Picnic Permits

Picnic permits are intended for small events with few event features, such as family reunions or other private social gatherings.  A Special Event Permit-Picnic Level includes rental of a picnic grove.   Picnic groves located in several lakefront parks are indicated in the map downloads listed to the right.  Designated picnic groves are denoted by a dark green circle with a grove number in the center.
Activities that require a Chicago Park District Special Event Permit may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Events with 50 or more participants
  • Use of amplified sound
  • Any advertising or sponsorship activities
  • Selling and/or distributing food, goods or merchandise (this includes exercise classes or boot camps)
  • Liquor
  • Tents
  • Inflatables
  • Stages
  • Walk/Run Route
  • Specific location reservations

A Special Event Permit includes rental of a picnic grove or other park space.   Picnic groves located in several lakefront parks are indicated in the map downloads listed to the right.  Designated picnic groves are denoted by a dark green circle with a grove number in the center.
Please consider that there are other activities or proposed event features that may require you to secure a Chicago Park District Special Event Permit. Permits are issued on a first come, first served basis.

Click here to learn about the Special Event Permit Application Process & start your Application. 

If you have any additional questions, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions page. Also, feel free to contact our office with any additional questions: (312) 742-5369.