Dear Forest Preserve of Cook County Patron,
First, the Forest Preserves would like to thank you for your patience and understanding as we all navigate these challenging times.
We want to send you an update as of Tuesday, March 17. Due to concerns associated with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and in accordance with the most recent guidance issued by the CDC, the Forest Preserves of Cook County is requiring the cancellation of all permitted events, including indoor room rentals, and campground reservations until May 11.
We will also be closing our nature centers, including the trails and restrooms, to the public until May 11. All Forest Preserve public programs and partner events are also cancelled during this time. Trails and outdoor locations will remain open.
There will be no penalty for rescheduling or cancelling any permitted event that is scheduled to take place before May 11 regardless of whether it is cancelled by the Forest Preserves or by the permit holder.
As of Tuesday, March 17, the Forest Preserves General Headquarters will be closed to the public. Patrons can call 800-870-3666, or email FPD.Permits@cookcountyil.gov to reschedule or receive a refund. Because of the anticipated volume of response, we appreciate your understanding for any delays as changes are processed.
The Forest Preserves is working with the Cook County Department of Public Health and the Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security to follow the latest guidelines and best practices for prevention. We will continue to monitor the situation and it is very possible that we will extend or expand our cancellation policies as conditions and information continues to rapidly evolve.
We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused, but please be assured that the health and well-being of our visitors is always the primary concern of the Forest Preserves. If you are able, we urge you to continue to spend time outdoors, whether that's in the Forest Preserves, a park or your own backyard. Time in nature has been shown to provide significant mental and physical health benefits, and that's especially important during these difficult times. Please closely follow guidelines for social distancing in public and other Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommended prevention strategies.