Central, Somonauk and Logan parks are great places for your family gathering or group picnics in Park Forest!
*How to Obtain a 2023 Park/Equipment Permit: Click here for Park Permit Day flyer
The Park Forest Recreation and Parks Department will hold its Annual Park Pavilion Permit Lottery on Saturday, February 4, 2023 beginning at 9 a.m. The event is held each year to allow members of the public the opportunity to secure their preferred Park Forest Park Pavilion at Central Park, Somonauk Park and Logan Park.
Two separate lotteries will be held for Park Forest residents and non-Park Forest residents. This lottery system is designed to allow Park Forest residents priority selection in what has become a popular lottery event, with an increasing number of non-Park Forest residents participating in the process.
The Park Permit Lottery for Park Forest residents will begin at 9 a.m. The lottery for non-Park Forest residents will immediately follow the Park Forest resident lottery. All members of the public must be present by 9 a.m. Please check-in between 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Please bring a State ID to verify residency.
Names will be pulled for the Park Forest resident permit lottery first, and permits will be issued in the order names are selected. Names will be drawn for the non-Park Forest resident lottery second, and permits will be issued in the order names are selected. Please note that individuals are restricted to one picnic date per person. Full payment is due at time of reserving a permit. No phone orders.
WHAT TO BRING TO YOUR APPOINTMENT TO SECURE A PARK/EQUIPMENT PERMIT
Please note that individuals are restricted to one picnic date per person.
⦁ All members of the public must arrive by 9 am. Check-in time is 8:30am to 8:45 am at Park Forest Village Hall at 350 Victory Dr., Park Forest, IL.
⦁ Bring Your State Drivers License or State ID
⦁ Full payment is due at time of reserving a permit. Forms of payment accepted are cash, check, charge cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover).
⦁ A Temporary Liquor Permit is required for all park permits requesting to serve and/or consume alcohol in the parks. Information is listed above or call Recreation, Parks & Community Health at 708-748-2005 for more information.
⦁ Pavilions may be rented between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Time stated on permit must include set-up and clean-up time. Park permits do not include reserved time on ballfields or tennis courts.
⦁ Park and Equipment Permits are for rain or shine.
⦁ Permit cancellations must be made two weeks prior to permit date to be considered for a refund. Permits are subject to the following cancellation fees: Park Permits $10. Equipment permits 5% of the total fee.
How to Obtain a 2023 Park/Equipment Permit
If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health at 708-748-2005.