Submitted by Forest Preserves of Cook County
Starting on Tuesday, November 15 at 8 a.m., Cook County residents and visitors can reserve a spot for 2023 celebrations—from birthdays, reunions, to holidays and special event gatherings—while surrounded by nature in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. All 2023 dates to spend a night under the stars camping at one of the Forest Preserves’ five campgrounds will open at the same time.
Visitors with guests who have a disability can request both picnic shelters or camping options that offer accessibility features, including accessible parking, curb cuts and path from parking to picnic shelter, and an accessible bathroom.
2023 Picnic & Event Permits
Permit sales for 2023 picnics and special events begin on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 8 a.m. online at fpdcc.com/permits and over the phone by calling 800-870-3666, option 1. It’s strongly advised to book reservations online due to anticipated high call volume. Online, customers can also view information such as site availability, picnic grove maps and the cost of their event location.
Permits may be purchased in person with a valid federal/state issued identification card on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm at the Forest Preserves General Headquarters, 536 N. Harlem Ave. in River Forest, or Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center, S. Western Ave. and W. 87th St. in Chicago. Both locations will be accepting appointments and walk-ins. Appointments can be made through fpdcc.com/permits.
Customers can learn how to book permits online by attending a Zoom session on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. Register here.
For questions or assistance with online picnic and event permit purchases, contact Forest Preserves permits staff by calling 800-870-3666, emailing email@example.com or visiting fpdcc.com/permits.
2023 Camping Reservations
All 2023 camping dates are also available beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 15. Camping reservations can be made online at fpdcc.com/camping or by phone at 855-YES-CAMP (855-937-2267). Camping reservations can be made in person at Camp Bullfrog Lake, Camp Reinberg or Camp Sullivan starting Nov. 15 during office hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or Saturdays and Sundays when people are camping. For campground contact information, visit fpdcc.com/camping.
Residents and visitors can still enjoy camping—in a tent, RV or heated cabin—at Camp Bullfrog Lake, Camp Reinberg, Camp Dan Beard and Camp Sullivan throughout winter.
For questions or assistance with making camping reservations, call 855-YES-CAMP (855-937-2267).
Customers planning 2023 picnics and special events with more than 400 people may submit applications now via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via fax at 708-771-1071. Applications are available at fpdcc.com/permits.
Indoor room rental reservations for 2023 event dates are also available now. All locations may be viewed at forestpreserveevents.com. Contact indoor room rental staff by emailing email@example.com or calling 773-558-2003 for more information.
Reservations for league use of athletic fields will be accepted on February 6, 2023. More information is available at fpdcc.com/athletic-field-permits.