You can purchase picnic permits online 24/7 up to four full calendar days in advance.
For other options, download our picnic area permit application (PDF) or call Visitor Services at 630-933-7248 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Phone reservations must be made at least three full business days in advance.
Locations & Fees
G Built-in charcoal grill (charcoal and lighter fluid not included)
F Fireplace (no outside firewood)
Fees are nonrefundable regardless of the reason you cancel (even for the weather), but you can change your reservation once up to two weeks in advance over the phone for an additional $5.
Need a Special-Use Permit Instead?
Per the General Use Regulation Ordinance, several activities require more than picnic permits to reserve sites. They require special use permits, which you can't purchase online. These activities include fundraisers for charitable, humanitarian, or benevolent causes; contests; training programs or exercises; shows; exhibits of dramatic performances; plays; acts; motion pictures; acrobatic feats; bazaars; sporting events; musical events; ceremonies; children's day camps; or any public meetings, assemblies, demonstrations, or parades, including but not limited to drills or maneuvers, rallies, picketing events, public speeches or addresses, group marches, or political meetings.
To request a special use permit, call Visitor Services at 630-933-7248 at least two full calendar weeks in advance.
Grills & Canopies
If you have a picnic permit, you can rent a Forest Preserve District canopy or grill (if available) at select sites to use the same day.
You can set up a private canopy at certain locations, too, but need to pay an extra fee if your canopy is over 200 square feet.
To rent a canopy or grill or request to set up your own canopy, call Visitor Services at 630-933-7248 at least three full business days before your event.
Forest Preserve District Canopy
20' x 30', 75-person capacity, includes setup/takedown
||$325 per day
||$375 per day
Forest Preserve District Grill
2’ x 5', includes setup/takedown but not charcoal or lighter fluid
||$75 per day
||$90 per day
To set up an approved private canopy over 200 square feet, you need Forest Preserve District approval and are responsible for contacting JULIE to ensure you set it up in the correct location.
||$10 per day
||$12 per day
Picnicking Rules & Regulations
For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, you must follow these rules and regulations.
If you you have a permit for a shelter or picnic area, as the permit holder, you must be 21 or older and remain on site.
Do not bring alcoholic beverages into the forest preserve; they are strictly prohibited.
Keep your site clean and dispose of trash in the appropriate garbage or recycling containers.
Stay with your pets at all times. Always keep them leashed and quiet, and pick up any pet waste.
Do not start any ground fires.
Do not bring or use horseshoes, piñatas, egg-toss games, water balloons, animal rides, dunk tanks, moon walks, musical performers, disc jockeys, stages, tents or trampolines.
Use generators, stereos and similar equipment only at volumes that do not disturb other visitors.
Follow all Forest Preserve District of DuPage County ordinances, state statutes and administrative orders. The Forest Preserve District may modify these rules and regulations at any time.