2022 Forest Preserve rentals and permits open on November 15

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Photo: Josh Bootsma, Sweet Woods Forest Preserve.
Information provided by the Forest Preserves of Cook County

CHICAGO, Ill. (November 8, 2021) – Starting on Monday, November 15, Cook County residents and visitors can reserve a spot for 2022 celebrations — from birthdays and reunions to holidays and special event gatherings — while surrounded by nature in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. All 2022 dates to spend a night under the stars camping at one of the Forest Preserves’ five campgrounds will open at the same time.

2022 picnic & event permits

Permit sales for 2022 picnics and special events begin on Monday, November 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 also be purchased in person with a valid federal/state issued identification card on Tuesday, November 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.

Customers can learn how to book permits online by attending a Zoom session on Wednesday, November 10 at 6 p.m. Register at: surveymonkey.com/r/WLG3WXK.

2022 camping reservations

All 2022 camping dates are also available beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, November 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 November 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.

Residents and visitors can still enjoy camping—in a tent, RV or heated cabin—at Camp Bullfrog Lake, Camp Reinberg and Camp Sullivan throughout winter.

For questions or assistance with making camping reservations, call 855-YES-CAMP (855-937-2267).

Other permits

Customers planning 2022 picnics and special events with more than 400 people may submit applications now via email at [email protected] or via fax at 708-771-1071. Applications are available at fpdcc.com/permits.

Indoor room rental reservations for 2022 event dates are also available now. All locations may be viewed at forestpreserveevents.com. Contact indoor room rental staff by emailing [email protected] or calling 773-558-2003 for more information.

Reservations for league use of athletic fields will be accepted on February 7, 2022. More information is available at fpdcc.com/athletic-field-permits.