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 and permission for other event features/amenities.

Activities that require a Chicago Park District Special Event Permit include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • 50 or more participants/spectators
  • Amplified sound
  • Advertising or sponsorship activities
  • Selling and/or distributing merchandise, services or food
  • Exercise classes or boot camps
  • Alcohol service or sale
  • Tents
  • Inflatables
  • Stages
  • Walk/Run/Bike Route
  • Specific location reservations

For gatherings of 50 people or less, that don’t include any of the features listed above, call the park directly to request event space.  Click here to search for a park.

Lakefront Picnics

Maps are available in the "Applications, Maps and Documents” section.  Designated picnic groves are denoted by a dark green circle with a grove number in the center.


For pricing and additional information, click on the relevant link below for your event:

View the full fee schedule for all permitted events.


If you have any additional questions, view our Frequently Asked Questions page, or call (312) 763-6710.