reserves the right to turn away visitors who do not comply with the posted Snowboard Hill Rules and Regulations.

Sledding Rules & Regulations

  • Children under the age of 12 should wear a bicycle or multi-sport helmet and be supervised by an adult.
  • Properly use appropriate sledding devices in good repair with no sharp edges.
  • Use of skis, non-winter tubes, carpets, toboggans and metal rail sleds is strictly prohibited.
  • Unauthorized building of ramps, bumps, moguls, hills or jumps out of any material is strictly prohibited.
  • Pets and alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited on sledding hills.
  • Sledding hills may be closed due to lack of snow cover or for safety-related reasons.
  • Use of Forest Preserves of Cook County sledding hills is at visitor’s own risk.
  • Forest Preserves staff reserves the right to turn away visitors who do not comply with these Rules and Regulations.