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Forest Preserves of Cook County 2018 Picnic Permit Sales Begin Tuesday, January 2

December 27, 2017


Forest Preserves of Cook County 2018 Picnic Permit Sales Begin
Tuesday, January 2

 WHO:           Forest Preserves of Cook County

 WHAT:         Will begin selling 2018 picnic permits online and in-person

 WHEN:         Tuesday, January 2, 2018

WHERE:       On-line:                 8 a.m

In-person sales:    8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Dan Ryan Visitor Center
8700 S Western Ave., Chicago, IL

                                                  8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Forest Preserves of Cook County General Headquarters

536 N Harlem Ave, River Forest IL 

Doors for both FPCC General Headquarters and Dan Ryan Visitor Center will open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Media is invited to cover opening day of permit sales at the Forest Preserves of Cook County. B-roll and interview opportunities are available.


Several hundred permits are issued on the first day they are available for purchase. Visitors are encouraged to avoid the lines by reserving their favorite picnic grove online. Cash, check, Visa and MasterCard are accepted in person.  

The online permitting system allows residents to create an account in order to purchase a variety of permits, including family and corporate picnics, walk-a-thons and special use permits. Customers that created profiles in past years are advised to use the same log-in information.     

A Picnic Permit must be obtained by groups of 25 or more. Reservations for camping April 1 through December 31 open on January 2, as well. 

The various permit prices and a list locations are posted the Forest Preserves website,

Please note, this will be the last January 2 Opening Day for Forest Preserves picnic permits. Permit requests for picnics and special events hosted in 2019 will go on sale Thursday, November 15, 2018. More information will be released closer to the start of 2019 permit sales.


  • The Forest Preserves of Cook County sold approximately 6,600 permits in 2017.
  • The most popular groves for picnics in 2016 were:

o   Dan Ryan – Chicago

o   Schiller Woods – Chicago/Schiller Park

o   Bunker Hill – Chicago/Niles

o   Busse Woods – Elk Grove Village/Rolling Meadows/ Schaumburg



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