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Park Permits

Do You Need A Permit for Your Event?

ATTENTION: Our parks are open and we welcome patrons to visit and enjoy the outdoors as long as current CDC guidelines are followed.  Groups up to 50 people can congregate per CDC regulations in any given outdoor space.  To reduce the spread of COVID-19, CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Usage of areas in the park is on a first come, first served basis.  You may gather in a park but you are not guaranteed any specific space or feature within the park.  If a Park District program or a Park District sports affiliate organization with an Athletic Field/Court Permit or Special Event Permit is present, that organization has the right to exclusive use of their permitted area and may ask your group and others to exit the field/court or other permitted area. 

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If you are planning an event in a park in Oak Park, you may need to secure a park permit in order to proceed with your event. Certain activities that require a permit may include, but is not limited to, the following:

Please keep in mind that there are other activities or proposed event features that may require you to secure a permit. If you are unsure whether your special event will need a permit, please refer to the Park District Code or contact the Park District at (708) 725-2000.

Permit Application Process

Regardless of the type of permit you are seeking, the process is generally the same.  If you are unsure whether or not a permit is required for your event or which type of permit you should use, please contact the Park District at for more information.

  1. Choose a park location, date, and time for your event. You are strongly encouraged to choose an alternate location and/or date in the event that your first choice is not available as it will help lessen any delay in the approval of your request.
  2. Complete all sections of the appropriate permit application. All proposed activities and events are subject to the approval of the Park District. Incomplete applications or those missing the application fee will not be considered. If your event consists of multiple dates within one calendar year with the same location, event activities, and arrangements, you need to submit only one application listing all dates (which saves you money in only having to pay one application fee).
  3. Submit the completed application and fee to the Park District of Oak Park at least 2 weeks (or 4 weeks for Special Event Permit Applications) prior to the start of your event. Submittal of an application does not automatically grant you a permit to conduct your planned event as all applications are subject to review.
  4. Completed applications with applicable fees are processed in the order which they are received. Applicants can expect to receive an initial response to their application via e-mail no later than 2 weeks after it was received. At this time, applicants will be notified of the status of the application as well as any remaining fees that must be paid and/or additional documents that must be submitted before a permit is approved and final confirmation is sent. Delays in submission of these fees or information may result in the denial of the permit.

Applicants are required to inform the Park District of Oak Park of any and all amendments to the original application prior to the event day. Once all requirements have been fulfilled, including receipt of all documents and full payment, a park permit will be issued.

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