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COVID-19 Update

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We are Open! Please Read our Safety Procedures

Dear Forest Preserve of Cook County Patrons,

First, the Forest Preserves would like to thank you for your patience and understanding as we all navigate these challenging times.

Due to concerns associated with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and in accordance with the most recent guidance issued by local authorities, we are open for indoor permitted events at 40% capacity which is 48 guests or fewer at the Dan Ryan Pavilion and Thatcher Woods Pavilion and 40 guests or fewer at the VRC at Edgebrook Pavilion. As soon as state and local guidelines allow indoor events to resume at a higher capacity, we will offer permits for that capacity allowed under the guidance.

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 adjust our policies as conditions and information continues to 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.

2021 Permit Information:

  • February and March-Currently accepting applications for 48 guests or less at the Dan Ryan Pavilion and Thatcher Woods Pavilion and 40 guests or less at the VRC at Edgebrook Pavilion. If guidance changes to allow more guests, you will be allowed to host more at your event.
  • April-December-Currently accepting applications for 50 guests or less at the Dan Ryan Pavilion, the Thatcher Woods Pavilion and The VRC at Edgebrook Pavilion. If guidance changes to allow more guests, you will be allowed to host more at your event.
  • Specific regulations for hosting an event at an indoor pavilion can be found here.