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Small Gatherings


ATTN: The Governor of Illinois has issued a Stay in Place order for all Illinois residents to help protect the public from the spread of Covid-19 disease. Additionally, the Oak Park Public Heath Department has prohibited all gatherings and private events of ten (10) or more persons through June 30. We are still accepting permit and rental applications however if restrictions are extended to the date of your event, it will be cancelled or postponed. If you have any question, please email or call 708.725.2000.

Picnic Shelter and Patio Rentals

The Park District has several designated areas available for groups to rent for your upcoming picnic, birthday party, or reunion in the park.  Timeslots are available at each location from either 10am-3pm or 4pm-dusk.  Grilling is only allowed at designated adjacent grills where available.  Check availability and make your reservation online.

General Use Permits

Small groups who would like to hold a casual event (such as a family picnic, birthday party, etc) in a park without a designated picnic area available may apply for a General Use Permit. This permit allows the group to gather in the park, but does not guarantee any specific space or feature within the park (everything remains open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis) including athletic fields/courts, even if the purpose of the event listed on the application is for a pick-up game. Applicants wishing to hold an organized practice, game, etc. of any size must apply for an Athletic Field/Court Rental instead.

While this permit does not guarantee any specific space, it is required by Park District Code and does generally provide restroom access for groups when available as well as help to eliminate having conflicting groups in a park at the same time. Please note that this type of permit is not issued at parks where Picnic Reservations are available (currently Field Park and Taylor Park).

Group Size: Up to 30 individuals

Application Requirements: Completed General Use Permit Application & Application Fee ($10R/$25NR)

Permit Fee: None


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